It’s hard not to draw comparisons between Marine Le Pen’s French National Front and Donald Trump’s supporters—both are strongly nationalist, against marriage equality, anti-immigration, anti-Islam, and much more. The National Front is not a small movement, either. In the December 13th elections, the party received almost 28% of the vote, an all time high. The recent growth in support of nationalism is worrisome, although certainly not surprising so soon after the Paris attacks.

Founded in 1973 by Jean-Marie Le Pen, the National Front originally modeled itself after a branch of fascism called the Italian Social Movement. The National Front believes in a severe cut in legal immigration, increased regulations on acquiring French citizenship, aggressive promotion of French culture and language, and distancing France from the European Union.

All of these beliefs are based on underlying xenophobia and a superiority complex, evidenced by Jean-Marie’s particularly loud mouth. He has been quoted saying that the Nazi occupation of France was “not particularly inhuman” and that “Jews have conspired to rule the world… and corrupt the purity of Europe’s blood.” And as if that weren’t enough, he has also said outright that “the races are unequal” (The New York Times).

The party’s current leader and Jean-Marie’s daughter, Marine Le Pen, is openly anti-Islam and anti-immigration, specifically with regards to taking in refugees. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph she warned, “the progressive Islamisation of our country and the increase in political-religious demands are calling into question the survival of our civilization.” She didn’t stop there, however—she went so far as to call Muslims praying in the streets an “occupation” comparable to Nazi occupation of France in World War II. Though these ridiculous statements might normally be brushed aside, the recent influx of political refugees from Syria has caused many people to agree with her.

The rise of nationalism is not just a foreign issue. Donald Trump makes the same kind of over-the-top, downright racist statements, and he is receiving overwhelming support. Of course, it’s easy to laugh it off and call Le Pen, Trump, and their supporters idiots, but nationalism is an issue that needs to be dealt with head-on. Le Pen and Trump’s attitude towards Muslims is comparable to the Nazis’ early attitudes towards Jews.

Le Pen and Trump like to point fingers, and that’s not necessarily wrong—it’s natural to want someone to blame for things like Paris and San Bernardino—but instead of “ISIS” or “terrorists,” who are far away and hard to deal with, they want someone they can punish immediately. They target Muslims and immigrants. Le Pen used the Charlie Hebdo massacre as a rallying point for her supporters earlier in 2015, and she has done the same with the recent Paris attacks. After the attacks, one woman was quoted saying that “Marine Le Pen predicted this, and it’s only her who can save us.” Clearly, the nationalist movement is gaining traction among French citizens.

These deep-seated prejudices make stamping out movements like the National Front nearly impossible. Le Pen and Trump hold these views tightly and will not budge. Any attempts to try to change their minds have proven completely ineffective. Of course, there will always be people like them, but hopefully with a little time and a lot of education, the majority will shift away from hateful political views.