Open Letter to “A Hated President”

Open Letter to “A Hated President”

François Ruffin, Deputy, La France insoumise

Published in Libération
26th November, 2018
Translation by TheEuropeans

In 2017, François Ruffin addressed a letter to Emmanuel Macron, describing the “hatred” that the French felt for him. More than a year later, the Deputy hammers in the message again: “What unites the Gilets jaunes [Yellow Vests] is the aversion you provoke.”

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Le Figaro Editorial

Le Figaro Editorial

Translation by The Europeans

4th December, 2018.

Counterpoint : These back-downs imposed by the street trivialize the presidency of Emmanuel Macron and demonstrate its vulnerability.

If, according to the wise formula of Pierre Mendès-France, “to govern is to choose”, then Emmanuel Macron and Édouard Philippe are no longer governing. For the three announced “moratoriums” were in no sense chosen: they were imposed, granted out of war-weariness and the absence of any other card to play to appease an anger that showed no signs of subsiding.

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“Yellow Vests : The Demonstration at Place de la Concorde Will Be Prohibited”

“Yellow Vests : The Demonstration at Place de la Concorde Will Be Prohibited”

En Direct — ‘Gilets jaunes’ : la manifestation place de la Concorde sera ‘interdite’
LE FIGARO/LIVE, 20th November 2018.
Tolls, roundabouts etc. Since the beginning of the yellow vests [gilets jaunes] movement on Saturday [17th November], blockages have continued everywhere in France, punctuated by violence and arrests.

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Macron Denounces the Populist “Leprosy” in Europe

Macron Denounces the Populist “Leprosy” in Europe

Macron dénonce «la lèpre» populiste en Europe LE FIGARO, 22nd June 2018. The countries of Central Europe will boycott the summit meeting on the migration crisis set for Sunday (24th June) in Brussels. One camp against another. In a virulent speech given on Thursday 21st June at Quimper [Brittany], Emmanuel Macron chose confrontation over consultation — with the populist governments now in power in the heart of Europe — in the struggle against “resurgent nationalism, and the closed borders advocated by some”, and those who “discard even [the right to] asylum”. Just a few days before a particularly tense mini-summit dedicated to migration, the Head of State appears to have wanted to kick off the campaign for next year’s European elections.

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Macron in Athens

Macron in Athens

2018-00-00 widgets.001What can one make of this speech of President Macron’s in Athens, on the 7th September? Clearing the bar of abject banality by no more than a whisker, it threatens to set a criterion for the next five years. One thing at least is clear: Macron is perfectly happy to make enemies of presidents Juncker and Tajani, of the European Commission and Parliament respectively, by threatening their prestige. And what should Mutti think? Had the speech been given on the floor of the Bundestag instead of al fresco in Athens, its Teutonic length would have been called into question even by the Empress of Europe.

Macron and Merkel appear to suffer from different strains of utopian delusion. Although at opposite ends of their political careers, both have had apotheosis cast upon them. We are in for a bruising time, then, as matriarch and upstart negotiate the paths of their respective, improbable, and dissonant agendas. Macron is for the siphoning of power from the member-nations into the super-nation, that is, from Berlin to Brussels. No can do. His proposals, as outlined in the speech, sound academic and corny at best: not the best marks of statesmanship.

The speech from the Pnyx is best taken, if taken at all, at a gallop. It is turgid and repetitive, rambling and at times incoherent, although by no means devoid of content. It has been translated by The Europeans from LREM’s transcript, with a clenched-teeth determination. Why? Because a ‘Macron baseline’ would be useful, if only to judge the development of his rhetoric over the next five years. Continue reading “Macron in Athens”

The Man In The Mirror

The Man In The Mirror

Emmanuel Macron is likely to be the winner by default in the second round of the French presidential elections on May 7th. When the Paris bourgeois-bohèmes look into the mirror, they see him — and vote accordingly. Promises to remember The Great Forgotten of globalisation are casual humbug…

FIGAROVOX : Populism is driven by the Forgotten. Their interests are a thousand miles from the pan-European and globalist project of Emmanuel Macron. Continue reading “The Man In The Mirror”