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    Marine Le Pen's reporter smackdown: 'No one trusts the media'

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    Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00 UTC


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    A fascinating exchange in which French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen informs a reporter that no one trusts the media highlights how incredibly disconnected from reality the establishment press really is.

    The reporter tells Le Pen her advice that people "turn away from the traditional media, (and) go and find news on the Internet" is "dangerous".

    Le Pen looks bemused, asking, "why?"

    The reporter responds by stating, "On the Internet, you can find conspiracy theories, all types of things, it's not necessarily verified information."

    "Don't you think that the traditional media have conspiracy theories?" replied Le Pen, adding, "I've read a ton of things about Russia intervening in the presidential campaign and other things like that - I mean there is at least as much fake news in the traditional media as on the Internet!"

    The reporter then accuses her of 'inciting' people to "find information" on the Internet "about things that weren't verified".

    "It could never be worse than what you guys are saying or what you write in the traditional newspapers," responds Le Pen.

    The reporter then accuses the National Front leader of acting like Trump in trying to undermine the media as a campaign tool.

    "Madame, French people have no confidence in the media whatsoever, are you aware of that, or not?" asks Le Pen.

    The exchange once again highlights how the mainstream media is completely out of touch with reality.

    These people still think that they have absolute credibility when in reality trust in the establishment press is lower than at any time in recent history.

    The latest polls show that Le Pen has pulled ahead of establishment candidate Emmanuel Macron with 26.5% of the vote compared with 25% for Macron.

    The first round of the French presidential election takes place on April 23, with the second round to follow on May 7. Le Pen is almost certain to pass the first stage, although she is widely expected to be defeated in the second round.

    Then again, those making this forecast are the same people who got it spectacularly wrong on Brexit and Trump - and the same people who think the mainstream media is still trustworthy.

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    Le Pen slams Theresa May for snubbing her in favor of 'globalist' Macron

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    French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has slammed British Prime Minister Theresa May for "contradictions" over Brexit, in an interview with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

    Le Pen criticized the British prime minister for hosting her main rival, centrist Emmanuel Macron, at Downing Street in February, but failing to offer her the same privilege.

    When asked in the interview with Farage, due to be aired on LBC Radio on Wednesday night, whether she thought this was overt support for Macron and a snub towards her, Le Pen said: "It seems to be the case."

    Highly controversial Le Pen, who has been forced to deny her National Front party is racist, told anti-EU Farage the decision to host Macron was inconsistent with May's own stance on delivering Brexit and reducing immigration to Britain.

    Macron, who is strongly pro-EU, represents "the opposite of what Brexit stands for," according to Le Pen.

    "I find it difficult to understand the consistency of the ideas and convictions in this approach of hers because Mr Macron is of course the key salesperson of globalization.

    "He's for everything, deregulation of everything, opening up the borders, mass immigration.

    "He went to Algeria, he explained it was necessary to build a bridge as it were between Europe and Algeria for even more immigration, which is the opposite of what Brexit stands for in the choice made by the British people.

    "So I do not understand this inconsistency, this contradiction between what Theresa May stands for - because she has decided to be the woman who will implement Brexit - and her meeting with Emmanuel Macron."

    Asked whether she had requested a meeting with May herself, Le Pen said she had not, but would have to meet May if she was elected.

    The British government has a long-standing policy not to engage with Le Pen's National Front, which has been considered toxic for decades by many mainstream European parties, Reuters reports.

    The first round of the French election takes place on April 23, after which the two candidates with the most votes, expected to be Le Pen and Macron, enter a run-off on May 7.

    Macron is expected to win by a wide margin.

    Farage suggested to Le Pen that May's attitude towards her would change if she won the French election, drawing a parallel to Britain's dealings with US President Donald Trump.

    "She is good at getting it wrong but this is rather reassuring," Le Pen responded.
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    Here is Henrik from Red Ice doing live coverage of the dutch election

    https://youtu.be/0WoDps89xEs

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    First French Presidential Debate: Migrants, Islam, Independence

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    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:36 UTC


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    During France's first presidential debate on Monday, the leading five French presidential hopefuls traded punches on the most burning issues, ranging from immigration and Islamization, to the country's alliances and its very sovereignty.

    The timing of the debate, a month before French voters head to polls for the first round of the elections, provided candidates with a perfect opportunity to swing public sentiment in their favor. It was aired live by French channels TF1 and LCI.

    While a total of 11 candidates will take part in the first round of the presidential elections on April 26, the five front-runners include Francois Fillon from the 'Les Republicans' party, Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front, independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, Benoit Hamon of the ruling Socialist Party, and the left-wing leader of the 'Unsubmissive France' movement, Jean-Luc Melenchon.

    EU & sovereignty

    Known as a passionate advocate of France who wants to follow Britain out of the EU, Le Pen vowed that she will not become"the vice chancellor of Madame Merkel" or "the salesperson for a multinational group."

    "I want to be the president of the French Republic, truly. I am not going to become involved in a vague region in Europe," she stressed, pointing out that France's independence is a core value for many French people, who want to "defend their values and traditions" and remain competitive "without being lectured" to by a "supranational structure."

    However, Fillon claimed that holding a Frexit referendum, as the National Front leader wants, would "drag the country into social and economic chaos." Le Pen fired back at the conservative, reminding him that there had been a campaign in Europe voicing similar attitudes against Brexit, which she branded "Project Fear."

    Macron, whose is pro-EU, rejected the idea of Frexit, arguing that Brexit turned out to be a much more tumultuous process than its backers had expected.

    "All those who said Brexit will be wonderful... ran away and hid," Macron said.

    Immigration
    The debate on the migration crisis and the consequent challenges of integrating newcomers, which was one of the central topics discussed during the three-hour-long event, saw the candidates resorting to personal attacks at times.

    Le Pen, known for her tough stance on migration, spoke in favor of closing the nation's borders, pointing out that France must handle the issue itself, as "we can't count on Greece to deal with the flow of migrants."

    "Stop immigration, and I will not make any excuses for that," she said, stressing that France's security situation is "explosive" and measures need to be taken "to discourage immigration."

    Former Economy Minister Macron, Le Pen's centrist rival, argued that the unending flow of migrants can only be stemmed through more cooperation within the EU.

    "We don't do enough to coordinate the protection of European borders," Macron said, calling for a buildup of security forces and the creation of an "effective expulsion policy" in France.

