This 10 August 2017 video is about bee-eaters in the Parc Naturel Régional de la Brenne in France.
The video is by brenneberry.
This 10 August 2017 video is about bee-eaters in the Parc Naturel Régional de la Brenne in France.
The video is by brenneberry.
This video says about itself:
7 August 2017
FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has hit an all time low, a recent poll has revealed.
According to a YouGov poll of people in France, published on 3 August 2017, only 36% like the policies of recently elected President Macron; 49% dislike them. This is historically low for a newly elected French president. Usually, there is a ‘honeymoon’ period when new presidents are popular.
French politicologist Jérôme Fourquet says these figures show there is a big conflict between the people and Macron’s austerity policies. Public employees’ wages are frozen. Taxes for pensioners are going up.
Macron is compared to seventeenth century absolute monarch Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’. Louis XIV, and kings before and after him, were married to queens with official government status which also cost the taxpayers much. And Louis XIV, and kings before and after him, besides queens, also had mistresses. These mistresses also had official status as the kings’ ‘maîtresses-en-titre‘, and also cost the taxpayers lots of money.
Contrary to First Ladies in the USA, presidents’ wives in France do not have official status. Let alone presidents’ mistresses.
Macron, as far as I know, has no plans to make taxpayers pay for his mistresses. But he did have a plan to make taxpayers pay for his wife Brigitte. Ms Macron already has her own office in the presidential palace, with two advisers, two secretaries, and ‘security’ ‘gorillas’. Earlier French First Ladies got 450,000 euros a year for that from the presidential palace budget. Spouses of British Prime Ministers or German Federal Chancellors do not even get that, they get nothing.
However, Macron planned to have a separate budget for Brigitte. The French constitution would have to be changed for that.
That plan caused much anger in France. Within two weeks over 270,000 people signed a petition against taxpayers having to pay for a separate, probably much bigger, budget for Ms Macron. Macron supporters started a petition in favour of the president’s First Lady plan: it got only 8,000 signatures.
Today, after seeing how complex it is to change the constitution for one’s spouse and how much opposition there is, Macron ditched the plan.
This video says about itself:
“Refugees are part of our DNA” / “Les réfugiés font partie de notre ADN” 👉🏽 Emmanuel Macron
22 March 2017
However, now, four months later, Macron is no longer a candidate, but the president. Macron now attacks whom he then called part of the French DNA. Putting into practice part of Marine Le Pen’s ideas. So, that at a next election, Ms Le Pen or another far right candidate may say: ‘We are the original. Macron is a copy. Vote for the original’.
By Athiyan Silva in France:
Macron announces stepped-up attacks on immigrants in France
25 July 2017
The plan further tightens control of migratory flows in France and Europe. It creates special task forces, intensifies controls in the Mediterranean, reinforces the European border agency Frontex, and increases control capacities in “hot spot” detention camps. It imposes a six-month as opposed to 14-month deadline for the examination of asylum seekers’ cases by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) and the National court of Asylum (CNDA).
This makes clear that the policy of Macron, the former economy minister in President François Hollande’s Socialist Party (PS) government, is in direct continuity with the brutal anti-immigrant policies of the PS. Millions of refugees and immigrants are desperately seeking to escape imperialist wars devastating Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, in which the European powers participated alongside the US government for over a quarter century.
According to the UN migration agency report, at least 1,530 refugees died while trying to cross the Mediterranean this year. More than 5,100 refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean in 2016. The refugees able to reach European soil confront even more repression from reactionary European governments and appalling living conditions.
During the presidential campaign, Macron presented himself as a more enlightened candidate, notably declaring that France’s colonial rule over Algeria was a “crime against humanity”. The media and the political establishment used these statements to contrast his positions with the openly pro-colonial positions of the neo-fascist National Front (FN).
In fact, Macron is intensifying the brutal anti-immigrant policies of the PS, which sent riot police to brutally attack and destroy the so-called “Jungle” refugee camp with over 3,000 immigrants in northern France, at Calais. The PS also shut down a refugee camp in the Stalingrad area in Paris. In neither case did the PS provide the refugees who were thrown onto the street with proper accommodations or residency visas.
Thousands of people, including women and children, have been living in appalling conditions in Paris on sidewalks next to traffic-choked streets and under elevated train bridges and highway overpasses in the Porte de la Chapelle district of Paris. That camp was forcibly evacuated by the security forces earlier this month, under Macron’s authority.
