French racist Blairite Valls joins Macron’s party

This video from France says about itself:

11 October 2013

A French rights group has said it will lodge a formal legal complaint against the country’s interior minister for inciting racial hatred, after comments he made about Roma gypsies.

France’s interior minister then was Manuel Valls.

From the BBC:

25 September 2013

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls says he stands by remarks calling for the country’s Roma (Gypsies) to be expelled.

He said few Roma could ever integrate into French society and “the majority” should be sent “back to the borders“.

He has been criticised by human rights campaigners, the European Commission and one of his cabinet colleagues.

Amnesty International is calling for a ban on forced evictions of Roma people in France in a report out on Wednesday.

French President Hollande then did not sack Valls for his racism. Later, he promoted Valls to Prime Minister.

Valls is not just racist, but also an admirer of Tony Blair and his pro-Big Business anti-social policies. Valls proposed that the French Socialist Party should drop the name Socialist. Like Blair, he expected moving to the right would attract traditionally right-wing voters; while traditionally left-wing voters supposedly would not be able to go anywhere else, so would stay loyal. Like with Blair, practice proved Valls wrong.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Former Prime Minister Valls crosses over to Macron‘s En Marche!

Today, 08:21

French former Prime Minister Manuel Valls wants to move to the En Marche! party of president-elect Emmanuel Macron. Valls wants to be a candidate for En Marche! in the Essonne constituency.

Valls was still a candidate for the Parti Socialiste, the party of the departing president François Hollande, in the recent presidential elections.

Valls was a candidate in the Socialist Party primaries. Which he lost to more leftist Hamon. In the first round of the presidential election, most traditionally Socialist voters then did not vote for Hamon, but for still more leftist Mélenchon.

At the elections next month he wants to help Macron to get a majority in parliament.

The new French president must still approve Valls‘ candidacy.

It is not yet absolutely certain that Macron will do that. When Macron started En Marche! Valls cynically predicted it would fail. Macron may still remember now, after Vallsweathervane-like flip-flopping Damascene conversion. In December 2016, Macron called Valls a ‘traitor’. See also here. And Valls’ government was very impopular, so Valls may drive voters away from Macron rather than attracting them.

10 thoughts on “French racist Blairite Valls joins Macron’s party

  1. Tuesday 9th May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    NEOLIBERAL ex-minister Emmanuel Macron will be sworn in as France’s new president on Sunday following an election victory marked by record abstention.

    Final results showed that the former banker, whose En Marche! party was founded little more than a year ago, won 66 per cent of the vote over far-right National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen’s 34 per cent in last Sunday’s run-off.

    Turnout was just under 75 per cent, the lowest in 48 years.

    Some 12 million people did not vote, three million cast blank ballots and another million spoilt their ballots in protest.

    Many voters were repulsed by the choice between Mr Macron, who is expected to stick to outgoing President Francois Hollande’s unpopular policies, and Ms Le Pen, whose party has a long history of demonising Muslims and immigrants. Protesters clashed with police again on Sunday night as the Macron win was confirmed.

    Left-wing France Unbowed candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who did not endorse either candidate but urged “not one vote for Le Pen,” warned on Sunday night that Mr Macron would wage war on the poor.

    “The programme of the new monarch-style president is known already.

    “It is a war against the French social welfare system; and ecological irresponsibility,” he said.

    Other European leaders were relieved that the pro-EU Mr Macron had defeated the Eurosceptic Ms Le Pen.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “very happy” and claimed that the young French president bore the hopes of Europeans.


  2. Tuesday 9th May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    DEFEAT for Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election was the most important outcome, no matter how excitedly the forces of neoliberalism greet Emmanuel Macron’s victory.

    His posture as a political outsider, “neither left nor right,” will convince only those who still search the bottom of their garden expecting to find fairies.

    This Rothschild banker entered Francois Hollande’s government to spearhead the Socialist Party (PS) president’s assault on employment rights and working-class living standards.

    He bailed out last year to set up a new party to further that project once it was clear that Hollande had no chance of re-election.

    Macron’s post-election rhetoric, promising voters that his government will ensure that they don’t have to vote for extremes of left and right in future is sinister in equating the radical left with the Front National anti-semites and Islamophobes.

    Many voters who backed Jean-Luc Melenchon in the first round held their noses and cast their ballots for Macron in the second.

    For Macron to demean them as on a par with the fascists sheds light on his political approach.

    Record numbers of the electorate refused to choose — “ni facho, ni banquier” — in the second round, either staying away, handing in blank ballots or spoiling their papers.

    Indeed, the abstention rate in its variety attracted more support than Le Pen, leading Melenchon to comment that she had come third in a two-horse race.

    Macron has already changed the name of his En Marche (On the Move) party to Republique En Marche (Republic On the Move), while Le Pen is expected to rebrand the outfit founded by her father.

    She claims that her organisation will provide real opposition to Macron’s party in the June 11 and 18 parliamentary elections, which would suit big business and the European Union establishment down to the ground.

    The new president’s approach will follow in the wake of the Labour Law, known by its ministerial author Myriam El Khomri’s name, imposed last August without parliamentary scrutiny.

    It allows bosses to sack workers more easily, reduces overtime rates, cuts redundancy payments and, while not directly abolishing France’s 35-hour week legislation, permits employers to sidestep the law through local agreements, thus encouraging divideand-rule tactics.

    Le Pen has no interest in resisting the neoliberal onslaught unleashed by Macron and the mishmash of business representatives and politicians jumping ship from the sinking PS and similar time-expired rust buckets.

    Only the left can provide a real barrier to the old-politics-from-new-snake-oil-salesmen Republic On the Move and Le Pen’s rebranded purveyors of hatred and division.

    French Communist Party national secretary Pierre Laurent has declared that “a broad national, equitable and representative agreement, with a common banner that unites us all — France Unbowed, the Communist Party, Ensemble (Together), the Left Front — is necessary.”

    He insisted that the promise of a new left, “born in the ballot boxes on April 23,” be made a reality.

    In his post-election comments, Melenchon said that the programme of the “new presidential monarch” was already known, comprising war against the country’s social gains and ecological irresponsibility.

    He echoed Laurent’s unity appeal, urging all on the left to come together, pointing out that, for about 600,000 votes, “you were eliminated from the second round.”

    Principled left unity in the parliamentary election could yet enthuse the millions of voters who rejected the miserable scenarios unveiled by right and far-right in the presidential.


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