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    French Politics and pro-russian National Front

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    Post  Kiko Mon Jun 10, 2024 12:15 am

    Macron got fed up: the far right plucked him before the dissolution of parliament, by Elena Karaeva for RiaNovosti. 06.09.2024.

    The results of the European Parliament elections are not even an earthquake, not a tectonic shift. This is a defeat both for the current government, comparable to Napoleonic La Bérézina, and for the entire pan-European bloc.

    That is, a loss that leads to political zugzwang. And in France. And weight.

    And in domestic politics, national and supranational, and in foreign policy too.

    A complete and total vote of no confidence. Everything. Any step. And Paris . And Brussels .

    And any word.

    So, the numbers are devastating for the owner of the Elysee Palace. The National Rally, which is temporarily headed by Jordan Bardella (and in the past the party was led by representatives of the Le Pen family ), receives more than 30 percent of the vote. Pro-presidential candidates received half as much: slightly more than 14 percent. Even if you add up the ballots cast in favor of Macron and those who can be considered pro-European characters (about 15 percent), the total will still be less than 30 percent.

    Of course, to lose like this, you had to try long and hard.

    Adapting to Washington is to the detriment of national interests. To suck up to Brussels is to the detriment of the interests of one’s own citizens. To suck up to Kiev - getting into the pockets of compatriots absolutely without shame and without blushing, so as not to anger Zelensky.
    And most importantly: all this diligent and persistent desire to lose took place despite decent market conditions, good indicators of investment in the economy, a fairly rapid start to the country’s work after the pandemic, associated quarantines and the closure of small businesses.

    But the “Mozart of Finance” did the opposite. He destroyed the economy (by joining anti-Russian sanctions), created chaos in public finances, and failed to establish a dialogue with parliament.

    Not a single budget over the past two years was approved by the National Assembly as a result of discussion; the president forced Prime Minister Elisabeth Born to break through the resistance of deputies, using constitutional norm 49.4, which allows the country’s main financial document to be adopted without discussion.

    And so Macron finished the game. More precisely, he got tired of it.

    The dissolution of parliament, as well as the calling of early elections (the first round will take place on June 30, the second on July 7), means the following.

    Seeing the figures obtained by the opposition, it is logical to assume that the majority - not necessarily constitutional, but the majority - in any case will force the owner of the Elysee Palace to enter the “cohabitation” mode (this is the official term, no everyday or intimate connotations). Cohabitation in this context means that the president will be obliged, according to the constitutional norm, to appoint a prime minister from the party or political movement that receives the majority of votes.

    Guess twice who can become the head of the executive branch of the Fifth Republic.

    This is Marine Le Pen, who has already told her jubilant supporters.

    Macron sat alone in a mourning-colored suit and a matching tie.

    In principle, he has a choice in this situation.

    Admit your own mistakes and ask for forgiveness from your fellow citizens. But this will never happen.
    There is another option: to apply for a building manager after the expiration of your mandate. This is the maximum he can claim in terms of continuing his career.

    And one last thing.

    The bell of the requiem for present-day Europe has already rung.

    Von der Leyen and Josep Borrell can start packing their bags.

    The European Union, having existed in its current form and political structure for a little more than 30 years, collapsed - so far, however, only ideologically - during just one evening.

    https://ria.ru/20240609/france-1951832938.html

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    Post  Kiko Mon Jun 10, 2024 9:31 pm

    Election failure forced Macron to go all-in, by Valeria Verbinina for VZGLYAD. 06.10.2024.

    One of the main sensations of the last elections to the European Parliament was the defeat of Emmanuel Macron’s party. What are the reasons for the loss of the French President, why, as the French press puts it, did his rival Jordan Bardell’s “rocket” take off – and how does Macron expect to eventually take revenge, taking a major political risk?

    On June 9, elections to the European Parliament were held in European Union countries, including France. Long before him, polls showed that the National Rally of Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardell was leading by a significant margin. Despite all the efforts of the current authorities, attempts to influence undecided voters and the president’s direct appeal from television screens, various monitoring showed that the opposition far-right party would gain at least 30% of the votes.

    “I don’t believe in polls, I believe in voting,” Macron said on the eve of the elections. Perhaps he was referring to historical precedents when respondents said one thing, but in the end other people came to the polls and voted differently than the media predicted. However, already on election day it became clear that the National Rally had broken all historical records, and the final vote count determined that they received 31.37% of the votes and 30 seats in the European Parliament. At the same time, the ruling party showed results more than twice as bad, gaining only 14.6% of the votes. For comparison, in the previous elections in 2019, the National Rally received 23.3%, and the Macronists - 22.4%.

    “Our fellow citizens today expressed their desire for change, and also outlined the path to the future,” noted Jordan Bardella, who heads the list of deputies of the National Rally. “The wind of hope has risen across France, and this is just the beginning.”

    “The huge gap between the presidential majority and the first opposition party reflects... the clear rejection that society feels towards the policies pursued by Macron and his government. The President of the Republic cannot remain deaf to this message,” Bardella added. After which he publicly proposed to the president to dissolve the country’s National Assembly as no longer expressing the will of the country’s citizens.

    Apparently, at that moment, few people believed that the French president would actually take such a step, especially since the last time something similar happened was back in 1997 under Jacques Chirac. However, unexpectedly for everyone, Emmanuel Macron agreed that the dissolution of parliament would be the best way out in the current situation of political impasse.

    “I am dissolving the National Assembly,” Macron said in an evening address to citizens. “Soon I will sign a decree on new elections, which will take place on June 30 and July 7.” He explained: “The rise in popularity of nationalists and demagogues is a danger for our people, but also for Europe, it threatens the position of France and Europe in the world... And yes, (the power of) the far right means the impoverishment of the French and the loss of influence of our country.”

    The success of the far right in France, where they have traditionally been relegated to the role of nothing more than political bogeymen, however, can be explained very simply. "Purchasing power, insecurity, immigration - the fuel that propelled Bardell's rocket" – the newspaper “Figaro” already indicates in the headline. According to political scientist Jérôme Fourquet, the “incredible success” of the National Rally was the result of a “strategy of respectabilization,” that is, a rejection of any extreme rhetoric, and a “context” that turned out to be favorable for the party. In other words, the current government in France itself created the conditions that caused the rise in popularity of the party of Marine Le Pen and her 28-year-old protégé from Saint-Denis, populated by migrants.