    Conservative candidate Fillon, whose campaign has been mired in a corruption scandal involving an allegedly fictitious political job he gave to his wife, championed quotas on newcomers that "do not affect asylum seekers, but other immigration."

    Islamization
    Another hotly contested topic was the contention that French secularism is under attack and that Islam is having a negative effect on the life of French citizens.

    One heated exchange was sparked when Le Pen referred to the frequent sightings of burkinis on French beaches, citing them as evidence of the "rise of radical Islam in our country."

    The burkini, a head-to-toe swimming suit, grabbed a lot of media attention in France last summer, when some French city councils sparked uproar by banning them.

    When Le Pen accused Macron of being a burkini supporter, he snapped back, claiming that she is "failing [voters] by twisting the truth," and "trying to divide the French."

    Relations with Russia & US
    The candidates also proposed differing geopolitical strategies, particularly regarding relations with Russia and the US.

    Macron, a centrist, cautioned against building closer ties with Russia, while pointing out France's long-standing relationship with the US. Claiming that France and the US "have built the world peace together," he advocated for "more independence" in the foreign policy realm, without getting closer to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Meanwhile, Hamon seemed prejudiced against both Russia and the US, which is now led by President Donald Trump.

    "We are facing the instability that emerged with the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States. We also cannot ignore the claims of Russia," Hamon said.

    While Le Pen stressed the importance of defense, promising to increase defense spending to three percent of French GDP by 2022, she also called for more independence from partners and alliances, saying that the French should "not let [others] decide for us."

    "I don't want to force our soldiers to make war that we don't need," she said, referring to overseas conflicts.

    Speaking about the right to self-determination exercised by the people of Crimea when they opted to rejoin Russia in a referendum held more than two years ago, Francois Fillon acknowledged that "we [Europe] have changed borders ourselves,"referring to NATO's intervention in the war in Yugoslavia in 1999, which resulted in the country breaking up and the separation of Kosovo from Serbia.

    "There is a fundamental principle of the right of people to decide for themselves. There are borders that have been established in a way, unacceptable for people," he said.

    Macron came out as the most persuasive in the first debate, according to a BFMTV poll. Out of 1,157 people polled, 29 percent preferred Macron, 20 percent picked Melenchon, while both Le Pen and Fillon were favored by 19 percent.

    Before last night's event, he had been running neck-in-neck with Le Pen, with both polling at 26 percent in the latest Figaro poll.


    SOTT Comment: There are those infamous "polls" again. After November 2016, you'd think the MSM would've learned their lesson by now. Nope. Real polling data suggests Le Pen might be more popular than acknowledged:
    An editor at French daily, Le Figaro, has alluded to secret polling data which show the Front National's Marine Le Pen polling close to 34% among those with intentions to vote in the first round of the French presidential election.

    Authored by Damien Cowley,

    Surveys in the public domain consistently have populist Le Pen ahead of her rivals in the first round, at 26-28% of intentions to vote but losing to whichever rival she faces in the second.


    A score of above 30% in the first round, however, would significantly boost her chances of continuing to victory on May 7th.



    In his recent article on the failing efforts of the media and political classes to thwart LePen's continued rise, editorialist Ivan Rioufol cites 'sous le manteau', or hidden surveys in circulation which show Le Pen likely to score double her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen's 2002 score of 16.86%.

    The politically correct 'Maginot line' of France's elites can no longer hold out against the popular anger of the French public, Rioufol writes, arguing that the threats by leftist intellectuals and celebrities to quit the country in the event of a Le Pen victory are actually boosting her campaign. Likewise for scare-mongering media warnings on a 'return to the 1930s'.

    The French media and political establishment are now openly contemplating a Le Pen victory, with frequent reference to the Front National 'at the gates of power', an eventuality until recently considered impossible.

    Outgoing president, François Hollande, who describes it as his 'final duty' to keep Le Pen from winning, and who is actively campaigning with government ministers in Front National strongholds to keep LePen from power, has recently admitted that she may win. Privately, Hollande is said to fear that Le Pen's support is under-estimated in the opinion polls and that the momentum of a high score in the first round could make it difficult for any rival candidate to beat her in the second.
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    Putin & Marine Le Pen devise 'evil plan' [Video]

    March 24th, 2017 - Fort Russ News -
    Translated by Inessa Sinchougova


    And that plan is to get along. God forbid! - NATO

    Marine Le Pen, leader of the French party National Front, has attended an official meeting with Russian President, Vladimir Putin on 24 March 2017. Putin made sure to inform, that given France is soon to undergo a Presidential election, Moscow was not in any way attempting to influence the French voter by meeting with Le Pen; a very Putin-esque type of trolling of Western mainstream media.
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    This Map Explains The Roots Of France's Growing Nationalism

    by Tyler Durden
    Mar 28, 2017 3:30 AM

    Via MauldinEconomics.com,

    What does it mean to be French?

    Inherent in this question is a fundamental tension within French nationalism that is unique to France.

    Originally, France consisted of diverse regions with their own languages, resources, and way of life. Take a look at the map below.


    This diversity grew into a united country. From this, we can understand how one aspect of French nationalism is that it views itself as a universal program.

    This nationalism holds that French ideas about “liberté, égalité, and fraternité” are as equally important as speaking French and living on French soil.

    In this sense, anyone who adopts these principles can be French. And anyone who becomes a French citizen is heir to these principles.

    Nationalism and Immigration
    French nationalism was based on the idea that the nation was of paramount importance. It was defined by class and a set of ideas about how society ought to be structured.

    All of the various factions in the French Revolution believed they were unifying the nation. But each faction had to exclude certain groups from the nation in order to define the whole.

    This has morphed far beyond the original exclusion of the aristocracy. It has been used to exclude immigrants to France. The question of immigrant and Muslim assimilation as full members of the French state is at the forefront of debate leading up to presidential elections in April.

    France is currently at the beginning of an inward turn that indicates a moment of crisis. The next French President will enter office with a country whose strategic position is weak, its economy stagnant, and its society divided.

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    Le Pen smacks down the BBC: "You want war at all costs! What is your problem?"

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    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:59 UTC



    Just weeks ahead of the French presidential elections, Front National candidate Marine Le Pen sat down with the BBC's Emily Maitlis to discuss Brexit, Putin and NATO.

    Le Pen did not hold back, dishing out realpolitik answers to the BBC's neo-liberal propaganda...

