French Macron attacks refugees

This video says about itself:

“Refugees are part of our DNA” / “Les réfugiés font partie de notre ADN” 👉🏽 Emmanuel Macron

22 March 2017

French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was the guest of Explicite. In English, he spoke about refugees, France’s place in NATO and Donald Trump.

That was four months ago. “Refugees are part of our DNA” then surely sounded better than the racism of extreme right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

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

President Emmanuel Macron’s government recently presented a new action plan for refugees and immigrants in France, launched by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on July 12.

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.

French Macron, nuclear war president?

This video from Britain says about itself:

Emmanuel Macron on EU Referendum and Hinkley PointBBC News

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.

That was over a year ago, when Macron was still minister, not president. Then, the talk was about ‘peaceful’ nuclear energy (how ‘peaceful’ is Fukushima?) But now …

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

France: Macron tries his hand at fighting nuclear war

Wednesday 5th July 2017

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron took part in a simulated nuclear missile launch aboard a submarine yesterday after vowing to continue overseas wars.

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.

And he said military interventions in Africa’s Sahel region, Syria and Iraq would continue.

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 French Communist Party and Jean-Luc Melenchon’s France Unbowed boycotted the speech in protest against what they called Mr Macron’s “presidential monarchy”.

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.

French President Macron plays at being King Louis XIV

This 29 June 2017 Luxembourg TV French language video is about similarities between French President Macron and 17th century absolute French monarch Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

‘King’ Macron speaks in Versailles, critics criticize grandeur

Today, 11:01

All eyes are on President Emmanuel Macron again when he will speak in the Versailles Palace to the entire French parliament. In a kind of King’s Speech, he wants to explain the outline of his policy.

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.