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(1) The French Working Class vote for Marine Le Pen & her radical Left policies (1st round)
(2) Globalist parties tactically withdraw to defeat Le Pen patriots (2nd round)
(3) Socialist Party withdrew candidates, supported Sarkozy to keep Le Pen out
(4) French Court Acquits Marine Le Pen of Hate Speech
(5) Dieudonné sentenced to 2 Months Jail in Belgium for Anti-Semitism
(6) Editor fined for saying France's highest court is 'a Rabbinical Court'

(1) The French Working Class vote for Marine Le Pen & her radical Left policies (1st round)

Euro regime is working like a charm for France's Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen swept 55pc of the working class vote, stealing the
Socialist base from under their noses with radical Left policies

Front National leader Marine Le Pen has ditched the free market view of
her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, embracing radical Left policies   Photo:

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

8:30PM GMT 07 Dec 2015

France is trapped in an economic slump that is hauntingly reminiscent of
the inter-war years from 1929 to 1936 under the Gold Standard. Each
tentative rebound proves to be a false dawn.

The unemployment rate has continued to climb since the Lehman crisis, in
stark contrast to Germany, Britain and the US. It jumped by 42,000 in
October to an 18-year high of 10. c.

The delayed political fuse has finally detonated. Marine Le Pen’s Front
National – these days a blend of nationalist-Right and welfare-Left –
swept half the communes of France in the first round of regional
elections over the weekend.

The Front won 55pc of voters classified as workers (ouvriers). The
Socialist Party was reduced to 15pc of what was once its core
constituency, and can no longer make any plausible claim to be the voice
of the French working class.

“Nothing has been done about unemployment despite all the promises.
Nobody has been listening to the distress,” said Professor Brigitte
Granville, from Queen Mary University of London.

Mrs Le Pen has filled the vacuum. She has abandoned the free-market
views of her father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, who once espoused
"Reaganomics" and vowed to shrink the state.

She is eating into the Socialist base from the Left, vowing to defend
the French welfare model against the “neo-liberals” and to defeat the
“dictatorship of the markets”. She calls globalisation the “law of the
jungle” that allows multinationals to play off cheap labour in China
against French labour

Her plans include a national industrial strategy that swats aside EU
competition law, as well as a cut in the retirement age to 60, and a
“realignment of taxation against capital and in favour of workers”.

Pierre Gattaz, head of the employers federation MEDEF, calls it a
radical agenda stolen from the Left that would destroy France. Yet it
clearly makes a heady brew for voters when mixed with nationalist
identity politics.

Mrs Le Pen once told The Telegraph that her first act in the Elysee
Palace would be to order the treasury to draw up plans for a restoration
of the French franc. “The euro ceases to exist the moment that France
leaves. What are they going to do about it, send in tanks?" she said.

Professor Jacques Sapir, from l'École des hautes études (EHESS) in
Paris, says the Front National made its biggest strides in regions that
have suffered the full force of de-industrialisation and the
“globalisation shock”.

Many of these areas are in the centre of the country, or in Burgundy and
Lorraine, or parts of Normandy and Picardy, that are not key
battlegrounds of France’s immigration and culture wars.

Prof Sapir said French industry is slowly being hollowed out. It is a
drip-drip effect of closures - typically hitting 150 or 200 workers at a
time – that slips below the radar screen of the national press. “These
are the regions of rural misery,” he said.

Prof Granville said there is no doubt that France’s problems are
home-grown. It is entangled in a thicket of unworkable laws. There are
383 taxes, of which 50 cost more to enforce than they yield. The labour
code is more than 3,000 pages, acting as a gale-force headwind against
job creation.

Yet monetary union has played its part, too. The eurozone’s twin
policies of fiscal and monetary contraction from 2011 to 2014 aborted
the recovery and led to a deep recession that went on long enough to
cause lasting economic damage through labour "hysteresis".

Prof Granville said there is another twist. France and Germany moved in
radically different directions after the launch of the euro. While Paris
introduced the 35-hour working week, Berlin pushed through the Hartz IV
wage squeeze and an internal devaluation within EMU - a
beggar-thy-neighbour strategy.

