French president Macron attacks democratic rights

This video says about itself:

One Year After Paris Attacks, France Moving Towards Permanent State of Emergency

17 November 2016

French human rights and civil liberties activist Yasser Louati says extreme measures of mass surveillance targeting Muslims are not effective in deterring terrorism.

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant:

Macron‘s new anti-terrorist law causes protests: ‘Freedom of citizens is affected’

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations have protested against French president Macron‘s a new anti-terrorist law. Macron wants to cancel the state of emergency on 1 November, but wants to transfer parts of it to normal law. For example, the freedom of movement of a suspect can be restricted without prior permission from a judge.

By Peter Giesen July 2, 2017, 9:25 PM

‘An unacceptable transfusion of the state of emergency to ordinary law’, jurist Paul Cassia judged. “The freedom of citizens can be affected on the basis of simple suspicion.” …

These are people who can not be addressed by criminal law because there are insufficient elements justifying a judicial inquiry. …

However, according to Amnesty International, many people have been wrongly given house arrest. Since November 2015, this measure has been imposed on 612 people, of whom 66 still are on house arrest now. In no case anyone has been accused of terrorism, according to Amnesty.

However, spectacular misses have become known. Thus Halim Abdelmalek received house arrest because he was supposed to have taken photographs of Riss, the chief editor of Charlie Hebdo. In fact, he spoke in his phone after visiting his mother who lived in the same complex.

Because it is almost always Muslims who are the victims of such mistakes, too stringent anti-terrorism measures can be experienced as discriminatory, said Jacques Toubon, the défenseur de droits, a sort of ombudsman. Consequently, national cohesion is endangered, Toubon said. …

However, the CNCDH Human Rights Commission speaks of a “permanent state of emergency”.

French State of the Union: ‘monarchical theater play’?

President Macron will today pronounce a French variant of the US State of the Union. To this end he convened Congress in Versailles, the joint assembly of the National Assembly and the Senate. Macron has hinted that he wants to make this an annual tradition.

The convening of Congress is heavily criticized by the opposition, which believes that the French president is increasingly assuming monarchical pretensions. The radical left-wing La France Insoumise of Jean-Luc Mélenchon will boycott Congress. “I do not feel like going to Versailles to listen to the Sun King,” said MP François Ruffin.

The right-wing Republicans will come, but are very critical. “Congress must come together to debate constitutional reforms, not to improve the image of the president,” said Damien Abad.

The French State of the Union replaces the television interview with the president on July 14, a tradition established by Giscard d’Estaing in the 1970s. According to Macron‘s entourage, the president’s mindset is “too complex” for a question and answer game with a journalist. However, critics believe that he does not like critical questions and prefers a quasi-monarchical theater play amidst the splendor of Versailles.

The Versailles palace was built when France was an absolute monarchy, making it possible for the king to be away from critical people in the capital Paris.

11 thoughts on “French president Macron attacks democratic rights

  1. During War time liberties have to be restricted. We are on war with the IS. We are on war in Iraq and Syria. We bom them, we train militia to fight them. We kill their leaders. So Is start the war here. You can’t win the war if you let selfdecalred enemies move freely till they decided to strike. Then yo are to late. Life during wartime:


    • Thank you for the music video link.

      However, I have serious questions here. Please don’t ever refer to ISIS, ISIL or Daesh as ‘IS’. That means ‘Islamic State’. They are neither Islamic nor a state.

      ‘IS start the war here’. No, the ‘war on terror’ is a phony war by George W Bush, Tony Blair and their successors to grab oil abroad and undermine civil liberties at home. Naomi Klein in her book The Shock Doctrine have pointed out how the capitalist establishment sometimes uses, sometimes deliberately creates all sorts of crises, from Hurricane Katrina in the USA, to Grenfell Tower in London (which may be used to deport the survivors from London, demolish Grenfell Tower and put a building for rich people in its place).

      ISIS is the result of George W Bush’s and Tony Blair’s war on Iraq.

      Most ‘ISIS’ attacks in Europe and the USA are by people who drink alcohol, eat pork, never go to a mosque etc. but get mental health problems, problems at work, drug addiction, divorce etc, and then start killing people. Eg, the Nice truck attack:

      and the Orlando massacre by a self-hating gay person:

      And after their deaths, hey, presto! ISIS suddenly claims they were ‘ISIS soldiers’.

      If a white non-Muslim commits similar crimes, then the corporate media don’t call him ‘terrorist’.

      Now, the state of emergency in France. The article points out that over 600 people have gotten house arrest. NOT ONE OF THEM turned out to be a terrorist. The house arrests hit, eg, a Muslim who had phoned his mother, as the article says. And many pro-environment activists who wanted to demonstrate in Paris, but that demonstration was banned:

      Likewise, in Hamburg pro-environment demonstrations are banned now during the G20 summit.

      And trade unionists who had wanted to demonstrate against the French government’s anti-worker ‘reforms’:

      The (French) banking world, millionaire Macron’s previous job, already long ago had plans to move away from democracy to dictatorship:

      ‘ISIS’ attacks merely serve as pretexts for these anti-democratic plans.


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