Earlier this week, racist Blairite ex-Prime Minister Valls announced he wanted to be a candidate for Macron’s party En Marche! (official name by now: La République En Marche). The next day, En Marche said they did not want Valls as their candidate. Not so surprising: Macron dislikes Valls, as also De Volkskrant notes. However, today another development in this saga. Valls will not be an official En Marche! candidate; but En Marche! will not have a candidate of their own in Valls’ constituency to oppose Valls.
One might call it positive that half the candidates are women. However, are all of Macron‘s women candidates really positive? One of them is 51-year-old Marie Sara. She used to be a bullfighter. Now she breeds bulls for fights and is director of a bullfighting arena. Ms Sara used to be a special type of bullfighter: a rejoneador. The task of a rejoneador is to kill the bull with a rejón de muerte (“lance of death”).
This reminds me of an opponent of Macron, French leftist presidential candidate Mélenchon, who stated there should be an amendment to the French constitution improving animal welfare.
This 29 March 2017 French video, with English subtitles, about Jean-Luc Mélenchon, says about itself:
MÉLENCHON – “ANIMALS ARE NOT THINGS“
Apart from bullfighting, Macron earlier showed he did not care much about the animals and plants of a nature reserve in the colony French Guiana, as he wanted an ecologically disastrous gold mine next door to it.
En Marche! made errors in announcing their candidates. They announced that ten people, including the chairman of Toulon rugby club, would be candidates. Soon, all ten said they were not En Marche! candidates. Also, ten people who are really candidates were omitted during the En Marche! press conference.
PROTESTS marked the opening of the San Fermin bull festival in northern Spain today as women’s groups wore black and purple scarves as a symbol of opposition to sexual violence. The world-famous event went ahead despite calls for it to be cancelled after five men were accused of raping a woman at the 2016 bull-run: here.