The result is that France has lost 20pc in labour cost competitiveness.
It had a current account surplus of 2.5pc of GDP at the start of the
last decade. It is now bleeding national wealth slowly - as is Britain,
for different reasons - with a cyclically-adjusted deficit of 1.5pc.

She compared it to the slow torture France endured in the early 1930s
under the Gold Standard, stoically accepting the "500 deflation decrees"
of premier Pierre Laval. The dam broke in 1936 with the election of
spurned outsiders, then the Front Populaire.

France cannot easily pursue an internal devaluation of its own in the
current zero-inflation climate because this would cause the debt ratio –
already 97.3pc of GDP - to spiral higher. It would, in any case,
perpetuate the slump.

Even in the current benign conditions of cheap oil and easy money, the
Bank of France says growth will be just 1.2pc this year and 1.4pc next
year, and the global cycle is ageing. “It is very hard to see how the
country can restore competitiveness within the strait-jacket of the
euro,” she said.

Simon Tilford, from the Centre for European Reform, said President
Francois Hollande is almost certain to ditch EU fiscal targets after the
weekend shock. “There is not going to any fiscal tightening before the
elections,” he said.

“The Germans are not going to press for it either. They are terrified of
doing anything that would further bolster Le Pen. They know she poses an
existential threat to the Franco-German axis,” he said.

France’s Leviathan state has ballooned to 57pc of GDP, a Nordic level
without Nordic labour flexibility and free markets. This bloated public
sector acted as stabilizing force during the Lehman crisis but is now
holding back recovery.

Little is being done about the underlying pathologies. The OECD says a
quarter of French aged 60-64 are in work – compared with 40pc for the
OECD average – chiefly because of early retirement incentives. They can
expect to live for 25 years after retiring, compared to 20 in the UK.
Public pensions gobble up 14pc of GDP.

Professor Charles Wyplosz, from Geneva University, said France is still
not ready to face the truth. “Hollande is a vintage 1970s socialist, and
the 2012 election was an exercise in day-dreaming,” he said.

“He never told voters there was a crisis on the way, and now has no
mandate to deal with that crisis. He is doing a little labour market
reform, [but] it’s a tiny fraction of what is needed.

“Everybody knows what has to be done. There have been hundreds of
reports written. But no politician has the stomach to do anything. The
political establishment has simply failed to rise to the occasion."

(2) Globalist parties tactically withdraw to defeat Le Pen patriots (2nd round)

World | Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:36am EST

French far-right fails to win any regions in upset for Le Pen

PARIS | By Ingrid Melander and Michel Rose

Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front did not win any region in
French elections on Sunday, in a setback to her hopes of being a serious
presidential contender in 2017.

The regional election run-off, in which the conservatives won seven
constituencies and the Socialists five, was no real victory for either
of these two mainstream parties, shaken by the far-right's growing
appeal to disillusioned voters.

Boosted by fears about security and immigration after the Islamist
militant attacks in Paris a month ago that killed 130 people, the
National Front (FN) had won more votes than any other party nationally
in last week's first round.

Although it won no region on Sunday after the Socialists pulled out of
its key target regions and urged their supporters to back the
conservatives of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, the FN still recorded
its best showing in its history.

"Tonight, there is no place for relief or triumphalism," Socialist Prime
Minister Manuel Valls said. "The danger posed by the far right has not
gone away; far from it."

Sarkozy struck a similar theme, calling the strong FN showing a "warning
sent to all politicians, ourselves included, in the first round".

"We now have to take the time for in-depth debates about what worries
the French, who expect strong and precise answers," he said, citing
Europe, unemployment, security and national identity issues.

Le Pen, who had hoped to use regional power as a springboard to boost
her chances in 2017 presidential elections, lost by a huge margin in
northern France on Sunday, where she led her party's ticket, attracting
42.8 percent of the votes in the run-off vs 57.2 percent for the


Long content with attracting protest votes, the FN has changed strategy
since Le Pen took the party over from her father Jean-Marie in 2011,
seeking to build a base of locally elected officials to target the top
levels of power.

But while it has been winning more and more votes in each election since
then, its isolation in France's politics means it cannot strike the
alliances it would need to win major constituencies. So it failed once
more on Sunday to turn growing popularity into power.

