Pascal Lassalle is a co-founder of the French web radio Méridien Zéro, host of Radio Courtoisie and member of Gabriele Adinolfi’s Lansquenets group. He is a former G.R.E.C.E (Alain de Benoist), Synergies Européennes (Robert Steuckers), and Terre et Peuple (Pierre Vial) member.1
Lassalle used to be the leader of the Cercle Georges Sorel, which was a circle of people within the Mouvement d’action sociale (MAS) responsible for the political and cultural education of the movement, which ceased all activities in 2016.2
In 2008, activists disappointed with the ideological turn of the Jeunesses Identitaires movement (because of their abandonment of anti-capitalism, anti-Zionism and references to fascism) created Pro Patria, a group which dissolved again in 2009. In 2010, former members of Pro Patria, created the MAS, subsequently led by Arnaud de Robert. The MAS used to have connections with CasaPound and Golden Dawn in Greece, but it never really took off. The only organ left from that time is Meridien Zéro, the webradio created by the MAS, which still exists today, in which Lassalle is involved.
Lassalle contributed to the creation of a french edition of Radio Bandera Nera (RBN), a webradio run by CasaPound. The RBN team collaborated closely with the French in the production of a weekly programm called "Derrière ta Porte," which ran for a year. Of seminal importance to this collaboration was the meeting of Meridien Zéro members with the founder of the Zentropa community, who got them a slot on the RBN radio show, thanks to his close relationship with CasaPound.3
Lassalle oversaw the translation of Gabriele Adinolfi’s books Noi Terza Posizione and Tortuga, l’isola che (non) c’è. He also has a show on Radio Courtoisie, collaborated with the monthly Le Choc du Mois, the website Novopress and the metapolitical website Europe Maxima.
Lassalle has excellent connection to Ukrainian nationalists, and in 2015 launched the French branch of the pan-European project Reconquista. Lassalle announced the launch in the framework of a lecture that he had given that year in Kyiv entitled “For the Pan-European Third Way. French Solidarity with Ukraine at War.”4
On September 26 in Lausanne, Switzerland was held a pro-Ukrainian conference at which delievered a lecture French intellectual, new rightist (Mouvement d'Action Sociale and Meridien Zero) and historian Pascal Lassalle. The event, without any preliminary broad advertising, instantly gathered 50 Swiss and French listeners who were eager to learn about the political developments in Ukraine.
With the participation of another guest, Nicolas Dobriansky, a young Frenchman of Ukrainian descent, Pascal Lassalle discussed in detail the historical, (geo)political, cultural aspects of the Ukrainian question, not forgetting the identitarian one in connection with the Russian issue.
Speaking about Ukrainian nationalism, he particularly focused on the political struggle of the Azovian movement which under difficult conditions try to efficiently promote the idea of a strong nation that is able to become a real geopolitical subject (Baltic-Black Sea axis) and perhaps the core of a genuine European Reconquista.
We remind that on July 10 Pascal Lassalle has already conducted a lecture in Kyiv "For Pan-European Third Way. French Solidarity with the Fighting Ukraine" that had a big success among the Ukrainian audience.
Helen von Graven (Olena Semenyaka) advertised a pro-Ukrainian event organized 2015 by Pascal Lassalle on Facebook.
The historian Nicolas Lebourg had picked up on Lassalle's Ukrainian activities:
Some marginal groups have continued to support the Ukrainians, such as the GUD [Groupe Union Défense; *1968] in Lyon and New-Right member Pascal Lassale. In 2017, both were involved in creating the Reconquista, a “pan-European” movement (with an unashamedly pro-Nazi style) that opposes “Putin’s anti-national regime,” which it considers divides European peoples. Reconquista wants to construct the “Intermarium,” meaning a Europe with frontiers at the Adriatic, the Baltic, and the Black Seas.6 Christian Bouchet has denounced the project as Atlanticist and anti-nationalist, even stressing that some Italians in the Reconquista network had formerly been members of Gladio, implying that the idea of an Intermarium would become an instrument used by NATO to divide Eurasia.7 The Intermarium notion finds itself now again on the agenda of the Polish government, but combined with a commitment to the European Union, whereas the Ukrainian Azov movement considered it an anti-liberal replacement for the EU. Neither version has been able to retain attention in the debate in France.8
Pascal Lassalle appeared as speaker at the 1st Paneuropa Conference in Kyiv in 2017.