    Celebrating the victory of their party, ordinary supporters of Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardell, in conversations with journalists, did not hide the reasons why they chose the National Rally. 19-year-old student Manon admits that she joined the party because it is the only party that speaks openly about the problem of safety on the streets: “I no longer dare to go out in the evenings... We need control over underground migration, which clearly makes life unsafe. All I want is to be able to leave the house safely.” In general, of course, the most important thing is “that one day Bardella gets to the Matignon Palace (that is, becomes the head of government), and Marine Le Pen gets to the Elysee Palace” (that is, that she is elected president of the country).

    But the presidential elections are still far away, and taking Matignon now is a very realistic task, according to supporters of Le Pen and Bardell. That is why Macron’s decision to dissolve the government did not arouse enthusiasm among many politicians who do not support the course of the far right and do not intend to unite with them.

    Socialist Raphael Glucksmann said that “Macron, following the lead of Jordan Bardell... is playing an extremely dangerous game with democracy and its institutions.” Communists and greens, represented by Fabien Roussel and Marie Toussaint, called on the left to unite and develop a “pact in the interests of France.” They were energetically supported by the head of Unconquered France, Jean-Luc Mélenchon: “We won the first round of elections in 2022... we can win again.” At night, a spontaneous demonstration against the National Rally took place on the Place de la République in Paris. Several hundred people waved flags of leftist parties, as well as Palestinian flags.

    In addition to the growing influence of right-wing parties, one of the results of elections almost everywhere in Europe, not just in France, was the surrender of the greens. Apart from ecology, there was nothing to present to politicians in this direction - but when a person is afraid to leave the house again, he becomes less interested in climate change, which they are trying to present to him as the main problem. If the authorities do not provide the basic needs of citizens - and the request for security is just that - citizens go to vote for those who promise to restore order, and not for those who talk about melting ice.

    Experts are asking why Macron went all-in by dissolving parliament. As Le Figaro writes, supporters of the president assess the elections after the dissolution of the National Assembly as “suicidal,” and the consequences of his decision for the party as a “deadly risk.” In general, his comrades were ready “for a shock result in the elections to the European Parliament,” but Macron’s decision to dissolve the country’s parliament and call new elections “took them by surprise.”

    “It turned out to be easier for the president to go for broke than to look for the reasons for his defeat,” writes columnist Guillaume Tabar. – The winner, Jordan Bardella, imposed his scenario on the loser, even though Macron intends - or has an illusion? “turn what’s happening to your advantage.”

    It would be a mistake to think that Macron followed Jordan Bardell’s lead and gave in to his demands.

    Yes, as a politician, the French President takes risks, but this unexpected move fits well with his logic. One game is lost (the European Parliament), and he immediately raises the stakes and starts a new game, during which everyone will forget about the previous one. If, of course, Macron wins.

    Already the left parties are uniting, as they believe, in their own interests, but in fact they are somehow grist for Macron’s mill. And the government media, although they diagnose that the president is “playing with fire, of which he himself could become a victim,” have already begun to carefully suggest how bravely and honestly he acted. A real leader who thinks only about the good of the nation, so, dear citizens, it is better to vote for his party.

    So we can say that for Bardell and his supporters now everything is just beginning. The pressure will be extremely tough, and not a single mistake will be forgiven. We’ll see how it all ends and whether Macron will be able to achieve his goal and form a counterweight to the National Rally in the coming weeks.

    https://vz.ru/world/2024/6/10/1272436.html

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    Post  Kiko Mon Jun 17, 2024 9:26 pm

    Le Pen comments on ousting Macron, 06.17.2024.

    The French president called a snap general election after the National Rally trounced his party in the EU parliamentary vote.

    Marine Le Pen has said she will not seek the immediate removal of President Emmanuel Macron from office should her National Rally (NR) party come out on top in France's upcoming general election.

    The former long-time NR leader currently heads the party’s faction in parliament. Macron called a snap election after his party lost spectacularly to the NR in the EU parliamentary elections earlier this month.

    Le Pen, who has run for president three times in the past, has been a vocal critic of Macron’s immigration and social policies, as well as his support for arming Ukraine.

    In an interview with Le Figaro published on Sunday, Le Pen was asked whether her party would call for the resignation of the president if the National Rally emerges victorious in the upcoming election. The veteran politician said she would not.

    “I am respectful of institutions, I am not calling for institutional chaos. There will simply be cohabitation,” she said.

    Despite this, Le Pen insisted that Macron has left France “in ruins,” with public services destroyed and immigration out of control. She went on to claim that while the political system established in France by General Charles de Gaulle is still intact, Macron has “put in place the conditions for a total blockage of the democratic functioning of our country.”

    The National Rally, on the other hand, embodies “order and tranquility,” Le Pen insisted, adding that she sees her role as “president of the majority group of a cohabitation government.”

    Le Pen stressed that “competent people of good will, whatever their political color” would be welcome to join in. She claimed that a number of “senior officials and diplomats” have signaled their willingness to work with the right-wing party.

    Addressing supporters earlier this month, Le Pen said the party is ready to “exercise power if the French people place their trust in us in these future legislative elections.” Current National Rally leader Jordan Bardella echoed the statement, arguing that the people have expressed a “desire for change.”

    The comments came shortly after Macron announced his decision to dissolve the National Assembly and call a snap general election. He cited “the historic score of the far-right” and current “parliamentarian disorder” as the reason for his decision.

    https://www.rt.com/news/599439-france-le-pen-macron-ouster/

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    Post  Kiko Sat Jun 22, 2024 5:57 am

    French Politics Won’t Get Less Complicated After Election, by Ian DeMartino for Sputnikglobe.com. 06.22.2024.

    Immediately after his party was trounced by the National Rally in European parliamentary elections, French President Emmanuel Macron called for snap elections for the National Assembly to be held on June 30 and July 7.

    Macron was likely hoping that the higher turnout for National Assembly elections and long-held French fear of a party run by the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen (Marine Le Pen) would mobilize voters into supporting centrist parties to stop them.

    Recent polling indicates that is not likely to happen, at least not by choosing Macron’s Renaissance Party.