In the southeast, another FN target where Le Pen's niece Marion
Marechal-Le Pen was the FN's lead candidate, the conservatives scored
53.7 percent and the FN 46.2 percent, official results based on 84
percent of the votes said.

"There are victories that shame the winners," Marechal-Le Pen said,
slamming the Socialists' decision to pull out of the race for the
run-off. [...]

(3) Socialist Party withdrew candidates, supported Sarkozy to keep Le Pen out

Front National: France's broken political system fuelling the rise of
Marine Le Pen's far-right party

By Alice de la Chapelle

December 16, 2015 16:25 GMT

Front National's (FN) loss in the regional elections on 13 December
didn't just leave a bitter taste in Marine Le Pen's mouth. Despite
leading the polls after the first round of voting and obtaining 27.36%
of the vote nationally, the anti-immigration, anti-Europe, far-right
party failed to win a single region in the election.

Following the results of the first round, which was the best achieved by
the Front National in its history, the Socialist Party withdrew its
candidates in the north, where FN leader Marine Le Pen was the main
candidate, and in the south-east, where her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen
was running, urging its supporters to vote for former president Nicolas
Sarkozy's Republican party in a bid to keep the far right from getting
into power. The tactical move worked. Sarkozy's The Republicans and
centre-right allies took 57.5% of the votes in the northern region,
where Le Pen was standing, against her 42.5%.

Such tactical voting, coupled with the lack of representation for FN,
led to many in France to question how democratic the country's political
system is.

Same parties, same mistakes

When IBTimes UK spoke to residents in the French city of Lille, part of
the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region where Marine Le Pen lost, many
complained of disenchantment with the current political establishment.

"We always elect the same people, the same parties. It will go on and
on, always the same mistakes," said Agnès. "They keep their seats, their
salaries, their advantages, whilst not caring at all about our
interests," adds Michael. "Those are nice seats. And they want to keep
them. They have been there for such a long time," said Maurice.

"The politicians are telling us: 'We need professionals in politics'.
Let's do the assesment since the end of the Second World War until now.
Can we say that thanks to the professionalism of our politicians, our
top politicians, France is doing well? No, not at all, France is not
doing well," observed Raymond.

Political elite

The disillusionment with France's political system comes from the elite
background of many of the country's politicians, a world away from the
average French voter. Many study at the country's top universities
before attending l'école nationale d'administration, one of the world's
best graduate schools. 1980's Promotion Voltaire at l'ecole nationale
d'administration. Francois Hollande and Segolene Royal (third row-left)

Three of the last seven presidents (Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Jacques
Chirac and François Hollande) as well as seven of the last 12 prime
ministers (Michel Rocard, Edouard Balladur, Alain Juppé, Lionel Jospin,
Jacques Chirac, Laurent Fabius and Dominique de Villepin) came from this

The graduating class of 1980 alone was attended by French President
François Hollande, his former partner and onetime presidential candidate
Segolène Royal, and former Republican Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

With well-paying salaries, on average of ?154k (£112k), many French
politicians also stick around for a long time, even after suffering a
major loss.

It all means that despite how people vote, the same faces end up in
power again and again. François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy faced off
as rival presidential candidates during the election of 2012, but first
debated each other on television nationally 21 years before that.

Sarkozy lost his re-election in 2012, but is now leader of the
Republican party again. Running against Hollande, whose approval ratings
are the lowest for any French president in 50 years, Sarkozy is
currently the favourite to win the presidency in 2017. Nicolas Sarkozy
is the favourite for the Presidential elections in 2017 (Getty)

With the same unpopular politicians dominating the political landscape,
more and more people are being drawn to outsiders like Marine Le Pen's
Front National.

Change on the horizon

After Le Pen's loss in the regional elections in the northern region,
her supporters told IBTimes UK they strongly believed she was the only
one to bring change to France.

"We are behind her for the presidential election now. She will be
President," said one. "It will change. People will change and understand
eventually that it's not possible any longer. One time, Socialists, one
time, Republicans, and together they block us," another added.

"She is the only one who can bring change. Because the other parties,
well, we've seen what they are capable of," noted another.

