|Born||30 April 1919|
Concarneau, Brittany, France
|Occupation||journalist, writer, politician|
|Genre||detective fiction, politics|
Emmanuel Allot (born April 30, 1919) better known as François Brigneau, is a journalist, writer, editor and French nationalist politician from Concarneau, Brittany, France. He has also used the pseudonyms Julien Guernec and Mathilde Cruz. He became associated with the Hussards literary movement and most of his works are detective fiction or political. During 1954 he won the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for his La Beauté qui meurt. He was a founding member of the National Front, he was Vice President between 1972 and 1973.
Early life and war period
He was born into a Marxist sympathising family, who during the 1930s has lodged an Austrian Marxist and taken in refugee Jews from Germany. His school teacher was also a Marxist and thus he came to adhere to the "Frontism" of Gaston Bergery in 1937. He sold on the street, the Frontist newspaper La Flèche.
However, during the Second World War, he drew towards collaborating with the National Socialists. He became a strong admirer of Robert Brasillach, who he met during the time of the German occupation and later in the prison of Fresnes. Shortly after the Battle of Normandy, he joined the Milice. Following the Allied victory, he spent time in prison for a year due to collaboration. After his release, he married the niece of Georges Suarez.
Journalism and literary career
He then began a career in the press, under the pseudonym Julien Guernec. He became a friend of the novelist and journalist Antoine Blondin and became attached to the Hussard literary movement. He specialized for a time in humorous chronicles written in Parisian slang. He then began to use the pseudonym of François Brigneau to start a career in the popular press, due to his first pseudonym being known and too marked politically. He achieved the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for his La Beauté qui meurt in 1954.
He wrote for Paroles françaises, newspaper of the Republican Party of Liberty under André Mutter, La Dernière lanterne, Indépendance française, France dimanche, Le Rouge et le noir, Constellation, La Fronde, Rivarol, Ciné monde and L'Auto-Journal. He was then associate editor at Semaine du Monde, editor for Télé magazine, international reporter for Paris Presse, L'Intransigeant et à L'Aurore and finally at Minute. Its leading articles were often polemics directed against president Charles de Gaulle, contributing to making the reputation of the newspaper. Here he remained until the mid-1980s.
Involvement in nationalist politics
Brigneau became more actively involved in politics once again in 1965, when he joined the election campaign of nationalist political and lawyer Jean-Louis Tixier-Vignancour for the French presidential election, 1965. In 1970, he became a member of the political bureau of the Ordre Nouveau movement; a nationalist group which campaigned against the use of third-world immigration to commit demographic genocide against the French. It sometimes clashed violently with the Communist League, a Trotskyist group ran by the Jew, Pierre Frank. A new nationalist political party was founded in 1972 called the National Front, along with Jean-Marie Le Pen, Brigneau was one of the founding members and was the Vice President between 1972 and 1973.
He was part of the faction that split in 1974 to found the Party of New Force, mostly consisting of Ordre Nouveau veterans. During the late 1980s and 1990s he approached the FN again and worked with them in some capacity without being part of the administrative apparatus. He wrote for the party newspaper National-Hebdo and ran its television department, during this time he used the female pseudonum Marthilde Cruz. In 1982 he was also the founder of Présent, which was orientated to traditionalism and national Catholicism, but he left after falling out with lead figure Jean Madiran. Between 1998 and 1999 in the FN there was a dispute between supporters of Jean-Marie Le Pen and those of Bruno Mégret. Brigneau could not decide who to favour and so resolved to leave National-Hebdo for semi-retirement.
Fines for thought crimes
In some of his articles during the 1980s, Brigneau criticised what he saw as the undue influence exerted by Jewish supremacists in institutions which are supposed to serve the interests of the French people, such as the national television media. The shabbas goy thought police in France, which banned any freely expressed opinion on the Jewish Question which differs from complete and utter servility, dragged him through the 17th Criminal Court of Paris several times. The two most notable occasions were in May 25, 1979 when his private conversation was recorded without his knowledge and on May 16, 1989 when he was forced to pay 130,000 francs for statements made about Jewish media personalities Philippe Alexandre and Anne Sinclair. His "crime" was to hold the opinion that the former represented a centrist-captialist tendency on RTL, while the latter represented a Marxist tendency on TF1.