    Key Le Pen moments:

    On US policy toward Russia...
    "The previous American administration put the Berlin Wall on wheels and pushed it back to Russia's borders."
    On whether France would defend the Baltic states or the Ukraine against a fantasy invasion from Russia...
    "You want war at all costs! What is your problem? You want to go to war! Do you like war? You want conflicts - you want us to start World War Three!"

    "At the moment no one wants to go to war with anyone."

    "I'm happy to go into all the hypotheses, but no one is going to war with anyone - no one wants to go to war with anyone else."

    "There was a territorial conflict with Ukraine - these things happen."

    "Now it has to be resolved diplomatically, and I think France's voice has weight as long as France is France, not a region of the EU."

    "Honestly, if you're trying to say that Russia is a military danger to European countries, I think you're mistaken in your analysis."
    On her support for the nation state policies of Putin and Trump...
    "There's Russia, which doesn't deserve to be treated with prejudice. It hasn't led any campaigns against European countries, or the US."

    "What I notice is that Putin's government must be pretty popular with Russians, given that it is constantly being reelected."
    The role of being the "anti-Merkel" and the German Chancellor's destructive monetary and migrant policies...
    "She's increasingly isolated, because the policies I represent are the policies represented by Mr Trump and Mr Putin, and the British people made it clear they want to go in that direction."
    Finally, on the end of the EU, Le Pen noted...
    "The EU is almost already over - rather than waiting for it's chaotic collapse, I suggest we organise its transformation to a Europe of nations while respecting the wishes of the European people."

    "The EU is shining with the light of a dead star."
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    For years now, the general attitude to the Front National in France has been that it asks the right questions, but comes up with the wrong answers. This time around, I don’t think they are addressing the key election issue at all. I don’t believe the key election issue is the EU or anything the Front National is showcasing. It is the moral issue of no more sleaze. The right wing candidate François Fillon has turned this unlosable election into an unwinnable one by having his antisleaze platform pulled out from under his feet by his own corruption. See this post. Now his wife has been formally charged as the beneficiary of the embezzlement or fraud that her husband is accused of committing. This saga has totally poisoned the campaign and overrides discussion of the political issues. Half of voters don’t know who they’ll be voting for: this is unprecedented.

    This has nothing to do with the Front National, except negatively, in the sense that what the Fillons have allegedly been doing at a family level, Le Pen’s gang have (among other things) been doing at party level, using the EU to service a 100,000 euro/month overdraft.

    By far the main issue of this election is, simply owing to the endless hours of airtime and column inches of media coverage, politician’s morality, not just financial, but also in terms of keeping promises – especially since the outgoing PM, Manuel Valls, reneged this week on a written undertaking to support the winner of the Socialist Party primary, even if it wasn’t himself. The question that this election is definitely going to answer one way or other is, Does the country have a moral backbone of any kind? If Marine Le Pen were to be elected, then the answer to that question would be No.

    There is an opinion poll which on the sole criterion of honesty, shows a very different picture from the one painted by voting intentions. The opposition leftists Mélenchon and Hamon have 61% and 57% ratings for honesty, the centrist Macron 48%, Le Pen only 23% and Fillon a pitiful 9%. We have the paradoxical situation where despite massive rejection of the outgoing administration, voters are favouring more of the same (Macron), presumably because his combination of sufficient perceived honesty and relative conservatism outweighs the alternative combination of greater conservatism with insufficient honesty. Fillon’s right-wing party was a shoo-in for this election; the moral issue has well and truly scuppered that, and for the same reason Marine Le Pen will fail to extend her voting base sufficiently beyond the stalwarts unfazed by her and her party’s sleazy side.

    I personally am quite happy that this issue should be dealt with ahead of any other, because it goes without saying that any political agenda is going to depend on a person’s uprightness. Someone like Fillon who doesn’t appear even to understand the concept of conflict of interest may on the face of it have a more attractive programme, but it is inevitably one that will suffer from conflicts of interest. Conversely, others may have plans that seem unworkably idealistic, but only because they are easy prey to the same lobbies – until, that is, the whole political climate changes.


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    Le Pen: Investors know the Euro system is dying, will invest in France under national currency

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    Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:53 UTC


    Marine Le Pen © Stephane Mahe / Reuters

    French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen who's known for her anti-euro stance said on Tuesday investors won't pull their money from France if it gives up the EU single currency.

    "There's so much liquidity in the world that they are not going to pull their chips out of France, above all when France will once again be back on the road to economic growth," she told French Sud Radio and TV channel Public Senat.

    According to Le Pen, investors "are worried because they know they will no longer be able to make the profits they made previously."

    "The world has changed, and that's what's worrying them. The world is moving away from free trade and laissez-faire policy," she added.

    The 48-year-old candidate said she will negotiate to restore French national sovereignty and will call a referendum where French voters would decide on the EU and euro membership.

    Le Pen who has promised to take France out of what she called "the prison" of European Union politics earlier warned of a so-called 'Frexit' if the EU doesn't transfer powers back to Paris.

    During Sunday's political rally in Bordeaux she said the euro currency was like a knife in the ribs of the French people. The politician has pledged to restore the national franc currency if elected.

    "We are at the mercy of a currency adapted to Germany and not to our economy. The euro is mostly a knife stuck in our ribs to make us go where others want us to go," Le Pen said.

    The leader of the National Front has promised to curb migration, expel all illegal migrants and restrict certain rights now available to all residents (including free education) to French citizens.

    Opinion polls suggest Le Pen will make it through the April 23 first round vote but will lose the May 7 run-off.
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    The Truth About the French Election



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    Election interference! German president warns French against Le Pen, fears Frexit

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    © Emmanuel Foudrot / Reuters

    The German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has urged the French electorate to be responsible and not to vote for the "populist and nationalist" candidate in the upcoming presidential election out of fears that Marine Le Pen will stage Frexit, shattering one of the pillars of EU stability.

    "Don't listen to the siren songs of those who promise you a great French future after getting rid of all that is part of France today — guaranteeing European stability and being a pillar of the European Union," Steinmeier told French newspaper Ouest-France and Germany's Funke Mediengruppe in response to a question about the possibility of Le Pen securing the election.

    Without mentioning Le Pen by name, the German president hinted that her ideas will lead to a potential Frexit, as the National Front leader remains extremely critical of the European Union. In the past, she promised to renegotiate France's membership of the bloc and potentially pull out of the Union.

    Steinmeier insisted that EU membership is of great benefit to France.