"Pascal Lassalle, a long-time member of the French New Right and an ardent defender of the Ukrainian cause in this traditionally Russia-oriented intellectual milieu (it’s enough to mention Alain de Benoist, Guillaume Faye and related authorship of Jean Parvulesco), is a cofounder of the Méridien Zéro web radio, host of Radio Courtoisie and is engaged in Gabriele Adinolfi’s project Guild of Landsknechts.
Thus he not only delivered a speech in front of the conference’s audience, but also recited an honorable address to the Ukrainian revolution by this legendary co-founder of Italian Terza Posizione who back in times of the Maidan revolution was far-sighted enough to see that “Eurasia is a Utopia, the Kremlin and the White House are the Heirs of Yalta.” Gabriele Adinolfi’s address will be published separately on the Reconquista resources.
Besides, Pascal Lassalle co-organized and participated in multiple events in France, Switzerland and Ukraine aimed at highlighting historical foundations of the Ukrainian right to the national self-determination and developments of Ukrainian nationalists’ struggle for the third geopolitical way between the Euroatlanticism and Eurasianism. One of such conferences was arranged by Bjorn Sigvald, Swiss representative of the Reconquista movement closely connected with the French segment of European third positionists as a natural born Francophone. Back in 2015, Pascal Lassalle delivered in Kyiv a lecture entitled “For the Pan-European Third Way. French Solidarity with Ukraine at War” and launched the French branch of Reconquista.
This time, Pascal Lassalle’s speech also incorporated the topic of the imperium as an archetype of the European great-powerness: “France, Ukraine, Imperium Principle and Third Way for our Great Europe.” At this point, the difference between Western European visions of a united Europe revolving around the European Empire, “beyond narrow nationalist or sovereignist views,” and the common Eastern European “Europe of Nations” project has already given a lot of food for thought.
Pascal Lassalle’s point of departure was the decline of the Romano-Germanic European area, especially its French-German Carolingian core. In the French case, well-known internal problems are aggravated by the typical pro-Kremlin orientation of the French collective mentality, which, in Pascal Lassalle’s words, is explained by the proximity between the French and Russian egalitarian and communist creeds in the turning historical points of two former centuries. Even French New Right and nationalists misled by “patrimonial autocratism” of Putin’s pet oligarchy in combination with natural for Eastern Europeans “traditionalism” are heavily affected by this unconscious inclination. Preconditions for the unawareness and disregard of the Ukrainian national myth in the French historiography Pascal Lassalle disclosed in more detail in his 2015 lecture in Kyiv.
As opposed to the West, Eastern Europe is on the rise. Pascal Lassalle admitted that the aggression of Putin’s Russia turned out to be both a tragedy and a chance for Ukraine. And the political force that has managed to seize this chance has become the AZOV movement which not so long ago established a party – National Corps. In his opinion, it embodies unique “soldierly nationalism” of the 21st century, but also neonationalism with strong leanings for the East Slavic unity (New Kyivan Rus’/Intermarium) and paneuropeanism. Moreover, National Corps does not endorse provincial “old nationalism” nourishing chauvinistic attitudes. As a result of the fruitful synergy between the AZOV movement and Polish nationalists (who after the Wolyn ethnic conflict in the 40-s of the 20th century consider Ukrainian nationalists their enemies), the counterpart of the Western European core national alliance, an alliance of two biggest Eastern European countries, Ukraine and Poland, is taking shape.
Just like National Corps develops “a state within a state” in order to subvert “the system of internal occupation,” the countries of the Visegrad Four, especially Poland and Hungary, break from within the political order of the EU challenging its cultural (above all, the refugee policy) and economic dictate. Thus the growing autonomization of the V4 and efforts of the Intermarium Development Assistance Group launched by National Corps offer the corridor of geopolitical opportunities for Western Europe. In this context, Pascal Lassalle metaphorically refers to Ukraine as possible “Piedmont” of Europe: the country which, starting with the regional and national levels, would be able to proceed to the continental integration dragging the rest of the countries into the new pan-European union.