Refugees trapped in legal limbo in France have spoken out to the press about the horrific conditions they face. One former Somalian veterinary student said, “I’m exhausted from living on the street. I’m so tired and hungry, but you just have to be patient.”
An Afghan youth said, “It has been two months sleeping under a motorway bridge with little water, not much food, some fights between different groups here. You never really sleep. I would queue every day but there was no hope getting into the aid center here. We’re humans, we’re not animals.”
Ali, 29 years old, a teacher from Aleppo, Syria said, “I wanted to live like a human being. I stayed in Syria for four years under the war while things got worse and worse.”
Most refugees escaping war and state repression are simply rejected by the OFPRA. Then, they have to re-appeal to CNDA. For this process, refugees must prepare a lawyer and translate their documents into French. Vulnerable refugees who are living in the streets without any income do not have the thousands of euros that must be spent to carry out this process.
According to the OFPRA, more than 85,244 asylum seekers applied to the OFPRA in 2016. 58,635 were rejected and approximately 27,000 were accepted.
France does not grant refugee status to the small minority of refugees it allows into the country based on considerations of human rights and fundamental democratic rights. Rather, they are chosen based on whether they are highly lucrative for capitalist exploitation. The vast majority of refugees end up working in restaurants, small shops, in construction, cleaning, or working odd jobs for low wages with long hours.
The condition of refugees who do not receive refugee status is even worse, as they are forced to accept all kinds of low-paying, illegal jobs. They get a daily salary of 30 to 50 euros for long hours and no official pay sheets. They are often cheated by the employers, who then refuse to pay their salaries, knowing they cannot complain to the police. Some of them beg in the streets and railway stations. At the same time, they live in fear that they will be deported by authorities back to their war-torn home countries.
Attacks on refugees and immigrants in the advanced countries are an international phenomenon. In the United states and Europe, the political establishment targets the most impoverished and vulnerable refugees in order to divide the working class with anti-immigrant agitation. They use immigrants as scapegoats for the slashing of social benefits and in imposing austerity measures against the working class.
Macron’s immigrant action plan uses this reactionary strategy, trying to whip up anti-immigrant sentiment to divert anger over social conditions in France that he is set to worsen with his attacks on labor rights and his legislation imposing a permanent state of emergency. Recently, Macron described the French immigration system as “completely overwhelmed.”
This is a clear warning, not only to refugees and immigrants, but also to the entire working class in France and Europe. Macron, working closely with Berlin and the European Union, will only continue and intensify the attacks on democratic rights and the repression of refugees and immigrants.
This cartoon shows French President Macron, doubting whether he should pose as general, World War II resistance leader and President Charles de Gaulle; as Emperor Napoleon I; or as Saint Joan of Arc. The cartoon does not even mention ‘sun king’ Louis XIV. It does show Ms Macron.
General Pierre de Villiers, the chief of staff of the French armed forces, resigned yesterday after a week-long public conflict with President Emmanuel Macron over the defence budget. … His brother is Philippe de Villiers, the leader of a right-wing nationalist and anti-European Union (EU) party based in the Vendée region, the Rally for France (RPF), who indicated his sympathies for Marine Le Pen in the presidential elections this year.: here.
By Alex Alfruns:
15 Jul 2017
Block the extreme right. Fine. And then? In a context of ideological confusion, Emmanuel Macron has taken centre stage, attached to his podium and displaying his spellbinding ideas: “civil society”; “the Jupiterian presidency”; “the spirit of (colonial) conquest”… We have every right to question this pretentious language. Because these days, the drifts created by the State of Emergency, the foiling of attempted attacks, the Islamophobic attacks, the exclusion of young people and the plague of sexism are all progressing well. What place is there for “the people who count for nothing”? We put the question to the sociologist Saïd Bouamama, who is an expert in the structural aspects of discrimination in France and author of several standard reference works on the subject.
The Macron government has emphasized the idea of rallying “civil society” around his project. How would you define this famous “civil society” and what are its limitations?
The concept of civil society has become a pet theme in the political and media debate, acquiring as many different definitions as those who utilise it. These different meanings have resulted in it taking on so many interpretations that divert it from the meaning that it had had in political polemics since the beginning of the capitalist mode of production.