    "The EU can be complicated sometimes but it is an advantage for all of us, including France," he said. "We must understand that it is only together... that we can make Europe a true global actor" that could exert influence in world affairs.

    "By opposing it, like the populist nationalist parties in France, we will not be actors, but we will become a toy in the hands of the other powers. The stake of the elections in France is, therefore, considerable," the German leader warned.

    Less than 10 days before the first round of the French presidential elections, Le Pen and her National Front (FN) party are leading in the majority of the polls.

    According to an IFOP poll, the far right candidate is set to secure 23 percent in the first round, an entire percentage point higher than her closest rival Emmanuel Macron from En Marche! (Forward!).

    An Ipsos-Sopra Sterna poll shows that independent centrist Macron and Le Pen would share 22 percent each, while far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon would attract 20 percent of the vote. An Opinionway poll says that Le Pen would garner 23 percent and Macron 22.

    France has 45.7 million voters, but according to the polls, about a third of them might abstain from voting on April 23. The tight presidential race will see the top two candidates advance to the May 7 run-off.


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    Facebook shuts down pro Le Pen posts as French election nears

    by Jon Rappoport Apr 16, 2017

    Well, sure. Wouldn’t you? The woman is running for the presidency of France. She wants to reverse the tide of immigration in her country, so she must be a racist, and whatever she says or whatever anyone else says in support of her is, automatically, fake news, mindless, evil, and the population must be protected from that infection. This is how free speech works. It’s free unless it could do harm, unless certain minds might be taken in by it, and apparently Facebook is stepping up to the plate. Mark Zuckerberg is long overdue for a Nobel Peace Prize.

    Zero Hedge:
    “The first round of French elections will be held on April 23rd, prompting Facebook to shut down pro Le Pen accounts, which they deem to be ‘fake’.”
    “In addition to outright bans, the company [Facebook], in conjunction with French media, are running ‘fact checking’ programs — designed to fight ‘fake news’, heightening their efforts around the elections — which spans from 4/23-5/7.”
    France must be purified. Only then can media function.

    Immigration, you have to understand, isn’t an issue. There is nothing to debate. Immigration is a fact, wholly beautiful, and anyone who wants to limit it is speaking against love, flowers, and the proposition that the sun rises every morning.

    Facebook is providing a public service. Just as Mussolini made the trains run on time in Italy, FB is making the news run on time—the real news.

    Fake news should be shut down. Free speech only concerns what isn’t fake. Yes, I’m beginning to see the light.

    After fake news is purged, then we can have free speech.

    Aha. Yes.

    Somehow, I must have missed this when I studied the 1st Amendment. James Madison, who wrote it, made this note: “Except for fake news.”

    The guiding principle should be: if you’re not sure whether an item or issue or report is fake, don’t talk about it, don’t write about it, don’t express an opinion about it, until the authorities have cleared things up, until they’ve decided whether it’s fake or real.

    Mark Zuckerberg is providing us with an easy way to check. If he and his people censor a post, it’s fake. Ignore it. Remain silent.

    And if you’re French, don’t vote for Le Pen, unless you want a faker as your president.

    Things are basically simple. They really are. If you know how to follow the signs and the warnings and the people in charge.

    For example, right now I can sense an errant thought creeping into my mind: a corporation based in the US is colluding with the French government to influence an election in France. But I reject that thought. I denounce it. I urge everyone to denounce it. Pretend I never uttered the thought.

    Please. I beg of you.

    It’s fake.

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    to you Jon!
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    Election interference: Obama tries to swing French election by endorsing Macron

    Ricky Twisdale The Duran
    Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00 UTC


    © Bill Pugliano/Getty

    Putin keeps getting charged with getting Trump elected - meanwhile Obama's busy interfering in elections in France

    He's baaaack...

    With his huge ego (much larger than Trump's, I am sure) unable to stand remaining out of the spotlight, Barack Obama has publicly thrown his support behind left-wing establishment candidate Emmanuel Macron in France's tight presidential race.

    The first round of France's presidential election is due to be held on Sunday. Should no one receive over 50% (almost certain to happen), the top two vote-getters will proceed to the second round on May 7th.

    Polls - if they are to be believed - currently show Macron, a former investment banker at a Rothschild-owned bank, neck in neck with right-wing nationalist Marine Le Pen. Conservative establishment candidate François Fillon and socialist Jean-luc Mélenchon are trailing slightly.

    Enter failed 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. Apparently thinking he could help swing the polls in favor of Rothschild-puppet Macron, he gave Mr. Macron a personal phone call of support:

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    Let’s keep defending our progressive values. Thank you for this discussion @BarackObama.

    11:43 AM - 20 Apr 2017
    Yeah....because Obama's endorsement worked out great for Hillary...

    If Obama were truly a real progressive, he would have endorsed Mélenchon, the real left-wing candidate, not the big-money financed fake leftist.

    But since Obama is what he always was - a big-money financed fake leftist himself - his words of encouragement for his fellow establishment puppet are not unexpected.

    Obama's interference in the French presidential election - just like his earlier interference in the UK's Brexit vote - comes at a time when the rotting carcass of a dead horse called "Russian election interference" is being beaten anew by all the established fake news outlets (here and here).

    Needless to say, the Twittersphere was quick to point out the hypocrisy:

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    Paul Joseph Watson Retweeted Emmanuel Macron
    The MSM whined about Putin interfering to help Le Pen. Obama does the same to help Macron and nobody bats an eyelid.

    Paul Joseph Watson added,
    1:00

    Emmanuel MacronVerified account @EmmanuelMacron
    Let’s keep defending our progressive values. Thank you for this discussion @BarackObama.

    1:37 PM - 20 Apr 2017
    Wikileaks pointed out the irony of Obama calling to support the man he previously ordered hacked:

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    Obama just 'endorsed' Macron. Previously ordered CIA hack French presidential candidates & steal their strategies: https://wikileaks.org/cia-france-elections-2012/ …

    12:05 PM - 20 Apr 2017
    Of course, no hubbub at all concerning Barack Obama's election hacking in the MSM. It's all about Russia and their alleged hacking - which despite the claims, nobody in the fake news media or US government has yet conclusively proved.
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    Champs-Elysees attack: Timed to swing the French elections?

    Ramin Mazaheri The Saker
    Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:57 UTC



    On the night of April 21st I was in my office in Paris, just 100 meters from the Champs-Elysees, when I got a phone call from a fellow journalist telling me about the deadly attack on policemen there.

