Georges Feltin-Tracol is a French author who was a member of the think tank GRECE. He has written many books and is a regular contributor to various journals and magazines. He is also the main editor of the French identitarian website Europe Maxima. We talked with him about his years with GRECE, the identitarian ideas, geopolitics, and other current subjects.
For the beginning please give us a short introduction to your area of expertise, work, and current activities.
I am 50 years old. Trained in political science, history, and geography, I also took courses in constitutional law. I wrote my first articles in 1993. I have published ten books and collaborated on ten others. In 2005, with a few friends, I founded the French identity site Europe Maxima, of which I am the chief editor.
I contribute to the Cahiers d’Histoire du Nationalisme, the journal Synthèse nationale and the Magazine des Amis de Jean Mabire. Finally, every week, on the official TVLibertés website, I hold a podcast entitled “ Weekly Chronicle of the Planetary Village ”.
In the past, you were also a member of the main “ New Right ” French think tank GRECE (Groupement de recherche et d’études pour la civilisation européenne). What can you tell us about this think-tank and its ideas?
Readers should first be reminded that the term ” New Right ” comes from hostile leftist journalists who fuel a violent press campaign in the summer of 1979. Founded at the end of the 1960s, GRECE is multidisciplinary a think tank, and counter-encyclopedic, that has never taken political positions, except on two occasions :
– in 1974, when its secretary-general, Jean-Claude Valla (1944 – 2010), called on the readers of Éléments to vote for Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in the second round of the presidential election against the candidate of the union of the socialist left – communist François Mitterrand;
– in 1992, when the editor-in-chief of Éléments, Charles Champetier, defended the ” no ” in the referendum on the European Treaty of Maastricht. His position was the subject of a lively debate. Alain de Benoist abstained, and the Flemish and Italian ” New Rights ” supported the ” yes “.
What were your personal experiences and activities within this think-tank?
GRECE has trained me intellectually. There I met great pioneer figures who are now gone, such as Roger Lemoine (1928 – 1999), Maurice Rollet (1933 – 2014), and Jacques Marlaud (1944 – 2014). I first published articles in their regional publications before writing in Éléments. Sponsored by Jacques Marlaud and Charles Champetier, I took care of Le Lien, its internal newsletter. I also spoke at its many summer universities in the 1990s – 2000s.
Is GRECE still active today?
Today, GRECE no longer exists in practice. It was replaced by L’Institut Iliade, whose more political ambition is in line with the prospect of a return to politics, after 2022, of Marion Maréchal, the niece of Marine Le Pen. For various reasons, I detached myself from the Parisian “ New Right ” that should not be confused with the “ New Rights ” present in the different French regions, nor with other independent projects elsewhere on the continent, in particular initiatives such as Synergies européennes by the excellent Robert Steuckers. I continue, to my modest measure, the immense enterprise of the demolition of the mystifications of Modernity, Progress, and Equality.
You also deal with geopolitics. What can you tell us about geopolitical situation today, and how do you think the geopolitical goals of big “ players ” such as China, Russia, USA or the EU will evolve in the near future ?
Sweeping up the current geopolitical situation in a few lines would not be serious. I don’t read the future. But I’m not shying away.
The so-called European Union proves its geopolitical uselessness every day. This existential vacuum also affects nations, states, and peoples, which invalidates national sovereignty and the ” Frexit ” or ” Italexit ” proposals. The risk of Catalonia’s secession also shows that independence and leftism actually work for globalism. Saving our civilization requires a historic leap towards true European unity.
Russia remains a continental power, but the immensity of its territory, its small number of inhabitants, its still low birth rate, and its demographic porosity with the populations of the South Caucasus and Central Asia weaken its ambitions. Let’s not forget that Vladimir Putin is not immortal.
With Joe Biden elected thanks to massive ” Deep State ” frauds, the United States is once again the sheriff of the world. But do they still have the means to dominate the five continents? Yankee society is more divided than ever. The United States is drawing closer to the Third World and drugs are ravaging its countryside. Will we see their shattering? I wish, but I won’t bet.