We are far away from Rousseau’s definition: “The first person who enclosed a piece of land suddenly said ‘This is mine!’, and finding enough people who were simple enough to believe him, he was the founder of civil society”. This author therefore thought that civil society meant the world of private property.
We are still further away from Marx’s definition which reminded us that “the anatomy of civil society must be sought in the political economy”. In other words there is not one civil society, homogenous and united confronting a State and a bureaucracy, but a civil society that is riven by class interests.
Macron’s whole subterfuge is to smooth over these cleavages within civil society to mask the fact that the State only serves part of this famous civil society. It is not above civil society and its divisions but at the service of one part of it against another. Macron is at the service of the civil society that is economically dominant and against the civil society that is economically dominated.
It is enough to look at the class to which the Macronite deputies belong to realize that they do not represent the whole of civil society but only a certain part of it.
The ideological offensive is to cover over the dominant/dominated, the rich/poor, the exploiting/exploited cleavage in peoples’ minds by referring to the vertical relationships of above and below, politicians and citizens, etc. Of course the vertical cleavage does exist but it is at the service of the horizontal cleavage consisting of the struggle within civil society between classes with different interests.
Recently the new deputy Danièle Obono
has been subjected to a veritable live trial on the radio in which she was reminded of her origins and how lucky she was to have been elected in this country. She was enjoined to recognize a kind of debt towards the values of the Republic. What is your reaction to this affair?
The campaign against Danièle Obono is quite simply racist and sexist. She is attacked for having signed a petition defending myself and the rapper Saïdou of the ZEP group at the time of the complaint deposed by the extreme right against us for having said, in the book/CD Nique la France – devoir d’insolence (Screw France, we must be defiant): “Screw France and its colonial past, its perfumes, its stenches and its paternalist reflexes. Screw France and its imperialist history, its walls, its ramparts and its capitalist excesses”.
This is the same kind of operation like the use of the term ‘civil society’. It is a question of rendering the essence of the French nation by denying the conflicts that riddled it yesterday and still today. There is a France of the dominated and a France of the dominating and they confront each other.
The reason that Danièle Obono was reprimanded was for her anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-war stands. On top of that the fact that such positions were taken adopted by a black woman is insupportable for those who defend imperialist France which, from the Côte d’Ivoire to Mali, Libya to Syria, has not ceased to wage murderous wars to obtain oil, gas and strategic minerals.
Two weeks after the attack in London, there was another attack, this time against a mosque in Finsbury Park. At the end of June someone tried to run over the faithful as they were coming out of Creteil mosque. This week, again, there was shooting in front of the mosque of Avignon. The wide coverage given by the media to attacks such as the London one, as well as to similar ones that failed, is in marked contrast with the treatment given to Islamophobic attacks. How do you explain that?
As I have said in several of my recent writings we are in a historical period in which Islamophobia has become commonplace. This new face of racism serves systematic purposes both internationally and at the European level. Internationally it makes it possible to create a consensus for waging wars for natural resources on the pretext of ‘anti-terrorism’. At the national level it makes it possible to divert peoples’ growing anger against ultra-liberalism to false adversaries and dangers. In brief, Islamophobia is a screen and a debate that is ideologically very productive.
The social and political danger is that this Islamophobia, which is disseminated by the high State authorities in France (from the law on head scarves in 2004 to the debate on national identity, not to mention the ridiculous prohibition of the burkini on the French beaches last year), has been passed on to some of the French population and it has accelerated a fascist process that should not be under-estimated. Numerous Islamophobic attacks bear witness to this, as well as the increase in police violence towards young people in popular districts.
The double standards exercised by the media consists of promoting anguish, which is reinforced when there is the spontaneous anguish caused by a so-called ‘jihadist’ attack on the one hand and, on the other, giving minimum attention to Islamophobic violence. This contributes to the growing fascism.
These double standards are also to be found in the various explanations put forward: the psychological fragility of the person who has committed Islamophobic violence as opposed to the deliberate calculation of the ‘jihadist’. Of course this is not to say that most journalists make a conscious choice in covering the two types of violence differently.
The importance given to the ratings, the need for sensation, the journalism profession itself, the tactical political instrumentalization, etc.: all these contribute to producing this double standard. I think it is high time that a social movement addresses the question of the press and its way of covering this kind of events.