    I was in the middle of working on my latest report on France's presidential election for Iran's Press TV.

    When I got the call, I had just written this sentence - I was still mulling it over (lotta numbers for TV copy):
    "The last week has seen two major surprises which may push undecided voters to the right: the alleged discovery of a 2-man terror plot to attack 1 of the 3 main right-wing candidates, and the surprisingly-timed start of a court case involving 20 people accused of being part of a terror cell in 2012."
    Well...as you can guess, I had to add a third major surprise: the alleged terrorist attack on Champs-Elysees Avenue.

    France's 1st round vote in the presidential election is just two days away - on April 23rd - so let's be very, very clear: The industrial-military-finance-media complex cannot live with a victory by Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon.

    If the establishment wouldn't do "anything" to prevent Melenchon from taking office, they would certainly do "most anything".

    But let's be level-headed: We know that governments commit assassinations. We know that they often send their soldiers off to certain death to advance unjust goals. The murder of this policeman is going to remind many of Jo Cox's murder in the run-up to the Brexit vote.

    What is absolutely undeniable is that the Champs-Elysees attack will have some sort of political effect

    Tension here is high - the race is currently a 4-way dead heat. It's too close to call because four candidates are within the margin-of-error.

    But even the polls are somewhat useless, because there is an enormous undecided voter rate of over 30%.

    I have used some form of "the only certainty is uncertainty" at least a half-dozen times in my reports over the last week, because it truly does bear repeating.

    But one thing is certain: all three of this week's "surprises" - which pushed terrorism, xenophobia, insecurity, fear and hate to the top of the headlines in this final week of unparalleled importance and indecision - have benefitted everyone except for Melenchon.

    The industrial-military-finance-media complex wants Emmanuel Macron or Francois Filllon to win. Both are a continuation of Sarkozy and Hollande: austerity, globalization, racism, foreign intervention, Eurozone cannibalization of weaker members.



    Jean-Luc Mélenchon © Reuters

    They industrial-military-finance-media complex can even live with a Marine Le Pen victory, even though she is also promising many of the same anti-system/anti-Brussels measures as Melenchon - on Frexit, NATO, the Euro, etc. She goes even further by promising to suspend the Schengen visa-free requirement if elected, and that would make the refugee crisis look like small potatoes, because it would do untold damage to the pocketbooks of the leading capitalists.

    Heck, 60% of active cops are going to vote National Front, so they might work in her favor just to get their way, high-finance be damned. God bless the sainted "boys in blue", eh?

    But the establishment absolutely cannot cope with the rise of a leftist candidate in any country, no matter how backwards. Not Burkina Faso, not Nicaragua, not Laos and not any other country most people can't find on a map.

    So for sure it can't happen here: France, the world's 5th-largest economy.

    The French say "once does not make a custom", but 3 times in 1 week?
    Of course I have no proof to offer, but the timing of the Marseilles 2-man terror cell "discovery" and the Champs-Elysees "terrorist attack" are going to make them ripe for accusations of being a false-flag operations.

    Or maybe it's all a coincidence? I'm a reporter - I need facts. I need to examine all the angles. Coincidences do happen, in fact.

    Maybe France truly is being targeted by terrorists during the election campaign, as authorities have repeatedly claimed? They certainly prepared us for that possibility with announcements to that effect.

    Maybe the court docket was so full that the unprecedented 20-person terror cell trial simply HAD to start 3 days before the vote? Another coincidence? They don't decide these court dates by lottery, I know that.

    Maybe...but what's sure is that the industrial-military-finance-media complex is toasting these 3 events, because it aids their 3 favorite candidates.

    Because what they don't want is serious discussion of the problems which touch all French people.

    Quickly: record unemployment, austerity, economic stagnation, state of emergency, 2,000+ arrests of democratic protesters last year, cops anally raping with batons, angry riots.

    I could go on, but it's after midnight - need to finish my Press TV report, then do a 2 am interview. Welcome to journalism!

    Everyone else has already had their workday. All those voters lying in their bed, wondering who they will vote for, and possibly wondering if another killer escaped from the Champs-Elysees. That rumor was floating around just an hour ago, but at some point you have to switch off the TV.

    I am not calling the roughly 16 million undecided voters "weak-minded" for being prey to such faithless, late-night monsters during this last week of campaigning - I simply imagine them to be politically uninterested. Because how can you still be undecided 2 days before the election when you have 4 candidates who have rather radically different candidates? Simple - you are not paying very much attention.

    Hey, I'm not looking down on them - I wouldn't listen to most of these guys unless I got paid, and thankfully I do. I'm interested in politics, but many aren't. Many don't have time.

    But it's these people - the huge 30%-plus - who might let themselves be affected by these 3 events.

    This is also going to be a huge factor: The abstention rate should surpass the record 28% in 2002. That's why Jean-Marie Le Pen got into the 2nd round back then - his right-wing voters got out to vote while the uninterested stayed at home.

    These 3 events galvanize not just the undecided, but the both lazy-and-far-right voter.

    The complex, the cops, the establishment - all going very well for them
    Except for Francois Hollande - what a patsy. He's actually speaking live right now. Unless he's apologizing, I have no interest in listening and not even for pay.

    Nobody does, which is why he can't even run. His Socialist Party's candidate is down to just 8% - might not even make 5% and get the Party's campaign expenditures reimbursed, which must be the only reason the candidate hasn't dropped out: He is just going to split the leftist vote and ruin Melenchon's chances, most likely.

    Hollande didn't even back his own party's candidate - he indirectly supported Macron, who Hollande plucked from obscurity to become a minister and who is now absolutely, 100% running on a Hollande-Part Deux platform.


    © DAMIEN MEYER / AFP

    And Macron's leading...and the French are buying all of this...just like many will not even see the possibility of a false flag situation, or two, this week.

    The helicopters have mostly stopped now - must be terrible to be in Palestine and hear that regularly. Or the ghettos of Los Angeles.

    ISIL just claimed responsibility for the Champs-Elysees attacks, I just read.

    Makes me wonder if the "false flag" idea would have gained more traction if it was Al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate) instead? After all, in 2012 France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said of Al-Nusra: "they are doing good things on the ground."

    And for this Fabius is being sued by Syrians - it is rather obvious why: "defending terrorism speech," is illegal in France. But that's what Fabius clearly did.