    No matter the outcome next month, we are unlikely to see an end to the drama in French politics, particularly if the National Rally does not secure a clear majority or if it cannot find allies to create one.

    “It’s unlikely any one political grouping will be able to get 51% of the vote and therefore, be able to form any kind of stable government,” explained George Szamuely, a senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute on the Sputnik's Fault Lines. If the National Rally secures a plurality but not a majority, Macron will not be obligated to pick likely National Rally candidate Jordan Bardella.

    “He might, but he might say ‘Well, I’m not at all sure that Jordan Bardella will be able to form a government that will be able to govern,’” explained Szamuely. “So he might turn his attention to maybe some form of coalition between the parties of the left, maybe the centre-right and [Macron’s] the Renaissance Party. It’s hard to know… So, at this stage, there are a lot of different scenarios that could play out.”

    Further complicating matters for Macron is a new coalition of leftist parties, named the New Popular Front, that includes the Communists, Socialists, Greens and France Unbowed (LFI). That group has rocketed past Macron’s center-right coalition and is now seen as the National Rally’s biggest threat.

    While Macron has been and will likely continue to court the left to keep the National Rally out of power, they seem unlikely to join him due to Macron’s conservative immigration reform, his decision to raise the retirement age in France and spending cuts. Fearing a complete defeat at the hands of both the New Popular Front and the National Rally, Macron’s allies have also started attacking the left in France in hopes of maintaining some of their power.

    Currently, the National Rally leads national polling in France with 31%. The New Popular Front is a strong second with 28% and Macron’s alliance remains below 20%. That means it is unlikely that his party will make it to the second round in most districts.

    National Assembly elections in France work on a run-off system. The first vote includes all valid candidates, the second includes any candidate that received more than 12.5% of the vote. Typically that results in two candidates but elections with three or four candidates in the second round are not unheard of.

    If a candidate wins 50% in the first vote and more than a quarter of registered voters in the area participate then that candidate wins automatically.

    His voters would then have to choose between the leftist coalition candidate and the National Rally, and could make the crucial difference.

    Though his party looks likely to suffer massive losses, Macron has pledged to finish his term, which ends in 2027. If that happens, France will be stuck with a lame-duck president, ruling in what is called “cohabitation” with the Prime Minister from either the New Popular Front or the National Rally. France hasn’t had a cohabitation government since 2002 and this one looks to be far more contentious than any previous iteration.

    That is the best case scenario for stability in the French Government. Current polling indicates that it is more likely that neither the National Rally nor the New Popular Front will gain enough seats for a true majority and France could be stuck in a limbo, unable to field a government that can actually govern.

    "There's still such an anathema about having the National Rally in government that it could be that all the parties will unite against the National Rally and immediately hold a vote of no-confidence, in which case that will be the end of that government,” explained Szamuely.

    Worse, Bardella has already indicated that he won’t accept the post of Prime Minister if the National Rally does not secure a majority.

    “I don’t want to be the President’s assistant,” Bardella explained. “I’m not going to sell the French people measures or actions that I couldn’t follow through.”

    French politics are complicated and often chaotic. It looks like it will stay that way.

    https://sputnikglobe.com/20240622/french-politics-wont-get-less-complicated-after-election-1119055521.html




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    Post  Kiko Tue Jun 25, 2024 8:37 pm

    France is trying to save its shabby face, by Andrey Polonsky for VZGLYAD. 06.25.2024.

    The Russian Northern Military District has become a catalyst for not yet fully manifested, but very interesting processes throughout Europe. It returns the Old World to history, confronting it with a choice - either to continue its national existence, or to finally die, go into unification and submit to America.

    There is another political crisis in France. In the elections to the European Parliament, Marine Le Pen's National Rally defeated Macron's Revival by more than a two-fold margin. Macron called new parliamentary elections. This is a kind of well-known trick in French political life - to give the initiative to the enemy, as it were, in order to show his helplessness in solving real problems. At the end of the last century, a similar technique allowed François Mitterrand (1988) and Jacques Chirac (1997) to maintain power. Let's see if Macron can repeat it.

    But the fact of the matter is that now there is a completely different policy, different challenges and different prospects. And France has become completely different.

    The point is not even the result of the unfading and persistent Madame Le Pen. And not in the ideology of her party. And it’s not the failure of Macron personally, who decided, quite unexpectedly for many, to become the main “hawk” of Europe, the provocateur of the “new Crimean War.” The fact is that France is waking up. At least, hope is being born again that the country will regain its understanding of sovereign interests and historical memory.

    The Russian Northern Military District has become a catalyst for not yet fully manifested, but very interesting processes throughout Europe. It - no matter how contradictory the trends in political life may be - returns the Old World to history, puts it before a choice: either continue its national existence, or finally die, go into unification and submit to America.

    And France, as has happened more than once in the past, is in the lead here. It opens up a path that other European countries will have to follow.

    What is macronism as a political ideology? This is a left-center-right synthesis, which symbolizes the voluntary refusal of some French people, especially Parisians and residents of other large cities, from everything French. From history, French character and even language - in the name of “universal” values ​​(in this case the Anglo-Saxon agenda), career, benefits of the global consumer market and the ideology of neoliberalism. This process did not start today. It's no joke - but with the advent of the new century, people of the younger generation in Paris are increasingly speaking English with a foreigner. And French surprises them. How can you also depict something in our language?

    Just 30 years ago the reaction was completely different. What a pity that you don't speak French. Yes, alas, our beautiful language is losing its meaning. English wins, in which it is impossible to express a good half of the meanings. This kind of groan continued throughout the second half of the twentieth century in Parisian cafes and squares. Now it's hard to imagine it. Capital students sometimes even speak English among themselves, this is their form of politeness; allies in the golden billion will understand better. Or - for a certain part of other French - a form of capitulation.

    But no one has actually capitulated to anyone yet. The country that has now become obvious, France, faithful to national memory, culture and national interests, has once again shown that it is alive.

    After all, what is all the enemy Macron for this “Other France”? A complete mockery. The fosterling of the Rothschilds, even his last name sounds like macro - pimp - in the old slang.

    What can we add to this? The Anglo-Saxon “new ethics” is trying to deprive the French of even classical French libertineism. It even sounds funny for an old libertine - LGBT rights (the LGBT movement is recognized as extremist and is prohibited in Russia). What kind of libertines are they if they fight for the right to be like everyone else? Where is the salt, where is the pepper? - in a picture with a sodomite minister in a legal homosexual marriage?