Last year an opinion poll showed that 62% of French people are in favour
of a new political and electoral system that would give less power to
the President and more to the Parliament. Whilst this is unlikely, both
supporters of Marine Le Pen and the general public agree a drastic
change is needed in French politics.

(4) French Court Acquits Marine Le Pen of Hate Speech


PARIS — A French court on Tuesday acquitted the far-right leader Marine
Le Pen of charges that she incited religious hatred against Muslims with
comments made in 2010.

Ms. Le Pen, now the president of the National Front party, was on trial
for comparing Muslims praying in the street to the German occupation of
France during World War II at a rally in Lyon, comments that prompted
anti-racism and Muslim-rights groups to file complaints.

She was facing a fine of 45,000 euros, or about $50,000, and a sentence
of up to a year in prison.

But judges in Lyon, in southeastern France, followed the state
prosecutor’s recommendation that Ms. Le Pen be acquitted of charges of
“inciting discrimination, violence or hatred toward a group of people
based on their religious beliefs.”

During the trial held in October, the state prosecutor, Bernard Reynaud,
argued that Ms. Le Pen was only exercising her right to free speech
because she was not targeting all Muslims in France, only a portion of them.

Ms. Le Pen reacted to the ruling with a post on her official Twitter
account. “Five years of aspersions, one acquittal… And now how many
slanderers will apologize?” she wrote.

Ms. Le Pen was campaigning for control of the National Front when she
made the comments about Muslims praying in the streets, which was mostly
the result of insufficient mosque space, at the 2010 rally in Lyon.

“If you want to talk about the occupation, let’s talk about that, by the
way, because here we are talking about the occupation of our space,” she
said during the rally. “It’s an occupation of entire stretches of
territory, of neighborhoods where religious law is applied. This is an
occupation. Sure, there are no armored vehicles, no soldiers, but it’s
still an occupation, and it weighs on the inhabitants.”

Ms. Le Pen ultimately won the National Front’s presidency, and has
striven ever since to shed the party’s anti-Semitic and racist legacy
left by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, one of its founders. The party
expelled Mr. Le Pen in August.

The National Front failed to win any contests in the second and final
round of regional elections held on Sunday, but its anti-immigrant,
anti-European Union and anti-Muslim positions have still garnered strong
support from a segment of the French electorate.

Ms. Le Pen used the trial, held just six weeks before the first round of
the elections, as a platform to defend those positions, describing her
2010 comments as an “exhortation to respect the law” on behalf of “those
who have been abandoned, the forgotten ones.”

Matthieu Hénon, a lawyer for the Movement Against Racism and for
Friendship between Peoples, one of the groups that filed a complaint,
said by telephone that he was surprised by the court’s ruling Tuesday.

“The court’s reasoning was that Marine Le Pen’s comments did not target
the Muslim community as a whole,” Mr. Hénon said. “But we believe that
comparing the German occupation with Muslims who are forced to pray in
the street incites fear, incites hatred.”

The Collective Against Islamophobia in France, another group that had
filed a complaint against Ms. Le Pen, said in a statement that it was
studying the ruling and considering its next steps. The plaintiffs have
10 days to appeal the judges’ decision.

“This acquittal shows, once again, the legitimization and normalization
of Islamophobia and of the hate speech that conveys it,” the
organization said in the statement.

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A version of this article appears in print on December 16, 2015, on page
A6 of the New York edition with the headline: World Briefing | Europe;
France: Court Acquits Le Pen of Inciting Hatred.

(5) Dieudonné sentenced to 2 Months Jail in Belgium for Anti-Semitism

Dieudonné Sentenced to 2 Months in Gaol in Belgium for Anti-Semitism:

Will his ‘Peace’ Concert go ahead?

Brussels (AFP) – A Belgian court sentenced controversial French comedian
Dieudonne Wednesday to two months in jail for incitement to hatred over
alleged racist and anti-Semitic comments he made during a show in
Belgium, a lawyer said.

     Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who has faced similar court cases in
France, was also fined 9,000 euros ($9,500) by the court in the eastern
city of Liege, said Eric Lemmens, a lawyer for Belgium’s Jewish

     He was not in court for the verdict.

     The judgement “says that all the accusations against Dieudonne were
established — both incitement to hatred and hate speech but also
Holocaust denial” relating to a show in Liege in 2012, Lemmens told AFP.