    Check back with me in 2032 when that case is finished. Of course, if you are a young Muslim in France and you are accused of "defending terrorism speech" then you're rushed through the system: accusation, trial, prison within days. They convicted the mentally ill, they convicted the drunk, but they convicted the Muslim above all.

    I'm getting off-track here and talking about things which increase citizen alienation and dissatisfaction. The story line is terrorism, always terrorism, right?

    Yeah, if it was Al-Nusra, then maybe the "false flag" idea would gain some mainstream traction. Too bad it was ISIL - the two groups are enemies, for those who don't know. Bad luck, no story there....

    The only candidate who will end the state of emergency is, you guessed it, Jean-Luc Melenchon. If the French truly loved "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" they'd vote in Melenchon just for that....

    3 "surprises", but only 3 facts to remember
    The most important fact - and I even thought about leading this article with this fact - is that seemingly every terrorist in France since 2012 has cited France's foreign interventions as their motivation for terrorism. It is not Islam, it is not jihad - it is foreign intervention, and their obviously capitalist motivations.

    Secondly, France's establishment wants - above all - to avoid discussions about capitalism and its ineffectiveness.

    Thirdly, these attacks are simply not important.

    No matter who did them, or why, they simply are not important right now. Whether they are government assassinations or ISIL-led terrorist attacks, you French citizens owe it to each other to make an intelligent vote, not an emotional one.

    For the undecided voters: You haven't made a stand for your political morals yet, but that's a good place to start.


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    Good lord... the MSM hates le pen eh?

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    Good lord... the MSM hates le pen eh?
    I don't know about the new generation but the old Le Pen was involved in Algeria (Le Pen et la Torture en Algérie)

    Le Pen could face charge of racism:

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    Good lord... the MSM hates le pen eh?
    I don't know about the new generation but the old Le Pen was involved in Algeria (Le Pen et la Torture en Algérie)

    Le Pen could face charge of racism:
    Thank you Atlas; when I saw your post, I had already written the following in response to TargeT’s comment: the French people have had plenty of opportunities to decide for themselves. The National Front is a nasty reactionary organization that has repackaged itself under Marine Le Pen, who has been publicly in dispute with her father, but is actually selling the same old same old. In the heyday of Jean-Marie, the ex-paratrooper who carried out torture in Algeria, the cornerstone of their platform was the fear of blacks. People in rural areas who had never seen a black in their lives were voting for his anti-immigration policy. Nowadays of course, if they still don’t see any blacks in the street, they will find half of their favourite soccer team is coloured: no big deal. It is the turn of the Arabs to play the bogeymen.

    You cannot have it both ways: either the Arab threat is for real, and Marine Le Pen’s Front National is the answer. But then, why would it be any more real than blacks? Or it is a fake phenomenon constructed by the people also running the mainstream media, and their attacks are of the false flag variety carried out by plants or mind-controlled subjects, as many conspiracy theorists claim. In that case, Marine Le Pen’s Front National is simply playing the other side in this racial conflict scenario – because the commonality over the decades has been stirring racial hatred. So, the MSM hate the Front National? No, they are pretending to; this may be a different ploy, of the backing-both-sides variety. Taking sides with Macron does not prevent them from being happy with Le Pen. The question then becomes: Is this because they are leading the people by the nose? Or is it because they are trying to be in charge of something that has got out of their control?

    Edit to add: In the video linked by Atlas, which is in French only, Le Pen admits the charge of torture, saying he was only doing his duty. This is not a mere accusation, it is established fact.
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    Last time I checked, the MSM have le Pen ahead in the polls. That's not a good sign for her, surely.

    Selling national representation to the masses took a dive when Trump let the military loose. I predict le Pen gets hammered. No promises to eat my hat though, just a prediction.
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    Don't be fooled by the length of the following article... it's a summary


    The Main Issue in the French Presidential Election: National Sovereignty and the Future of France


    By Diana Johnstone Global Research, April 21, 2017

    Region: Europe
    Theme: Police State & Civil Rights




    The 2017 French Presidential election marks a profound change in European political alignments. There is an ongoing shift from the traditional left-right rivalry to opposition between globalization, in the form of the European Union (EU), and national sovereignty.

    Standard media treatment sticks to a simple left-right dualism: “racist” rejection of immigrants is the main issue and that what matters most is to “stop Marine Le Pen!”

    Going from there to here is like walking through Alice’s looking glass. Almost everything is turned around.



    On this side of the glass, the left has turned into the right and part of the right is turning into the left.

    Fifty years ago, it was “the left” whose most ardent cause was passionate support for Third World national liberation struggles. The left’s heroes were Ahmed Ben Bella, Sukarno, Amilcar Cabral, Patrice Lumumba, and above all Ho Chi Minh. What were these leaders fighting for? They were fighting to liberate their countries from Western imperialism. They were fighting for independence, for the right to determine their own way of life, preserve their own customs, decide their own future. They were fighting for national sovereignty, and the left supported that struggle.

    Today, it is all turned around. “Sovereignty” has become a bad word in the mainstream left.

    National sovereignty is an essentially defensive concept. It is about staying home and minding one’s own business. It is the opposite of the aggressive nationalism that inspired fascist Italy and Nazi Germany to conquer other countries, depriving them of their national sovereignty.

    The confusion is due to the fact that most of what calls itself “the left” in the West has been totally won over to the current form of imperialism – aka “globalization”. It is an imperialism of a new type, centered on the use of military force and “soft” power to enable transnational finance to penetrate every corner of the earth and thus to reshape all societies in the endless quest for profitable return on capital investment. The left has been won over to this new imperialism because it advances under the banner of “human rights” and “antiracism” – abstractions which a whole generation has been indoctrinated to consider the central, if not the only, political issues of our times.

    The fact that “sovereignism” is growing in Europe is interpreted by mainstream globalist media as proof that “Europe is moving to the right”– no doubt because Europeans are “racist”. This interpretation is biased and dangerous. People in more and more European nations are calling for national sovereignty precisely because they have lost it. They lost it to the European Union, and they want it back.

    That is why the British voted to leave the European Union. Not because they are “racist”, but primarily because they cherish their historic tradition of self-rule.

    The Socialist Party shipwreck


    As his five-year presidency drew to its ignominious end, François Hollande was obliged by his drastic unpopularity to let his Parti Socialiste (PS) choose its 2017 presidential candidate by primary. In a surprising upset, the Socialist government’s natural candidate, prime minister Manuel Valls, lost to Benoit Hamon, an obscure member of the PS left wing who refused to vote for the unpopular, neo-liberal, anti-labor laws designed by Hollande’s economic advisor, Emmanuel Macron.