    A complete discredit of the classical understanding of freedom of morals.

    No Macron in power could ever have happened if the glorious Gallic spirit had not been driven into a corner. In the history of any national culture, the self-awareness of the people, heavy defeats and blows inevitably occur from which it is difficult for it to recover. In France in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, there were several such key moments.

    The first, and perhaps the most painful, relates to the fate of compatriots forced to evacuate Algeria after the end of the Algerian War in the early 1960s (there may be an obvious parallel here with our Central Asia). Algeria was not just an “overseas territory” for France. Only he did not accept the surrender of Marshal Pétain, saving the honor of the country during the Second World War. There reigned a completely different, special, but purely French in spirit, promising cultural synthesis, its own, but indigenous France. And at one fine moment all this was betrayed, washed away, forgotten, especially against the backdrop of the bloody Oran massacre. Residents of continental France turned away from their compatriots forced to leave Algeria, from their struggle, grief, hope and tragedy, branding them (for the sake of left-wing phraseology) “blackfeet” (pieds noirs) and almost fascists - OAS.

    The second blow came from the other side, and was again associated with the name of the savior of France during World War II and, at the same time, the main initiator of the Algerian surrender, General de Gaulle. De Gaulle tried to pursue a policy independent of the United States, got along well with the USSR and left the NATO military bloc. The general's resignation and long attempts to accuse him of authoritarianism resulted in a gradual surrender of national interests and France's return to the Western mainstream.

    And finally, the third, no less significant, defeat was inflicted by left-liberal and deconstructionist propaganda, which has been pouring on the heads of the inexperienced French man in the street over the past 70 years from all French, as it were, intellectual television channels, which are very popular in the country. From Sartre to Deleuze, the triumphant ideas of the total destruction of meanings were cast in the coined formula of Maurice Blanchot: “The sacrifice of God is necessary so that a person can realize this nothingness that is embedded in him and becomes the basis of his freedom.”

    Indeed, when “nothing” is introduced, defending France becomes completely pointless. There’s some way to save yourself here, but even then it’s unlikely.

    Fortunately, not all the French were fascinated by these insidious rat-catchers, taking children into the swamps of farewell to man. And recent events show that there is still a France that is capable of waking up. And its future lies not in confrontation, but in mutual understanding and cultural dialogue with Russia. Only together with Russia are the old European cultures able to withstand the challenge of global unification. Otherwise they are doomed.

    It won't be an easy fight. Even Marine Le Pen’s party is far from pro-Russian positions in the current situation. But at least she is able to take into account French interests, and not just blindly follow the abstract slogans of Russophobes and neoliberals.

    The coming years will decide the fate of old Europe. And we are far from observers in this matter. For now, we can hope that the French song is not completely sung.

    https://vz.ru/opinions/2024/6/25/1273150.html

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    Post  GarryB Wed Jun 26, 2024 9:44 am

    I wonder if Moron called snap elections because he knows what the west is doing to Russia.... escalations of violence and terrorism, which will be answered in the west with violence and a response in kind... maybe moron is afraid the Russians might pick the Olympic games as a fresh juicy target.]

    I had a dream last night where I was in a crowd of people and it looked like an underground network somewhere... nobody spoke so I couldn't work out where it was and then the roof collapsed and a wall of water came rushing in from above. Riding the wave of water rushing in I approached the other end of the room after being washed hundreds of metres and then the water hit the back wall of the huge room I was in and then the entire room filled up with water, there were no exits and I was more than 100 metres into this room so no way I could swim back on one lungful of air and I watched the other people around me come to that conclusion too. The ceiling was all lights under glass panels that seemed to be unbreakable (presumably to prevent them being broken by delinquents), and then I woke up and thought... how many undergrounds are there around the world where a river flows above... some sort of Nord Stream II attack blowing holes down through the river bed to flood the underground and drown people. There will be plenty in the west and also plenty in Russia and China so if anyone starts that sort of shit then where will it end...

    The channel tunnel would be an obvious target but putting a bomb in a massive fuel truck or train wagon and detonate it as it is half way through a tunnel... such things are relatively easy... Kiev has already used the truck with 22 tons of explosives to damage a bridge.

    That American bridge collapsed and blocked access to important traffic not to mention killed people on the bridge at the time... but that was an accident... with planning and timing you could kill lots of people and do a lot of damage.

    Anyway I don't intend to watch the Olympics... I normally don't bother anyway... but maybe this one might hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

    All I can say is play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
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    Post  Kiko Mon Jul 01, 2024 12:05 am

    Expert explains what awaits Macron if the right wins the French elections, 06.30.2024.

    Expert: France faces a year of technical government if Macron does not reach an agreement with the right.

    MOSCOW, July 1 - RIA Novosti. The “government of cohabitation”, if the “National Rally” wins the elections in France, will complicate the life of the country’s President Emmanuel Macron, who has done a lot to demonize the right, now he will have to negotiate with them, otherwise there will be a technical government in the country for about a year, the presenter told RIA Novosti Researcher at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergei Fedorov.

    The French Interior Ministry previously announced preliminary voting results in the first round of parliamentary elections: the National Rally party is in the lead with 34.2% of the votes, the left-wing coalition New Popular Front is in second place with 29.1%, and President Emmanuel Macron's coalition is third with 21.5%.

    “The so-called “government of cohabitation” has existed in France at least three times before - for example, in 1997 under President Jacques Chirac ,” Fedorov recalled.

    He explained that the current French leader Emmanuel Macron did a lot to demonize the right (the leading National Rally), and now they are the closest to power.

    "Of course, they will have to find a common language, but such "cohabitation" will complicate Macron's life. All his bills, his entire course will go down the drain. Although he has prerogatives in foreign policy, in security," the expert noted.
    Fedorov emphasized that similar situations of "cohabitation" previously led to the early dissolution of parliament. At the same time, in the current situation, a technical government may appear, he noted.

    “Macron and his centrist forces will have to look for a coalition with the left. And they don’t really like him there. And this could be a technical government if no one gets a majority before the next elections, which, according to the French constitution, can be held in a year,” the expert concluded.