     “For me this is more than satisfying, this is a major victory,” he

     Earlier this month the European Court of Human Rights ruled against
Dieudonne in a separate case, deciding that freedom of speech did not
protect “racist and anti-Semitic performances”.

     Dieudonne was protesting a fine he received from a French court in
2009 for inviting a Holocaust-denier on stage. He was fined 10,000 euros
($11,000) for what that court referred to as “racist insults”.

     In March, a French court also handed Dieudonne a two months
suspended sentence and fined him heavily for anti-Semitic remarks after
he caused uproar by suggesting he sympathised with the attacks against
satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

     “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” he wrote on Facebook, a play on
the slogan “Je suis Charlie” that became a global rallying cry against
extremism and Amedy Coulibaly, one of the attackers.

     The performer, who made his name in a double act with Jewish
comedian Elie Semoun, is infamous for his trademark “quenelle” hand
gesture that looks like an inverted Nazi salute but which he insists is
merely anti-establishment.

     French courts have hauled him up over a string of comments which
opponents say are bluntly racist while supporters champion his right to
free speech.

     Dieudonne, who can appeal the decision, was not immediately
reachable for comment.

Le Monde gives recent background, including other convictions for
anti-semitism and his expulsion from his theatrical base at Saint-Denis.

“In July 2008, Jean-Marie Le Pen became godfather to Dieudonné’s third
child. Philippe Laguérie, a traditionalist Catholic priest, officiated
at the baptism, which was held in the Saint-Éloi congregation in

On 26 December 2008, at an event at the Parc de la Villette in Paris,
Dieudonné awarded the Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson an “insolent
outcast” prize [prix de l’infréquentabilité et de l’insolence]. The
award was presented by one of Dieudonné’s assistants, Jacky, dressed in
a concentration camp uniform with a yellow badge. This caused a
scandal[60] and earned him his sixth court conviction to date. On 29
January 2009, he celebrated the 80th birthday of Faurisson in his
theater, in the midst of a representative gathering of Holocaust
deniers, right-wing radicals, and radical Shiites.[61] Dieudonné and
Faurisson further appeared together in a video making fun of the
Holocaust and its commemoration.”

Dieudonné remains popular amongst a wide range of people.

Some, including the writer of this Blog, do not think that the law is
the best way to deal with him or his admirers’ racism.

Whether his participation in this Concert for Peace will go ahead is

(6) Editor fined for saying France's highest court is 'a Rabbinical Court'

Editor: French live under full Jewish Tyrany

Posted on November 29, 2015

On November 24, 2015, a Paris court of appeal doubled a fine, 4000
Euros, levied against Fabrice Bourban, editor Le journal Rivarol for
inciting hatred toward Jews.

Last year, the French Jewish Lobby CRIF accused Bourban for posting an
article, entitled, The unacceptable Jewish thought police, in which he
criticized French government-run highest judicial authority, Council of
State, for denying ‘freedom of speech’ rights to French comedian
Dieudonne M’bala M’bala. He called the Council of State as a Rabbinical
Court, and claimed that French people were living under full Jewish tyranny.

Was Fabrice Bourban wrong? Are French authors Paul-Eric Blanrue and
Alain Soral wrong for agreeing with Fabrice Bourban over Jewish power
which controls not only France but also the rest of the Western world?

On March 19, 2014, then French interior minister and current prime
minister Manuel Valls (married to a Jewish woman) told a Jewish
gathering attended by French Jewish Defense League members and Sarkozy’s
friend Bernard-Henri Levy: “The Jews of France are more than ever at the
vanguard of the Republic.”

Bernard-Henri Levi, an Israeli handler, ran anti-Qaddafi, anti-Assad
campaign, and fabricated Sakineh scandal against Ahmadinejad, and
published anti-Pakistan articles in support of Indian insurgency in 1970.

French Jews make less than 1% of country’s population, but control all
three political parties. Half of country’s 500 millionaires are Jewish.
The mainstream media including the anti-Muslim Charlie Hebdo is owned by

France has its own ADL aka International League Against Racism and
Antisemitism (LICRA) which acts as “thought control Mafia”.

Peter Myers