    To escape from the unpopularity of the PS, Macron formed his own movement, “En Marche!” One after another, Valls, Hollande and other prominent PS leaders are tiptoeing away, leaving Hamon at the helm of the sinking ship. As Hamon justifiably protests against their betrayal, the party bigwigs pledge their support to Emmanuel Macron.



    Macron ostentatiously hesitates to welcome his shopworn converts into the fold, fearing that their conversion makes it too obvious that his “En Marche!” is a clone of the right wing of the PS, on the way to becoming the French subsidiary of the U.S. Democratic Party in its Clintonian form. Macron proclaims that he is neither left nor right, as discredited politicians from both left and right jump on his bandwagon, to his embarrassment.

    Hamon himself appears to be unaware that the basic cause of the Socialist Party’s shipwreck is its incompatible devotion to two contrary principles: traditional social democracy, and the European Union (EU). Macron, Hollande and their fellow turncoats at least have made their choice: the European Union.

    The Twilight of the Traditional Right


    The great advantage of Republican candidate François Fillon is that his policies are clear. Unlike Hollande, who tried to disguise his neoliberal policies as something else, and based his claim to be on the left on “societal” issues (gay marriage), Fillon is an unabashed conservative. His policies are designed to reduce the huge national debt. Whereas previous governments (including his own, when he was President Sarkozy’s Prime Minister) beat around the bush, Fillon won the Republican nomination by a program of sharp cutbacks in government spending.

    Fillon claims that his austerity measures will lead French capitalists to invest in France and thus save the country’s economy from being completely taken over by foreign corporations, American retirement funds and Qatar. This is highly doubtful, as there is nothing under EU rules to encourage French investors to invest in France rather than somewhere else.

    Fillon departs from EU orthodoxy, however, by proposing a more independent foreign policy, notably by ending the “absurd” sanctions against Russian. He is more concerned about the fate of Middle East Christians than about overthrowing Assad.

    The upshot is that Fillon’s coherent pro-capitalist policy is not exactly what the dominant globalizing elite prefers. The “center left” is their clear political choice since Tony Blair and Bill Clinton revised the agendas of their respective parties. The center left emphasis on human rights (especially in faraway countries targeted for regime change) and ethnic diversity at home fits the long-term globalist aims of erasing national borders, to allow unrestricted free movement of capital. Traditional patriotic conservatism, represented by Fillon, does not altogether correspond to the international adventurism of globalization.

    The Schizophrenic Left
    For a generation, the French left has made “the construction of Europe” the center of its world view. In the early 1980s, faced with opposition from what was then the European Community, French President François Mitterrand abandoned the socializing program on which he been elected. Mitterrand nursed the hope that France would politically dominate a united Europe, but the unification of Germany changed all that. So did EU expansion to Eastern Central nations within the German sphere of influence. Economic policy is now made in Germany.

    As the traditional left goal of economic equality was abandoned, it was superseded by emphatic allegiance to “human rights”, which is now taught in school as a veritable religion. The vague notion of human rights was somehow associated with the “free movement” of everything and everybody. Indeed the official EU dogma is protection of “free movement”: free movement of goods, people, labor and (last but certainly not least) capital. These “four freedoms” in practice transform the nation from a political society into a financial market, an investment opportunity, run by a bureaucracy of supposed experts. In this way, the European Union has become the vanguard experiment in transforming the world into a single capitalist market.

    The French left bought heavily into this ideal, partly because it deceptively echoed the old leftist ideal of “internationalism” (whereas capital has always been incomparably more “international” than workers), and partly due to the simplistic idea that “nationalism” is the sole cause of wars. More fundamental and complex causes of war are ignored.

    For a long time, the left has complained about job loss, declining living standards, delocalization or closure of profitable industries, without recognizing that these unpopular results are caused by EU requirements. EU directives and regulations increasingly undermine the French model of redistribution through public services, and are now threatening to wipe them out altogether – either because “the government is bankrupt” or because of EU competition rules prohibit countries from taking measures to preserve their key industries or their agriculture. Rather than face reality, the left’s reaction has mostly been to repeat its worn-out demand for an impossible “Social Europe”.

    Yet the dream of “social Europe” received what amounted to a fatal blow ten years ago. In 2005, a referendum was called to allow the French to approve a Constitution for united Europe. This led to an extraordinary popular discussion, with countless meetings of citizens examining every aspect of this lengthy document. Unlike normal constitutions, this document froze the member States in a single monetarist economic policy, with no possibility of change.

    On May 29, 2005, French voters rejected the treaty by 55% to 45%.

    What seemed to be a great victory for responsible democracy turned into its major failure. Essentially the same document, renamed the Lisbon Treaty, was ratified in December 2007, without a referendum. Global governance had put the people in their place. This produced widespread disillusion with politics as millions concluded that their votes didn’t matter, that politicians paid no attention to the will of the people.
    Even so, Socialist politicians continued to pledge undying allegiance to the EU, always with the prospect that “Social Europe” might somehow be possible.

    Meanwhile, it has become more and more obvious that EU monetarist policy based on the common currency, the euro, creates neither growth nor jobs as promised but destroys both. Unable to control its own currency, obliged to borrow from private banks, and to pay them interest, France is more and more in debt, its industry is disappearing and its farmers are committing suicide, on the average of one every other day. The left has ended up in an impossible position: unswervingly loyal to the EU while calling for policies that are impossible under EU rules governing competition, free movement, deregulation, budgetary restraints, and countless other regulations produced by an opaque bureaucracy and ratified by a virtually powerless European Parliament, all under the influence of an army of lobbyists.

    Benoit Hamon remains firmly stuck on the horns of the left’s fatal dilemma: determination to be “socialist”, or rather, social democratic, and passionate loyalty to “Europe”. While insisting on social policies that cannot possibly be carried out with the euro as currency and according to EU rules, Hamon still proclaims loyalty to “Europe”. He parrots the EU’s made-in-Washington foreign policy, demanding that “Assad must go” and ranting against Putin and Russia.