You are very familiar with all the problems affecting young people in the popular districts. As in all countries, these young people have creative potential and are always seeking ways to emancipate themselves. What are the traps that this society lays for them and how should they be helped to avoid them?
The reasons for the revolt of the young people in the popular districts and the young people of immigrant origin in particular are legitimate. Economic policies in general over the last decades have pauperized the popular classes and made them precarious. And this is even worse where there is an immigrant component. In addition, ultraliberalism promotes competition for rare assets (jobs, training, housing, etc) which ineluctably leads to increased pauperization and yet more precariousness for those already precarious and an increase in racist and sexist discrimination.
This legitimate revolt might become a social movement that could change the balance of power and force the dominating classes to take the popular classes into account. Or it could spend itself out through individual dead-ends (self-destruction and violence against others, the myth of individual success through crushing others, drugs, etc.) or collective dead-ends (attraction to nihilism, listening to charlatans with religious or political solutions, etc.). The only way of avoiding these impasses remains collective organization to avoid always being forced into a reactionary position.
Translated from French by Victoria Bawtree for Investig’Action.
According to an Institute Elabe poll for BFM-TV, 61 percent of French people oppose the president’s proposed reform of labor law. Three months after his election, Macron only has a 36 percent approval rating, according to a YouGov poll; it is the lowest level for a president who has so recently been elected in over 20 years, since Jacques Chirac in 1993: here.
This video from Britain says about itself:
17 April 2016
The French government is “completely committed” to constructing the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, the French economy minister has told the BBC. Emmanuel Macron [told] the BBC’s Andrew Marr the £18bn project in Somerset was “very important” for France and EDF, which is 85% owned by the French state. Mr Macron said work still needed to be finalised but he hoped something would be signed with UK officials this week.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Wednesday 5th July 2017
After visiting a nuclear weapons plant, he spent several hours aboard the submarine Terrible in the Atlantic.
On Monday evening, Mr Macron told parliament he would lift the current state of emergency, which has been in place since the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, but will make some security measures permanent.
Mr Macron also said he was determined to cut the number of parliamentary seats — 577 in the National Assembly and 348 in the Senate — by a third.
THE United Nations is expected to pass a new convention banning nuclear weapons on Friday after the final draft was released on Monday. The third and final draft circulated at the three-week conference at the UN headquarters in New York stated that the only way to guarantee the tools of mass destruction are never used again was to “completely eliminate” them: here.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Such a speech might seem a logical beginning of Macron‘s presidency, but the young head of state is the first one ever to start his term in that way. France does not have a State of the Union tradition, as in the United States. Macron‘s predecessors spoke to the full parliament only at the height of the financial crisis (Nicolas Sarkozy, 2009) and after terrorist attacks in Paris (François Hollande, 2015).
Macron has his speech at 3:00 pm in Versailles, the Palace of Louis XIV. …
‘Sun King’ Macron is said to behave more and more like a monarch. The fact that he now holds his first big speech in the Versailles environment is said to be pure imagery. A political fairy is being told, critics say.
Additionally, Macron chose to be on stage one day earlier than his prime minister, Édouard Philippe. It is usual for government leaders to announce the government plans in a speech to the National Assembly, but it is questionable what the Prime Minister may add tomorrow.
Critics see Macron’s planning the evidence that he is authoritarian and dominates his cabinet members. …
The criticism is also substantive. Since Macron has been elected on 7 May, he has hardly spoken out about emerging domestic problems. He has abolished a traditional press interview on the Quatorze Juillet holiday. According to critics, Macron likes having nice pictures, but does not like difficult questions. They wonder what he has done in two months. …
[NOS correspondent] Renout, with a wink: “In Versailles the former French kings were honoured, but that same king was beheaded later.”
Some of Macron‘s opponents refuse to participate in what they call ‘a show’. The seventeen members of the left-wing La France Insoumise of presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon boycott the meeting. The group president of [centre right] Les Républicains also will not attend.
Apart from King Louis XIV, Macron is also compared to the French Napoleon Bonaparte imperial dynasty.
On Monday, newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron called together the two houses of the French parliament to deliver an extended address on his government’s policies. Macron called for military escalation in Africa and broad-ranging changes to the basic institutions of the French government, in line with the historic attacks he is preparing on social and democratic rights in France: here.