As for China, thanks to its seventy-year-old dynasty, the Communist Party, it is regaining the place it lost at the end of the 18th century: being the first. In the face of Beijing’s rise to power, one must take into account the emergence of India under the national-conservative government of Narendra Modi. We forget that China is aging and that by 2050 India will be the most populous state in the world. What if the 21st-century was its century?
You´ve also written about the Solidarist movement. What can you tell us about this movement?
At the risk of discarding myself, my developed answer would go beyond the scope of this interview. After a recent publication in Spanish, Pour la Troisième Voie solidariste could be translated into English or Slovenian. In this book, I focus on France without ignoring European neighbors and experiences in South America and Russia.
Solidarism is, first of all, a formulation of the French politician, the republican Léon Bourgeois (1851 – 1925), first president of the Council of the League of Nations. He wants to give radicalism – the republican Freemason movement which constitutes the nuclear heart of the Third French Republic (1870 – 1940) – an ideology. The German engineer Rudolf Diesel (1858 – 1913) wrote an essay in 1903 entitled Solidarismus. The Flemish Joris van Severen (1894 – 1940) founded in 1931 in Belgium the Verdinaso (League of National Solidarists of Thiois). In the same decade, before joining the Spanish Phalanx, Ramiro Ledesma Ramos (1905 – 1936) led national syndicalism and influenced movements in Latin America such as Argentine Peronism and Mexican Sinarquism.
After the Algerian War in 1962, the young militants of French Algeria took up solidarity and worked with the NTS (the Russian solidarist resistance in exile). In 1975, a French solidarist activist, Francis Bergeron, who now heads the national-Catholic daily Présent, distributed anti-Soviet leaflets on Red Square in Moscow! At the same time, other French solidarists left for Lebanon to fight alongside the Christian phalangists against the progressive Muslims.
Solidarism is connected to the so-called “Third-way” movements. How did the Third way evolve in France?
The third way (” Neither Trusts nor Soviets ” and ” Neither Washington nor Moscow “) takes various forms. In France, it manifests itself with the Bonapartism of Emperor Napoleon III, the social Catholicism of the counter-revolutionary royalists, the distributism dear to the British writer G.K. Chesterton or the Gaullism of Charles De Gaulle. The latter advocated national independence, a Europe free from the Yalta blocs, and social justice (the association of capital and labor, profit sharing, and the participation of producers in the future of their business).
What other authors, philosophers and writers had the biggest impact on you and your work, and which authors would you recommend to our readers ?
I only mention the deceased : the Italian Julius Evola, the Germans Carl Schmitt and Arthur Moeller van der Bruck, the Swiss Denis de Rougemont, the American Francis Parker Yockey, the Belgian Jean Thiriart, the French Joseph de Maistre, René Guénon, Charles Maurras, Maurice Barrès, Robert Aron, Arnaud Dandieu, Julien Freund, Guillaume Faye, Robert Dun, Dominique Venner or Guy Debord. I forget of course…
I invite your readers to read them in text or in a translation available in English or German.
What is your opinion about the contemporary identitarian and nationalist movements ?
Huge question! Every movement is different, even within the same country. I take a fairly positive view of nationalist and identity movements, especially if they oppose the financial world and multiculturalism, extra-European immigration, and political corruption.
On the other hand, I regret that certain movements are still seeking to settle border disagreements and historical disputes. Nationalists must give up old and vain quarrels in order to defend the general European interest. I don’t like the FPÖ attacking the Slovenian minority in Carinthia. I don’t like Norwegian or Swedish nationalists being outraged by the presence of the Sami, those natives of northern Europe.
The disciple of Julius Evola, son of one of the co-founders of MSI, the Italian thinker Adriano Romualdi (1940 – 1973) rightly asserted that ” only nationalists can make Europe “. The ” Good Europeans ” must support the outposts of our European civilization: protect the Spanish enclaves in Morocco, liberate Cyprus from Turkish occupation and unite it with Greece, reclaim eastern Thrace and Constantinople from Turkey, support Armenia and Artsakh – Nagorno Karabakh. They must finally demand the departure of all US troops from Europe and the dissolution of NATO.