    "Government of cohabitation" in France involves a situation where the country's president belongs to a different political party than the parliamentary majority. This situation may arise due to the fact that France is a presidential-parliamentary republic. The president is forced to appoint a prime minister, who will be accepted by parliament; his position, in turn, depends on the party of the parliamentary majority.

    https://ria.ru/20240701/frantsiya-1956529183.html
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    Post  Kiko Mon Jul 01, 2024 11:38 am

    Marine Le Pen killed Emmanuel Macron, by Elena Karaeva for RiaNovosti. 07.01.2024.

    The voting figures in the first round of the early parliamentary elections in France leave no other interpretation. The ultra-right blew up the so-called political center, assembled like a children's construction toy, specifically to push Macron to the highest post in the country seven years ago.

    All administrative resources, all media channels, the powerful pressure of large and very large businesses to entice people to vote for the presidential alliance - everything is gone, absolutely everything. The votes are counting. The voter leaves. To Marine Le Pen and to Jordan Bardella.

    This result can be considered an “intermediate failure,” as the servile media have already tried to do. But one can - and should - call it political Waterloo. Of course, things won’t come to abdication, that is, Macron’s resignation. But Macron will have to live with a cactus for the remaining two years of his presidency. In his pressed trousers, an important part of the presidential suit. The French stuffed the thorny plant below the trouser belt of the owner of the Elysee Palace.

    One can, of course, tone down the sarcastic tone and start examining the political prospects of the Fifth Republic. Both in domestic and foreign policy. Without taking into account the role of its leader, since he emerged from the fight as the loser.
    Regardless of the results of the second round, which will take place next Sunday, July 7, Macron will have some presidential prerogatives curtailed. Yes, he will still be the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, but the government issues the money to feed, shoe, clothe and equip these forces. And the deputies approve. The government - according to the Constitution - will be formed from the winners, from those who represent the parliamentary majority.

    Attal, darling, come on, goodbye!

    Although, of course, it’s not about Attalus.

    Attal is a pawn, a disposable politician who was brought in to counterbalance the current leader of the National Rally, Bardella. And he is about to be discarded as a used product.

    The voter didn't care about Attal. Just as they didn't care about the previous prime minister, whose name they've already forgotten. The voters vehemently don't want Macron. Not as a carcass, not as a scarecrow. Not as a president. Not as a politician. Not as "Zelensky's friend" and "von der Leyen's buddy."

    Macron is so unpopular that the French have transferred their hostility towards him to his wife. A week ago, when Brigitte Macron showed up at the funeral of the icon of the 60s music, the famous performer Françoise Hardy, she was booed so much that her bodyguards were forced to shield her from the public discontent.

    The rage of French voters would have remained their personal matter if the current head of state had not gotten himself up to his nostrils in a sanctions war with us, albeit under the auspices of the EU . Although he always had an example of Hungarian behavior before his nose . That is, Paris had a choice. And Paris did it in favor of escalating relations with us.

    In the same way, Macron had the opportunity to distance himself as much as possible from the Euro-Atlantic confrontation with us. He again acted contrary to common sense, agreeing to the point that he was ready to put the French nuclear arsenals at the disposal of Brussels , "if necessary."

    Without even mentioning the monstrous situation in the economy, where gas and electricity prices are rising almost every quarter, and without even mentioning the military aid to Kiev at the expense of its own security, let's say this.

    Macron's policies have deprived France of the main thing. The power of the state's word and its weight in foreign policy. When Russia was around, Paris was a powerful and extremely respected player on the geopolitical chessboard. By independently depriving himself of ties with Russia, cutting off all contacts, betraying our trust, Macron turned France into an entity that does not even have regional influence. Under Macron, Paris was kicked out not only from Afghanistan . And from almost all of West Africa . And in their own overseas territories, relative loyalty rests solely on army bayonets or enhanced police and gendarmerie patrols.

    The fact that Le Pen and Bardella removed Macron and Macronism like rags is not only their merit. This is also the will of ordinary citizens who are simply tired of Macron. Who want to live in peace. And who no longer want to be afraid to go out in the evening. Who are tired of the slogans of political correctness and “inclusivity”. Yes, and who have definitely forgotten what “Ukraine” is and why they should pay for the endless desires of Kyiv.

    And finally. Almost twenty years ago, at the European referendum, the French sent the EU and its constitution to hell. Now they have addressed the pan-European bloc in the same tone.

    The establishment has forgotten that if you look at democracy long enough, it can look back. And it will hurt no one. The first round of the French parliamentary elections demonstrated this very convincingly.

    https://ria.ru/20240630/marin_le_pen-1956521524.html
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    Post  JohninMK Mon Jul 01, 2024 11:58 am

    This is a cynical US take on the French election. Whilst this was written yesterday note that their forecast 'Operation Chaos' went into action on the ground overnight. These results are not supposed to be happening so the US will be doing what it can to neutralise them.


    Early Projections Show French Nationalists Poised for Big Gains – Macron Will Likely Now Deploy “Operation Chaos” for Second Round
    June 30, 2024 | Sundance | 183 Comments

    French President Emmanuel Macron has not outlasted every other EU leader without having a Pelosian cunning streak.  Macron knows exactly what he is doing, and undoubtedly USAID/CIA operative Samantha Power is there in the background helping him execute it.

    In the first round of the SNAP election, opposition leader Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party has made huge strides in becoming the predominant force in French politics.   The National Rally gains around 34% of the seats, the left-wing Alliance party gets 28% of the seats, and Macron’s centrist party will suffer major loses with only 20% of the seats.

    The top two candidates will now head to the second round, where Macron -who still has 3 years on his term- will deploy “operation chaos”.

    Macron will instruct his centrist seats, who lost, to organize their votes for the far-left socialists, thereby blocking the National Rally party from gaining a working majority.  Just like the radical leftists in the USA (Democrats), Macron’s followers will do exactly what they are told to do.

    [Remember the Alaska primary?]  This two-round approach was the insurance policy Macron had built into his call for the snap election.

    The Nationalists will act flummoxed, stunned, jaw-agape, just like good little French Republicans.  The French people will wonder what happened just like American conservatives.  Wash – Rinse- Repeat.

    The two-round election is similar to the “ranked choice” approach in Alaska.  Seat projections are estimates, because the voters for the losing centrist candidates now will have a choice between the far-left and far-right.  Macron will cut deals with the socialists and instruct his team to vote left.