    Jean-Luc Mélenchon Grasps the Nettle


    Not only is the drab, conformist Hamon abandoned by his party heavies, he is totally upstaged on the left by the flamboyant Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a maverick ready to break the rules. After years as a PS loyalist, Mélenchon broke away in 2005 to oppose the Constitutional Treaty, gaining prominence as a fiery orator. In 2007, he left the Socialist Party and founded the Parti de Gauche (Left Party). Allied with the much weakened Communist Party, he came in fourth in the first round of the 2012 Presidential election with 11% of the vote. This time he is running for President with his own new movement, La France Insoumise, which can be translated in a number of ways, including “the France that does not submit”.

    Submit to what? Mainly, to the euro and to the antisocial, neoliberal policies of the European Union that are ruining France.

    French flags and la Marseillaise have replaced the Internationale at Mélenchon rallies. “The Europe of our dreams is dead,” he acknowledges, vowing to “end the nightmare of dictatorship by banks and finance”.

    Mélenchon calls for outright disobedience by violating EU treaties that are harmful to France. That is his Plan A. His Plan B is to leave the EU, in case Plan A fails to convince Germany (the current boss) and the others to agree to change the treaties.

    But at best, Plan B is an empty threat to strengthen his hand in theoretical negotiations. France is such a crucial member, he maintains, that a French threat to leave should be enough to force changes.

    Threatening to leave the EU is just part of Mélenchon’s vast and complicated program which includes calling a national convention to draft a constitution for France’s “sixth Republic” as well as major ecological innovation. Completely changing both France and the European Union at the same time would require the nation to be in a revolutionary effervescence that is by no means visible. It would also require a unanimity among the EU’s 28 member States that is simply impossible.

    But Mélenchon is canny enough to have recognized the basic problem: the enemy of jobs, prosperity and public services is the European Union. Mélenchon is by far the candidate that generates the most excitement. He has rapidly outdistanced Hamon and draws huge enthusiastic crowds to his rallies. His progress has changed the shape of the race: at this moment, he has become one of four front-runners who might get past the first round vote on April 23 into the finals on May 7: Le Pen, Macron, Fillon and himself.

    The Opposites are (almost) the Same
    A most remarkable feature of this campaign is great similarity between the two candidates said to represent “the far left”, Mélenchon, and “the far right”, Marine Le Pen. Both speak of leaving the euro. Both vow to negotiate with the EU to get better treaty terms for France. Both advocate social policies to benefit workers and low income people. Both want to normalize relations with Russia. Both want to leave NATO, or at least its military command. Both defend national sovereignty, and can thus be described as “sovereignists”.

    The only big difference between them is on immigration, an issue that arouses so much emotion that it is hard to discuss sensibly. Those who oppose immigration are accused of “fascism”, those who favor immigration are accused of wanting to destroy the nation’s identity by flooding it with inassimilable foreigners.

    In a country suffering from unemployment, without jobs or housing to accommodate mass immigration, and under the ongoing threat of Islamist terror attacks, the issue cannot be reasonably reduced to “racism” – unless Islamic terrorists constitute a “race”, for which there is no evidence. Le Pen insists that all French citizens deserve equal treatment regardless of their origins, race or religion. She is certain to get considerable support from recently nationalized immigrants, just as she now gets a majority of working class votes. If this is “fascism”, it has changed a lot in the past seventy years.

    What is significant is that despite their differences, the two most charismatic candidates both speak of restoring national sovereignty. Both evoke the possibility of leaving the European Union, although in rather uncertain terms.

    The globalist media are already preparing to blame the eventual election of a “sovereignist” candidate on Vladimir Putin. Public opinion in the West is being prepared for massive protests to break out against an undesired winner, and the “antifa” militants are ready to wreak havoc in the streets. Some people who like Marine Le Pen are afraid of voting for her, fearing the “color revolution” sure to be mounted against her. Mélenchon and even Fillon might face similar problems.

    As a taste of things to come, on April 20, the EU Observer published an article entitled “Russia-linked fake news floods French social media”.

    Based on something called Bakamo, one of the newly establishment “fact-check” outfits meant to steer readers away from unofficial opinion, the article accused Russian-influenced web sites of favoring Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, François Fillon, Francois Asselineau, and Philippe Poutou. (They forgot to mention one of the most “sovereignist” candidates, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, currently polling in sixth place.)

    Since a large majority of the eleven candidates, including three of the four front-runners, are strongly critical of the EU and of NATO and want to improve relations with Russia, it would seem that Putin wouldn’t have to make a great effort to get a more friendly French government next time around. On the other hand, the EU Observer article is only a small sample of blatant “interference in the French election” on the part of the globalists on behalf of their favorite, Emmanuel Macron, the most enthusiastic Europhile.

    The Future of France


    Among those listed as alleged Russian favorites, François Asselineau is by far the most thorough critic of the European Union. Systematically ignored by the media since he founded his anti-EU party, the Union Populaire Républicain (UPR), ten years ago, François Asselineau has thousands of ardent supporters who have plastered his poster all over the country. His tireless didactic speeches, reproduced on internet, have driven home several key points:
    – there is no way to improve the EU from the inside, because any change would require unanimity among 27 member states who disagree on key issues.

    – the only solution for France is to use Article 50 of the EU treaties to withdraw entirely, as the United Kingdom is currently doing.

    – only by leaving the EU can France save its public services, its social benefits, its economy and its democracy.

    – it is only by restoring its national sovereignty that genuine democratic life, with confrontation between a real “left” and “right”, can be possible.

    – by leaving the EU, France, which has over 6,000 treaties with other countries, would not be isolated but would be joining the greater world.
    Asselineau is a single issue candidate. He vows that as soon as elected, he would invoke Article 50 to leave the EU and immediately apply to Washington to withdraw from NATO. He emphasizes that none of the other critics of the EU propose such a clear exit within the rules.

    Other candidates, including the more charismatic Mélenchon and Le Pen, echo some of Asselineau’s arguments. But they are not ready to go so far as to advocate a clear immediate break with the EU, if only because they realize that the French population, while increasingly critical of the euro and alienated from the “European dream”, is still fearful of actually leaving, due to dire warnings of disaster from the Europeists.

    The first round campaign is an opportunity for Asselineau to present his ideas to a wider audience, preparing public opinion for a more coherent “Frexit” policy. By far the most fundamental emerging issue in this campaign is the conflict between the European Union and national sovereignty. It will probably not be settled in this election, but it won’t go away.

    This is the major issue of the future, because it determines whether any genuine political life is possible.


    The original source of this article is Global Research
    Copyright © Diana Johnstone, Global Research, 2017
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