What can you tell us about current political situation in France?
France is slowly reaching its historic nadir. Its political, intellectual, artistic, cultural, economic, technical, and health class is appallingly null. The French are responsible for this historical tragedy. The nationalists have warned them for fifty years. They did not listen to them! In 1973, the French government banned the Ordre nouveau movement, creator of the Front national, which had held an electoral meeting against immigration, the main vector of the Third World into Europe.
How is all this affected by the current epidemic?
The current health crisis favors the expansion of surveillance capitalism. Covid-19 enables an incredible experience of Social Engineering and Psychological Warfare 3.0 to domesticate recalcitrant European peoples. Will this social training succeed or will we experience saving insurgencies? The future will tell.
How do you view the differences between the Visegrad or V4 group, which includes some Eastern and Middle European countries, and the Western more liberal countries?
The lucid pessimist that I am, I do not believe in the decisive influence of the V4 (or Visegrad Group). Under the same “ illiberal ” packaging, Hungary and Poland diverge from Russia. Warsaw and Budapest comply with the conditions on the ” rule of law ” of the European recovery plan. The V4, even with the contribution of Slovenia and even Croatia, will never stand up to the Franco-German axis. Moreover, Viktor Orban and Jaroslaw Kaczynski are ” false reactionary (or conservative) heroes “. We owe this notion to Thomas Molnar (1921 – 2010) in his essay The Counter-Revolution (1969). A polyglot Hungarian Catholic exiled in the United States, Thomas Molnar participated in the paleo-conservative current. This collaborator of the French, German, Austrian and Italian “ New Rights ” advised the young Orban between 1998 and 2002.
The Hungarian and Polish regimes are not revolutionary-conservative, but rather national-conservative. They are heading in the right direction, but they lack radicality.
What geopolitical consequences do you think the last year´s US elections will have ?
With Joe Biden, armed interventionist humanitarianism returns to the White House. The United States is resuming its desire to export its adulterated and alienated conception of bourgeois happiness everywhere, but the U.S. is very divided: the cultural war is raging on campuses and in the mass media. American blood will flow again and again in the name of Progress and human rights (Sorry ! Trans-post-meta-sexual non-gendered fluid human…). In fact, it is important to promote all the identity assertions that develop there. This ultra-modern model must explode under its internal contradictions.
What do you think awaits Europe and the West in the future ?
I want to distinguish the West from Europe. In 2021, the West is one of Atlanticism and cosmopolitanism. The West therefore no longer coincides with Europe, whose ancient civilization is shining with its last fires. Let’s stop being Westerners and come back to being Europeans of Borean origin. How we do achieve that? By building a continental central state which would grant European nationality only to Europeans. So I would be a French citizen of European nationality and the readers, Slovenian, Austrian or German citizens of European nationality. I do not think it is a problem if a Dane or an Italian is the mayor of Strasbourg or if a Hungarian becomes president of the European Republic of France.
Say goodbye to daydreaming! Europe is running with the dreadful European Union towards its final doom. Amor fati !
Do you have any last message for our activists and the Slovenian readers ?
I salute them. They belong to an old people and a young state. For centuries, they have known various foreign dominions, to which they more or less consented to. In the twentieth century, Slovenia suffered from the oppression of the first Serbian royal Yugoslavia, and then from a second Titoist Yugoslavia. The Slovenian people have nevertheless retained their identity, an essential basis for founding sovereignty. They are a fine example of historical perseverance.
Besides magnificent karst landscapes, Slovenia is the homeland of the famous musical group Leibach and the remarkable artistic movement NSK with a neo-futuristic, ironic and ” situationist ” spirit. Their appearance corresponded to the first signs of the end of the Cold War.
Slovenian friends, you are the South (Midi) of Danubian Mitteleuropa !