In a statement looking forward to local elections in March, the Catholic bishops of France have staked out their opposition to “populist” parties and politicians.
Although the December 11 statement from the administrative council of
the French episcopal conference does not name any particular party,
there is little doubt that the bishops have in mind the National Front, a
rightist party that has built a strong anti-immigrant following.
bishops’ statement encourages support for candidates who are “firm in
their humanity” and “care for everyone.”
The statement was signed by the 10 bishops of the administrative
council, including the president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop
Georges Pontier of Marseilles; the vice-presidents, Archbishop
Pierre-Marie Carré of Montpellier and Bishop Pascal Delannoy of St.
Denis; and Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris.