by Stephen Lendman
A state of emergency exists, declared by outgoing President Hollande in November 2015 after the Paris Charlie Hebdo/kosher market false flag attacks.
At the time, Hollande called what happened “an act of war,” suspending constitutional rule, followed by lawmakers enacting France’s version of America’s Patriot Act.
He and parliamentarians exploited the incidents to crack down hard on civil liberties, human rights, and other democratic principles.
Fear-mongering propaganda persists, convincing people to believe sacrificing fundamental freedoms protects their security.
On election day, France resembles an armed camp, following the violent Champs Elysees incident by an alleged ISIS sympathizer, creating unwarranted hysteria.
Over 50,000 soldiers and police are deployed at polling stations and elsewhere in Paris and other cities.
The election is too close to call – four leading candidates vying to be two finalists, facing off against each other in May 7 runoff voting:
- Prime Minister Francois Fillon;
- former economy, industry and digital affairs minister Emmanuel Macron;
- Left Party’s Jean-Luc Melenchon; and
- National Front leader Marine Le Pen.
On June 11 and 18, National Assembly elections will be held. On April 24 – 26, the Constitutional Council will verify first round presidential results, the same procedure following the May 7 runoff.
France’s new president is expected to be inaugurated on May 14, possibly sooner. Fillon and Macron represent dirty business as usual.
Melenchon’s campaign featured anti-capitalist rhetoric. His popularity surged in its closing days. He favors taxing the rich, renegotiating international trade deals and France’s EU role, ending nuclear power, treating refugees humanely, and more greatly empowering parliament.
He rejects succumbing to fear and panic, saying “(o)ur duty as citizens is to stay away from the polemics our enemies are dreaming of, and, on the opposite, to stay together.”
In March, Le Pen announced her “144 presidential commitments,” including:
Banking and monetary system
- Scrap the 1973 law that secures independence of the Bank of France
- Restore a national currency to face “unfair competition”
- Allow the Bank of France to directly fund the Treasury
- Restore “monetary, legislative, territorial and economic sovereignty”
- Cut interest rates on loans and banking overdrafts for companies and households
- Scrap EU regulation that freezes or bans the withdrawal of deposits (life insurance and savings) in case of a financial crisis or bank run
- Organize a referendum on France’s European Union membership
- Pull out of the Schengen accord that guarantees freedom of movement
- Recreate a 6,000-strong border-control police unit
- Ban posted workers from EU countries to work in France
- Replace EU’s agricultural pact with a French agricultural deal
Immigration, Foreigners, National Identity
Labor Laws and Retirement
Le Pen will likely advance to second round voting, a long shot at best to become France’s next president.
How would she govern if elected? Politicians nearly always say one thing and do another.
Trump straightaway reneged on key campaign pledges – especially on interventionism, NATO, replacing Obamacare with something better, letting Goldman Sachs run economic policy, putting generals in charge of geopolitical policies, and promising to represent ordinary Americans.
If elected, will Le Pen go the same way? Will she continue dirty business as usual, abandon notions of pulling out of the EU and NATO, and forget about restoring French sovereignty?
Will she continue establishment policies overall? Like America, France’s deep state intends doing whatever it takes to retain its power and privilege.
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