French Sacre Bleu and the rise of the far right

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Macron gambles on snap election after European defeat

President Emmanuel Macron has called snap parliamentary elections later this month in the wake of a big victory for his rival Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in the European Parliament vote.

The far-right party is on course to win 32% of the vote, exit polls say, more than twice that of the president’s Renaissance party.

Announcing the dissolution of parliament, he said the two rounds of voting would take place on 30 June and 7 July, a few weeks before the Paris Olympics.

Mr Macron made the dramatic and surprise decision in a televised address from the Élysée Palace an hour after voting closed and exit polls had been declared in France’s EU elections.

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His decision came not long after National Rally’s 28-year-old leader, Jordan Bardella, openly called on the president to call parliamentary elections.

“I have heard your message,” the president told French voters, “and I will not let it go without a response.”

“France needs a clear majority in serenity and harmony,” he said, adding that he could not resign himself to the far-right’s progress “everywhere in the continent”.

Now barely two years into his second term as president, Mr Macron already lacks a majority in the French parliament, and though this European vote in theory has no bearing on national politics, he clearly decided that continuing his mandate without a new popular consultation would place too much of a strain on the system.

The Far Right continue to make enormous  gains in Europe as the cultural war backlash against woke extremism and a sense that the elites are looking after their welfare while the rest of us suffer has become a political weapon utilised by the Right while the Left continue simply cancelling anyone they disagree with.

Fareed Zakaria argues that this is in part driven by rapid secularisation in the West not being replaced by values that bond…

As Fareed outlines in his new book, “Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present,” rapid secularization has been among the most significant social trends in America in recent decades. As religion recedes—and as strict doctrine becomes less prevalent within it—politics have stepped in to fill the void, Fareedsays: nationalist, populist, authoritarian politics, specifically.

Liberal democracy and modern life have given people freedom, wealth, and technology. For some, that’s not enough to take the place of what religion used to provide, Fareed says—and replacing it with politics is dangerous.

…the Left have not managed to change the neoliberal economic settings in Western Democracies and instead have devolved into Identity Politic  posturing which empowers those personalities doing the virtue signalling while driving white men into the arms of the Right.

France’s lurch to the far right is a cultural identity knee jerk because when all you have is identity as your value, solidarity goes out the door.

This splintering of the political spectrum will become more and more extreme, and it is why ACT in NZ can attempt 15% with s straight face.

The Western Left have nothing to offer other than a cancellation for not agreeing with woke dogma, this trend has been exacerbated by social media hate algorithms and a lack of actual Left wing economic gains.

Where France goes, the rest of us follow.

 

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  1. “The Western Left have nothing to offer other than a cancellation for not agreeing with woke dogma, this trend has been exacerbated by social media hate algorithms and a lack of actual Left wing economic gains.”

    Dear Left Wing NZ,
    Read the above comment and learn from it, you can be better, but you can’t be Neo-liberal & better, no matter how “kind” you are.

  2. We have a white dominated country that are disgusted by being called pakeha! They advocate for immigrants that they believe will be there buffer against Maori aspirations not realizing that the Indians quadruples most population globally. Maori are familiar to being marginalized and race baited against the last election is proof of this political bigotry. Its hard to combat far-right remember this isn’t just a white anomaly its a problem with india and precedes the Modi govt. Europe has a problem with muslims, immigrants also but forget that european powers are partly responsible for these social pressures.

    • I think you are generalising too much Stephen. It is unwise to ignore those who are trying a different path. Your ‘we’ is unfair to many and passes by all the inter-racial work that has been done on all sides. and requires a never-ending spirit being such a common fault as you point out.
      Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
      2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing…
      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%2013%3A1-3&version=KJV

  3. Immigration
    Immigration
    Immigration
    No other reason, yes the ‘experts’ can give flowery reports and equally in-depth analysis about it all, ask the average man and woman on the street….Immigration…immigration… immigration.
    Europe took in too many immigrants, in too small a time…it’s failed.
    Even German chancellor Merkel admits it was a huge mistake for Germany and she got it wrong.

  4. The perception is that the established governments of Europe are allowing too many African and Middle East migrants to flow unchecked into their countries. Too many of these migrants are bringing Islam with them and while liberals may eschew Christianity conservative Europeans don’t

  5. I really fail to see what is supposed to be ‘far right’ about the former National Front. They certainly do have some very unpleasant policies of promoting hatred for Muslims and support for zionism, but no more than Macron. The vice president of the party is jewish, the former stand-in President Steeve Briois is a homosexual as are most of the rest of Marine le Pen’s cronies, so a pretty odd group of ‘nazis’.

    I’m not saying that they’d be any better than Macron- while they claim to be less imperialist and more economically nationalist, that would no doubt be dropped if they got into power as Marine le Pen is a powerhungry psycho like Giorgia Meloni. But they’re unlikely to be any worse.

  6. WORLD WAR 3 IS COMMING ONCE THE FAR RIGHT GAIN MORE CONTROL.We will send our grand kids ,Maori ,disabled ,unemployed ,and anyone deemed to have been saved from death by covid under Jacindas government .We will do this under AUKUS but we have no planes to fly anyone or amo for our guns so we will need to ship them as deck cargo on an atomic submarine .

  7. A giant global recession in a few months. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s simply letting the far right deal with it and fail

  8. I found the 2002 election in France interesting. Immigration and Le Pen were visible then.
    https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/monitor/3-2002-electoral-democratic-crisis-lessons-of-the-presidential-election

    The Two-Round system should be noted as possibly useful.
    https://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/voting-systems/types-of-voting-system/two-round-system/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/04/23/this-chart-shows-how-the-french-election-is-a-break-from-the-past/

    Some study on French politics.
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/4148054 :
    Party, Ideology, and Vote Intentions: Dynamics from the 2002 French Electoral Panel
    Éric Bélanger, Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Jean Chiche and Vincent Tiberj
    Political Research Quarterly
    Vol. 59, No. 4 (Dec., 2006), pp. 503-515 (13 pages)
    Published By: Sage Publications, Inc.

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