Here Pascal Lassalle arrived at the main point of his speech: we need not simply “a continental bloc,” but the full-scale implementation of the imperium principle. He reminded that thinkers like Julius Evola and Dominique Venner easily defined the Empire as a core of the European historical and political tradition. European peoples witnessed both true (Roman Empire, Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation) and false (Napoleon’s empire, Third Reich, USSR) empires. True empires meet the criteria for a traditional rooted and uniting power that is able to protect the identities of diverse peoples on a basis of the well-elaborated federal model and the subsidiarity principle. To secure our continental future, today we strongly need this higher ideal the practical realization of which might stretch as far as to the Pacific Ocean (in a Euro-Siberian perspective).
Current European Union, undoubtedly, is the very opposite of the traditional empire: it’s artificial, maintained by the police control and devoid of the cultural foundation. In full accord with Gabriele Adinolfi, Pascal Lassalle underlines that Europe hasn’t really broken free from the post-war Yalta world’s partition into the Washington-dominated (along with its Brussels puppets) and Moscow-dominated areas. Notwithstanding the ongoing chauvinistic encroachments of the neo-Soviet Russian Federation, Ukrainians, in his opinion, should also beware the threat of American globalization.
Western Europeans suffered a lot from liberal neototalitarianism and can share their experience with Eastern Europeans who often naively believe that the West is the land of freedom contrary to the post-Soviet space. In turn, Eastern Europeans should demystify the Russian “Potemkin village” opening the eyes of Western Europeans to the oppressive anti-national reality of Putin’s Russian Federation that turns the infamous “anti-extremist” article of the Criminal Code #282 against Russians themselves.
Western Europeans’ knowledge of the real face of post-war “democracy,” combined with the experience of anti-Soviet resistance by Ukrainians, Poles, Balts, etc., will give birth to the long-anticipated Third Way beyond Euro-Atlanticism and neo-Eurasianism. In this context, Pascal Lassalle made a fair observation about the strong points of each European pole: Eastern European peoples have preserved described by Lev Gumilev “passionarity,” an ability to react properly to serious vital and historical challenges; however, Western Europeans have more elaborated intellectual tools to improve and promote the archeofuturistic “Weltanschauung.” United, they will defeat the two-headed Hydra from the East and West."9
- 4"1st Paneuropa Conference Report," Reconquista Europe, June 15, 2017. Archived version from June 13, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180613133924/http://reconquista-europe.tumblr.com/post/161847863121/1st-paneuropa-conference-report-the-1st-paneuropa.
- 5Facebook post by Helen von Graven, September 28, 2015, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1494994314159705&id=100009474523175.
- 6See Reconquista Europe (blog), archived version from April 12, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180412180924/http://reconquista-europe.tumblr.com/. See also Olena Semenyaka, “Compte-Rendu de la Première Réunion ‘Paneuropa’ (2e partie),” Europe Maxima, October 2, 2017, http://www.europemaxima.com/compte-rendu-de-la-premiere-reunion-paneuropa-2e-partie-par-olena-semenyaka/.
- 7Christian Bouchet, “Intermarium, L’Extr ême - Droite Contre le Continent,” Geopolitika.ru, September 19, 2017, https://www.geopolitica.ru/fr/article/intermarium-lextreme-droite-contre-le-continent.
- 8Nicolas Lebourg, "The French Far Right in Russia’s Orbit," Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, May 15, 2018, 33. https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/articles_papers_reports/the-french-far-right-in-russias-orbit/_res/id=Attachments/index=1/Lebourg-EN%20revised%203.pdf
- 9"1st Paneuropa Conference Report," Reconquista Europe (undated), http://reconquista-europe.tumblr.com/post/161847863121/1st-paneuropa-conference-report-the-1st-paneuropa. Archived version: https://demonofoldworld.tumblr.com/post/161878114630/reconquista-europe-1st-paneuropa-conference.