    The far-right will stomp their feet like Republicans in Congress.  The National Rally party will demand reform like Republicans in Congress, and in the end, they will generally support the collective globalist goals of the Macron regime.  Again, just like Republicans in Congress.

    Watch.

    There are billions at stake.

    Macron isn’t stupid.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2024/06/30/early-projections-show-french-nationalists-posed-for-big-gains-macron-will-likely-now-deploy-operation-chaos-for-second-round/#more-261668

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    Post  kvs Mon Jul 01, 2024 12:43 pm

    The National Rally is not "far right". It is center-right. The lunatics herded by the fake stream media have shifted the Overton window to the left.
    The fake left floating on woke Sodomite degeneracy.

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    Post  George1 Mon Jul 01, 2024 2:07 pm

    kvs wrote:The National Rally is not "far right".   It is center-right.   The lunatics herded by the fake stream media have shifted the Overton window to the left.
    The fake left floating on woke Sodomite degeneracy.  


    i would describe it as "conservative right"

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    Post  Kiko Mon Jul 01, 2024 2:31 pm

    This is a cynical US take on the French election.

    No, what is a typical Yanqui cynical move is Manu's handing out French nukes for the EU.
    The first in deploying nukes in Europe was the US.
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    Post  flamming_python Mon Jul 01, 2024 5:17 pm

    Marine Le Pen won't do jack against US interests

    Her party will rally with Trump when he is elected, that's about it

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    Post  kvs Mon Jul 01, 2024 6:27 pm

    That's right, the west has a hate complex against Russia for the last 1000 years and this is not going to change.   The only value from
    the "far right" in U-rope is some moderate level of real-politique where there can be an accommodation with Russia if not friendship.   The
    current crop of decider stooges thinks it can destroy Russia by snapping its fingers.

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    Post  kvs Mon Jul 01, 2024 8:58 pm



    Even the French Communist Party is a neo-liberal project.

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    Post  Broski Mon Jul 01, 2024 9:10 pm

    kvs wrote:That's right, the west is has a hate complex against Russia for the last 1000 years and this is not going to change.   The only value from
    the "far right" in U-rope is some moderate level of real-politique where there can be an accommodation with Russia if not friendship.   The
    current crop of decider stooges thinks it can destroy Russia by snapping its fingers.


    They snapped their fingers like Thanos but the only thing that disappeared is half of their economy, embarrassing!

    As far as "pro-Russian" groups in Europe go, they don't really exist. Hopefully most Russians understand by now that no matter who rules over them, Europeans as a collective will always hate, fear and envy Russia (while seeking to mercilessly exploit her for their own gains). Don't get caught up in their petty politics.

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    Post  flamming_python Mon Jul 01, 2024 10:46 pm

    Broski wrote:They snapped their fingers like Thanos but the only thing that disappeared is half of their economy, embarrassing!

    As far as "pro-Russian" groups in Europe go, they don't really exist. Hopefully most Russians understand by now that no matter who rules over them, Europeans as a collective will always hate, fear and envy Russia (while seeking to mercilessly exploit her for their own gains). Don't get caught up in their petty politics.

    The pro-Russian parties in Europe, are the same as those parties that advocate ties with the rest of the world too; namely the far-left and anti-war parties. And only them. They're not big but they do exist.
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    Post  GarryB Mon Jul 01, 2024 11:36 pm

    The pro-Russian parties in Europe, are the same as those parties that advocate ties with the rest of the world too; namely the far-left and anti-war parties. And only them. They're not big but they do exist.

    The only people I have seen talking against war are two Irish MEPs and a few oddballs like Farage, and they are very careful to point out that they are for peace and do not in any way support Putin because obviously Putin is a monster... blah blah blah.

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    Post  JohninMK Wed Jul 03, 2024 7:27 pm

    Sadly the days of a polite and accepting hand over of power are long gone. The rewards of power are now so great that civic pride has been swept aside. Now no stone is left unturned to hold on.

    Marine Le Pen, the leader of the "National Rally" faction, accused President Macron of preparing an "administrative coup."

    "When I learned that four days before the second round of elections, the president is preparing to appoint a new head of the National Police tomorrow, even though he was supposed to stay until the end of the Olympic Games, as well as the director of the National Gendarmerie and replace dozens of prefects with the aim of preventing Jordan Bardella from governing the country, I considered this a form of administrative coup," she said on the air of France Inter radio.

    - ukraine_watch

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    Post  GarryB Thu Jul 04, 2024 5:04 am

    I am sure you are old enough to remember politics in the olden days... the mavericks and crazy guys were very sober and respectful compared with politicians today.

    The conversations were impersonal and ideas and stances were attacked rather than people.

    There was respect and there was no demand for everyone to think the way you did or else you are the enemy.

    Cooperation was possible and often used to get important things done that helped fix things and make things better.

    Now it is my way or no way.
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    Post  Kiko Sun Jul 07, 2024 2:06 pm

    How ‘Putin endorsed Le Pen’: Russiagate comes to France, by Tarik Cyril Amar, a historian from Germany working at Koç University, Istanbul, on Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe, the history of World War II, the cultural Cold War, and the politics of memory, 07.07.2024.

    If you thought the Western establishment was done shifting blame for its own fiascos, think again.

    It is perfectly predictable and yet a sorry spectacle every time it happens: the great big bad Russia panic whenever, and that’s frequently nowadays, Western liberals and Centrists are losing their grip.

    This time it’s the turn of France. With the far-right/right-populist National Rally (RN) under Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella succeeding at the polls as never before, French and other Western mainstream media are serving up the same stale old dish of fearmongering and, most importantly, blame shifting.

    Russiagate, or really Russia Rage (as in Road Rage), and its many copies, have been with us since Hillary Clinton and her cult were incapable of facing the fact that she lost the 2016 US presidential election because she is a dreadful person with no redeeming graces – and unlike her naturally gifted if shifty and immoral husband, a catastrophically incompetent politician. And like every good form of insanity, Russia Rage is absolutely immune to both falsification and its own record of failure, even as a piece of demagoguery. We know that the only real scandal about “Russiagate” was that it was a hoax, the result of massive exaggeration, outright lying, and all-round manipulation by Democratic party operatives and their media allies. We also know that it did not even work on its own dishonest terms.

