June 9, 2023 | Charlie Hebdo

Droite au Coeur, the far-right dating website for “patriotic singles” in France

The website Droite au Coeur (Right to the Heart) launched on 6 June as a meeting place for “patriotic singles” looking for partners that “look like them” and who want to have families that will “fight together and succeed in protecting our children from the excesses of wokism, which is invading our schools and our whole society a little more every day.” ISD Research Manager Cécile Simmons features in French publication Charlie Hebdo commenting on how the recently launched website is a new avenue for the far-right into “public space.”

“The far right has all kinds of meeting places which are no longer political but which relate to daily life such as cafés or concerts. This dating site reflects an adaptation to digital tools but also to the reality of what dating is today,” she said.

While a dating website pushing for “traditional” family values may seem harmless, some researchers believe that this is another step in the radicalisation process. Cécile spoke about the role of “tradwives” (women who believe in traditional gender roles and marriage) among these circles and the undertones around users joining these sites and thinking they should marry each other to conserve an identity.

“The activist Thaïs d’Escufon, for example, is very active in this field. By advocating a return to the 50s, her discourse may seem more innocent than that of the men who are going to bash immigration, but it remains the same thing: deep down, we are never very far from questions of anxiety about birth rates and the notion of preserving identity”, said Cécile.

Cécile also spoke to Euronews about the website’s recently launched app.