New French president Macron, old corruption, two resignations again

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20 June 2017

French Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard has announced her resignation over a fake jobs scandal on Tuesday. Goulard said she could not remain in the government while there was a possibility that she could be investigated over alleged misuse of expenses at the parliament.

Dear CGTN TV: Ms Goulard was not ‘Defense’ minister. See below.

Translated from Dutch daily Het Financieele Dagblad today:

Again, French ministers resign

Again two French ministers have resigned. This time, it is about Minister of Justice François Bayrou and Marielle de Sarnez, the Minister of European Affairs, French media report.

Both are prominent politicians of Modem, the party founded by Bayrou and the coalition partner of LREM, the party of president Emmanuel Macron. The resignation of both politicians means that in a short while now already four French ministers have gone. …

Earlier this week, a third Modem politician also resigned from her ministerial post. And in the beginning of this week, Macron offered his confederate Richard Ferrand, Minister of Territorial Cohesion, another job. The departure of the three Modem politicians is related to some recent scandals. …

Ferrand is involved in a real estate affair, which may lead to his prosecution. Ferrand now becomes the leader of the 350 MPs of Macrons party LREM (La République En Marche). To him the task of keeping the discipline in this faction, which for a significant part consists of newcomers in politics.

Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard also resigned this week. She is suspected of having members of her party serving as assistants of the European Parliament working not in Brussels but at the party office in Paris.

Dear Financieele Dagblad: Ms Goulard was not Minister of ‘Defense’. Macron had renamed her department from the euphemistic ‘Defense’ to ‘Armed Forces department’. Cynically, one might say it is an improvement that a ministry waging neocolonial wars all over the world no longer hypocritically claims these wars are ‘defense’. Though it would have been even less hypocritical to call it Ministry of Wars instead of ‘Armed Forces Ministry’.

According to Dutch NOS TV today (translated):

The irregularities [of the ministers of the new Macron government] were revealed by journalists, including the weekly magazine Le Canard Enchaîné and the radio channel France Inter. Minister Bayrou called the channel to accuse the journalists of inquisition methods. Prime Minister Philippe addressed him on that and spoke of abuse of his position.

The four resignations within a month are a setback for Emmanuel Macron, precisely because he had been elected promising change.

23 thoughts on “New French president Macron, old corruption, two resignations again

  1. Wednesday 28th June 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    THE newly elected French parliament began its first session yesterday, with communists warning that the new majority aims to destroy the country’s “social model.”

    President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move party won 308 of 577 seats in the lower house earlier this month — just 14 months after is foundation — with its Democratic Movement (Modem) ally taking another 42.

    MPs will get to work on legislating for increased police powers and attacks on workers’ protection from dismissal.

    The French Communist Party (PCF), following a weekend meeting of its national council, said in a statement that Mr Macron’s supporters in parliament “will support the immediate implementation of his projects to destroy the French social model.”

    It said the party would join “all struggles and rallies to force the head of state, his government, his legislative majority and the Medef [the French employers’ federation] to back down.”

    The statement said the recent presidential and parliamentary elections that brought Mr Macron to power had marked an “unprecedented alteration of the political landscape.”

    It pointed out that the candidates of the previously dominant parties, the Socialists and the Republicans, had both failed to reach the second round of this year’s presidential elections.

    Turnout in the run-off between Mr Macron and National Front leader Marine Le Pen also hit a historic low, which the PCF said showed the “rejection of the political practices and institutions that have been commandeered and locked down by the elite.

    “The very nature of the regime is shaken to the core, and the democratic, human and social freedoms and rights of our people are threatened,” the communists warned.

    But the PCF admitted that its failure to agree a joint electoral list with Jean-Luc Melenchon’s new left-wing France Unbowed (FI) party had contributed to its poor showing, with just 11 MPs elected as part of the United Left front.

    Communist MPs have suggested the creation of a “liaison committee” with the 17-strong FI group.

    The national council also announced an extraordinary congress next year to devise new strategies and organisational models.

    “We must reinvent our party to go forward in the 21st century,” it said, while building “a political structure that would represent the majority and include all of the forces of the left.”


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