    Russia Rage was, in American journalist Matt Taibbi’s words, an “epic disaster.” Indeed, if it had any political effect, then to ultimately help – not damage – its target, Donald Trump: Almost a decade after the inception of the “Russiagate” hoax, Trump is back, stronger than ever and set to capture the American presidency again. And this time, his organization and plans are much more elaborate and ambitious, and, just now, obliging conservative judges at the Supreme Court have also equipped him with almost perfect legal immunity.

    The other thing that Russia Rage did accomplish is, of course, to massively damage the credibility of US mainstream media. Not that they ever deserved any (ask the Iraqis, for instance, owners of non-existent WMDs and victims of an absolutely illegal and devastating war of aggression based on a big fat lie eagerly supported by those media). But Russia Rage brought the lying home in a way that woke up many Americans. By 2022, US media credibility was the lowest “among 46 nations, according to a study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.” One year before, “83 percent of Americans saw ‘fake news’ as a ‘problem,’ and 56 percent – mostly Republicans and independents – agreed that the media were “truly the enemy of the American people.”

    And yet, here we go again. In best Russia Rage style, the Washington Post, relying unquestioningly on French intelligence services and, of course, anonymous “sources,” is mapping out a whole “ecosystem” of Russian influence campaigns targeting, it maintains, the French election as well as the Olympics. And not only now but for about a year already. One wonders how those wicked Russians foresaw Macron’s bizarre decision to cap his EU Parliament election failure with a snap legislative election at home to make the fiasco complete. Or, perhaps, must we now assume that Macron is working for Russia as well? Who knows?

    The French paper of record Le Monde has been keeping up a steady, ominous drumbeat for months already, keeping its readers on edge with tales of Russian subversion and, always, of course, the National Rally as its tool. Perish the thought that this could have anything to do with the RN being the most popular and most dangerous challenger to the Macronist regime of extreme Centrism.

    Last June already, Le Monde, in essence, copied a report produced, literally, by a deputy from Macron’s party to go after the National Rally with allegations of being in cahoots with Moscow. At the same time, another piece sounded the alarm about poor France lacking preparedness for an “information war” and, again, fingered the RN, obviously. This February, the newspaper faithfully channeled the French DGST security and intelligence service, warning that – yes, you are guessed it right – the Russians were up to no good, seeking to “destabilize the European elections.” Well, in retrospect, the elections went just fine – no riots, no cheating, no “instability” – and a perfectly solid defeat for Macron.

    By now, with Macron’s silly early-election gamble is in a shambles, whatever the outcome of the second round on 7 July, Le Monde has reached a crescendo of Russia Rage with an article announcing that “the Russia of Putin has endorsed the National Rally.”  What really happened is that a post (not linked in the Le Monde article, and probably too “dangerous” to look at for its readers) on the X account of Russia’s Foreign Ministry showed a picture of a celebrating Marine Le Pen. And, to make that dreadful weapon of mass influence complete, there was a text as well, saying that France was seeing growing demand “for a sovereign foreign policy,” reflecting the country’s “national interests” and also for an end to “the diktat of the USA and the EU.” The French authorities, the post continued, “will not be able to ignore fundamental shifts in the attitudes of the preponderant majority of citizens.”

    Quibble if you wish, but personally I would not speak of “diktat” because EU elites love to submit voluntarily, in exchange for power, a career, and a sumptuous lifestyle. It’s not a diktat, it’s a sale. And that majority among the French may not be quite “preponderant” yet. But otherwise, frankly, where’s the lie? Of course, for stalwarts of the Macronist status quo, juxtaposing the message with a picture of Le Pen is a red rag.

    And let’s be fair, the picture is a message – but a very mild one. A subtle hint indeed, compared to the West’s habit, entirely taken for granted, of openly calling for “regime change” in Russia and welcoming even violence, assassinations, and terrorism in its pursuit. What the Russian Foreign Ministry has dared to signal is what everyone already knows: that the National Rally stands for a different foreign policy, one of seeking dialogue and compromise with Moscow. That is a perfectly legitimate position that French voters have a right to prefer without being smeared as traitors; and it is also perfectly legitimate for Russia to publicly recognize that fact.

    In short, Russia Rage is one of the few things that do not sound better in French. It’s still the same tired, lame, offensively silly procedure. It’s also very sad, almost tragic. Let’s assume – for the sake of argument – that all the allegations made in various Russia Rage stories and narratives were true, every single one. They are not, but let’s assume. See what happens? Nothing. Even if Russia were behind all of those “influence operations,” they simply would not matter. Or, at the very least, their so-called “influence” would be negligible. Because in politics, everything is relative. And by comparison with the abysmal failures of Western elites across all policy domains, from the economy to foreign policy, to security, none of what big bad Russia is alleged to have done remotely amounts to a game changer. The true influence operation that is bringing down Western status quo elites is their own failure. And in the EU, especially their failure to finally emancipate their countries from declining, unpredictable, and highly damaging overlords in Washington. Rage at that, for a change.

    https://www.rt.com/news/600581-france-election-russia-blame/

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    Post  kvs Sun Jul 07, 2024 2:38 pm

    What sham "democratic societies" make up the NATzO west. All it takes is to accuse someone and that is "proof" of guilt. This sort of nonsense is a litmus test for the true
    state of these societies. If anyone making a valid point can be demonized and cancelled, then there is no freedom and proper information space by definition. These societies
    are closer to dystopian fiction than they are to the just democracies they claim to be. The term "pluralism" is a total joke in the context of NATzO. There can be a billion parties
    all supposedly opposing each other, but in the final analysis they are like sock puppets of the same clowns running the show with the same agenda. You can see these sock puppets
    being deployed in Hungary and elsewhere to try to stop the rare event of a leader making it into power who is not a sock puppet. I have my doubts that Le Pen will be allowed to
    get real power in France. There will be some coalition deployed to stop her.

    In another post, I bemoaned the lack of proper coalition formation ability in a first past the post system. This is a situation where such a system could act to frustrate coalitions of
    the billing but the whole situation is a corrupt freak show to start with.

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    Post  Kiko Sun Jul 07, 2024 10:21 pm

    French prime minister to submit resignation, 07.07.2024.

