French president-elect Macron and bullfighting


Macron cartoon in The Spectator

This is a cartoon from British weekly The Spectator, about French president-elect Macron. The cartoon in inspired by the fairytale The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Today, Dutch daily De Volkskrant writes about the candidates of Macron’s party for the parliamentary election in June.

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.

Macron’s official candidates include Gaspard Gantzer, the spin doctor of soon to be ex-President Hollande. And Jean-Michel Fauvergue, boss of the RAID ‘anti-terror‘ police.

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.

Racist French Blairite Valls unwelcome in Macron’s party


This video says about itself:

7 October 2013

Hundreds of pupils in Paris took the day off school to protest on Thursday in retaliation for the deportation of foreign students. Showing solidarity with their peers, the pupils argue everyone has a right to education.

The protest follows the deportation of 15-year-old Roma student Leonarda Dibrani, who was expelled from France to Kosovo October 9.

The demonstration marks a backlash to Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls‘ comments in September, when he said most of the 20,000 Romas in France had no motivation for integrating into society and should be sent back to their countries of origin.

Blairite politician Manuels Valls in 2014 rose to Prime Minister; but now, he seems too fall.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Valls not welcome in Macron’s party

Today, 09:18

Manuel Valls is not welcome as a parliamentary candidate for En Marche!. The French former prime minister announced yesterday his move to the movement of the new president Macron, but the party does not want him. …

The rejection puts Valls in a difficult position. In an interview he said yesterday that his socialist party is dead. He will therefore not be able to return to that Socialist Party.

According to [NOS correspondent] Renout, you could say that Valls is now out on the street. “He closed the door to the socialist party, but Macron closed the door as well.”

This is not so surprising. When Macron started En Marche! Valls cynically predicted it would fail. Macron may still remember now, after Vallsweathervane-like flip-flopping Damascene conversion. In December 2016, Macron called Valls a ‘traitor’. See also here. And Valls’ government was very impopular, so Valls may drive voters away from Macron rather than attracting them.

French racist Blairite Valls joins Macron’s party


This video from France says about itself:

11 October 2013

A French rights group has said it will lodge a formal legal complaint against the country’s interior minister for inciting racial hatred, after comments he made about Roma gypsies.

France’s interior minister then was Manuel Valls.

From the BBC:

25 September 2013

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls says he stands by remarks calling for the country’s Roma (Gypsies) to be expelled.

He said few Roma could ever integrate into French society and “the majority” should be sent “back to the borders“.

He has been criticised by human rights campaigners, the European Commission and one of his cabinet colleagues.

Amnesty International is calling for a ban on forced evictions of Roma people in France in a report out on Wednesday.

French President Hollande then did not sack Valls for his racism. Later, he promoted Valls to Prime Minister.

Valls is not just racist, but also an admirer of Tony Blair and his pro-Big Business anti-social policies. Valls proposed that the French Socialist Party should drop the name Socialist. Like Blair, he expected moving to the right would attract traditionally right-wing voters; while traditionally left-wing voters supposedly would not be able to go anywhere else, so would stay loyal. Like with Blair, practice proved Valls wrong.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Former Prime Minister Valls crosses over to Macron‘s En Marche!

Today, 08:21

French former Prime Minister Manuel Valls wants to move to the En Marche! party of president-elect Emmanuel Macron. Valls wants to be a candidate for En Marche! in the Essonne constituency.

Valls was still a candidate for the Parti Socialiste, the party of the departing president François Hollande, in the recent presidential elections.

Valls was a candidate in the Socialist Party primaries. Which he lost to more leftist Hamon. In the first round of the presidential election, most traditionally Socialist voters then did not vote for Hamon, but for still more leftist Mélenchon.

At the elections next month he wants to help Macron to get a majority in parliament.

The new French president must still approve Valls‘ candidacy.

It is not yet absolutely certain that Macron will do that. When Macron started En Marche! Valls cynically predicted it would fail. Macron may still remember now, after Vallsweathervane-like flip-flopping Damascene conversion. In December 2016, Macron called Valls a ‘traitor’. See also here. And Valls’ government was very impopular, so Valls may drive voters away from Macron rather than attracting them.