    Gabriel Attal stressed that now the fate of France will be played "more than ever in the Parliament."

    After the second round of legislative elections in France, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announced that he will submit his resignation tomorrow to President Emmanuel Macron, but assured that he will continue "performing his functions as long as duty demands it."

    Attal pointed out that he "did not choose" the dissolution of the National Assembly by which elections were called, so he "refuses to submit to it." Likewise, the outgoing head of government considered that "tonight, no absolute majority can be led by the extremes [...] therefore, in accordance with the Republican tradition and in accordance with my principles, I will submit my resignation tomorrow morning".

    Attal's decision came despite the Elysee Palace's announcement that Macron would wait for the new National Assembly to be "structured" before "taking the necessary decisions." The prime minister insisted that, ahead of the Olympic Games that will be held in a few weeks in Paris, he will continue "exercising his functions as long as duty demands it."

    "I know that, in the light of tonight's results, many French people feel some uncertainty about the future, as there is no absolute majority. Our country is experiencing an unprecedented political situation and is preparing to welcome the whole world in a few weeks," Attal continued, stressing that now France's fate will be played "more than ever in Parliament."

    Likewise, from the steps of the Matignon, Attal congratulated the 577 newly elected deputies, assuring that all of them "represent the nation," and added that the Renaissance party, to which he belongs, obtained "three times more deputies than the estimates given at the beginning of this campaign."

    Yandex Translate from Spanish.

    https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/515276-primer-ministro-francia-presentara-dimision

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    Post  Kiko Sun Jul 07, 2024 11:48 pm

    France is finished, by Elena Karaeva for RiaNovosti. 07.07.2024.

    In the Parisian corridors of the deep state, which lives on the money of the globalist oligarchy, they know how to intrigue and destroy political opponents. This no longer requires arranging lavish weddings and slaughtering the Huguenots who came to them, as happened on St. Bartholomew's Day massacre half a millennium ago, but they still have the skills to eliminate the slightest threat in the form of a change of power.

    The second round of the snap parliamentary elections showed this in all its glory and volume. Knives, swords and daggers are no longer required. The Royal, sorry, Elysee Palace only needed to come to an agreement, albeit with the so-called opponents of Macron . Since reaching an agreement with the "National Rally", the political movement that led in the first round, was excluded, pro-government structures and the political strategists authorized by them colluded with the leftists. Of course, no one will ever call this political bargaining. In the glossary of the French establishment, this is called "leaving the race".

    A little clarification is needed here.

    Parliamentary elections are not regulated by the Constitution, but by electoral laws. Their main feature is that three candidates advance to the second round if they receive more than 12.5 percent of the votes. Of the 577 electoral districts, as a result of the undisputed leadership of candidates from the right-wing National Rally, in more than half of them, representatives of systemic parties came in second and third. To one degree or another, they wanted to enter into negotiations with the authorities. Which is what they did in a week. Voting, that is, when voters come to the ballot boxes and cast ballots, no longer had any meaning in such a configuration. Everything was decided between Macron, Attal and the alliance of left-wing forces that joined them. This entire company did not need the expression of the people's will, but the preservation of the existing system of oligarchic power in France.

    Jean-Luc Mélenchon , whom Emmanuel Macron called practically "a plague, the main threat to democracy" in mid-June, and the political association "Unbowed France" was considered a den of anti-Semitism, populism and extremism, entered into separate negotiations with those whose policies and reforms he had been carrying over all the bumps and tumbles for the previous seven years.

    The Socialists did exactly the same thing. And those pitiful remnants of the Republican party (former Gaullists) who wanted to sell themselves before the end of the date of consumption of the Macronists as political food.

    When it comes to maintaining power not only in the next three years of Macron’s mandate, but also about the future succession to the throne (Attal, who is resigning and only temporarily, perhaps, leaving the game, looks like the most suitable candidate for the next presidential elections by all parameters), absolutely all means are good and any promises go to the cash register.

    No, these are not "Xerox boxes", they work more subtly there. If the previous group of elites remains in power, they will have the budget and colossal administrative resources in their hands. From there, new pleasant appointments will come for those who betrayed the interests of their own voters, and there will also be an opportunity to place activists in various cushy positions in the private sector of the economy with no less impressive benefits.

    There is no doubt that Macron has mobilized all the resources at his disposal. He has called up the guard that brought him to power seven years ago and laid out the stakes of this game. Those who hold the economic levers of France understood perfectly well that Jordan Bardella, if the French were given the opportunity to speak out, would have become prime minister. And the gentlemen who stand behind the master of the Elysee Palace at all times would have big problems.

    There is also no doubt that the “Brussels people” were also aware of the collusion between the head of the country and his “political opponents” that was taking place before the eyes of the French.

    All the words about “republican ideals,” about loyalty to the values ​​of “egalité and fraternite” are just the lines of puppets who are pulled by strings at the right moment.

    The press, despite the official ban on campaigning, continued to publish the corresponding editorials on the eve of the election day. It was ordered to demonize the "National Union" as much as possible, which it obediently did.

    The last word that can be used to describe what happened on Sunday in France is "elections". Because elections presuppose the freedom to vote as you think is necessary and right.

    The French, who have long ago sold their "liberté" for a cup of coffee and a croissant, have received as a result an intriguing president who despises his own people, a half-dead parliament, the maintenance of which on a ventilator will be paid for out of their own pockets, and further impoverishment. Well, and an increasingly close military confrontation with us, since, of course, the militaristic support of Kiev will continue.

    In short, the French received the power they deserved.

    As for the fate of France itself, with such politicians and those who elected them, it is practically predetermined. A chronicle of the murder of a country, which everyone knew about in advance, but no one wanted to prevent this murder or even hinder it.

    https://ria.ru/20240707/frantsiya-1958102789.html

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    Post  flamming_python Mon Jul 08, 2024 12:32 am

    Don't want to hear all the cries about foul play and unfair electoral system anymore than in the British case.

    All the French have to do is stop voting for establishment parties. Whether it's one or whether it's another.

    But as it is they haven't taken Macron's warmongering seriously enough - which is the greatest threat to France's economy and France's security that there is - and instead, have given him a renewed mandate to proceed as he sees fit. Nice work.
    We here in Russia are ready regardless. Don't count on us bowing out, Parisians et al.

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