Trump supports French fascist Marine Le Pen


This satiric video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

Thank You. Love, ISIS

12 April 2016

If we carry out police crackdowns just because people are Muslim and ratchet up the torturing in response to ISIS attacks, the terrorists have won. I know it sounds dramatic, but it’s true. These religious nutballs want nothing more than for the West to pour gasoline on the fire and drive more recruits to their apocalyptic mission.

Dutch NOS TV headlined on 21 April 2017 (translated):

Trump positive about [French extreme right presidential candidate Marine] Le Pen: most strongly against terrorism

See also here.

‘Most strongly against terrorism‘? Then, how about the satiric Mark Fiore video, and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, stating that Trump (and similar politicians like US Republican Ted Cruz, and Marine Le Pen) are recruiting sergeants for ISIS?

How about the report that Trump’s business and political cronies in Indonesia are working on a coup d’état jointly with ISIS supporters?

The NOS report says that it is very unusual for a United States President to say something positive on a candidate in an election in a European country.

The NOS also mentions that ex-president of the USA Obama on Thursday called French presidential candidate Macron to wish him success. The militarist and pro-austerity Macron, who wants to start an anti-environment gold mine in French Guiana, is not a good alternative to racist Marine Le Pen. That would rather be left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon; the only candidate with the courage to call Ms Le Pen a fascist; instead of incorrect euphemisms like ‘populist’.

The first round of the elections in France is being held against the backdrop of an attempt by the state and the media to use the violent incident on the Champs Elysées, involving a gunman who is alleged to have been acting on behalf of ISIS, to create an atmosphere of political hysteria. With over 50,000 soldiers and policemen set to deploy to polling stations tomorrow, the elections are to be held at gunpoint: here.

Frenchman murders policeman, Le Pen wants to punish refugees for it


Marine Le Pen's Islamophobia, cartoon

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

French [extreme right] presidential candidate Marine Le Pen demands that the government of President Hollande immediately reinstates border controls. “The government needs to restore our national borders,” she said in a reaction to the Paris attack last night. That was committed by a French-born man who had previously been convicted of murder attempts on policemen.

The culprit was born in a Paris suburb. After killing a policeman, he was himself shot dead by police.

The leader of the right-populist

racist, not ‘populist’.

So Ms Le Pen wants to punish refugees and other people outside France, for a crime inside France with which they have nothing to do, committed by a Frenchman.

Front National also wants to expel all foreigners who are monitored by the security services from the country.

Both measures are also included in her electoral program, but Le Pen wants Hollande to take action now. She also wants the police force to be expanded immediately with 15,000 officers.

Conservative François Fillon also wants more security forces.

French racist Le Pen scared of leftist Mélenchon


Holocaust survivor Cleo Yvel protests against French neo-fascist Marine Le Pen, photo by Weyman Bennett

This photo shows Holocaust survivor Cleo Yvel protesting against French neo-fascist leader Marine Le Pen.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

France: Le Pen ramps up hateful anti-immigration rhetoric

Wednesday 19th April 2017

FRENCH far-right presidential challenger Marine Le Pen reacted yesterday to increasing pressure from left hopeful Jean-Luc Mélenchon by cranking up her anti-immigration rhetoric.

The National Front (FN) leader told a rally that she would suspend all legal immigration into France because she wanted to stop “a mad, uncontrolled situation.”

She and the bankers’ candidate Emmanuel Macron had previously seemed like the contenders in a two-horse race.

But Mr Mélenchon and conservative hopeful Francois Fillon, who is embroiled in corruption allegations, have both made progress in recent weeks.

Mr Macron sneered yesterday that choosing the left candidate would be like “Cuba without the sun.”

Mr Mélenchon criss-crossed Paris by barge on Monday to address supporters and set up holograms of himself yesterday to appear at several events simultaneously.

About a third of French voters are still undecided, opinion polls suggest, making this Sunday’s first round unpredictable.

See also here. And here.

Marine Le Pen defends French anti-Semitic crime


This video says about itself:

6 April 2016

On April 5, a court in Paris fined former National Front party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen €30,000 for calling the Nazi gas chambers a “detail” of World War II.

By Lydia O’Connor:

04/09/2017 08:03 pm ET

Marine Le Pen Denies France’s Role In Major Holocaust Raid

France should not be blamed, the far-right candidate said Sunday.

Marine Le Pen, France’s far-right presidential candidate, is denying France’s culpability in a roundup of Jews in Paris during World War II.

In an interview Sunday on French television channel La Chaîne Info, Le Pen disputed France’s role in rounding up more than 13,000 Jews at the Vel d’Hiv cycling track in 1942 ― a raid that sent many to their deaths at Nazi concentration camps.

“I don’t think France is responsible for the Vel d’Hiv,” the leader of the National Front party said.

“I think that generally speaking if there are people responsible, it’s those who were in power at the time. It’s not France,” she added, suggesting that those who carried out the raids in Vichy France should bear the blame, not France as a whole.

Le Pen’s comments are in sharp contrast to apologies for the roundup issued by former President Jacques Chirac in 1995 and by current President François Hollande.

Their apologies have “taught our children that they have all the reasons to criticize [France], and to only see, perhaps, the darkest aspects of our history,” Le Pen continued.

Emmanuel Macron, her opponent

not ‘her opponent’; one of ten opponents

in the election, told France’s BFMTV after her comments, “Some had forgotten that Marine Le Pen is the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen.”

Her father, from who she is estranged and had ousted from the National Front party he once led, has been convicted twice for contesting crimes against humanity and stating that the gas chambers used to kill Jews were a mere “detail” of history.

The French affiliate of the World Jewish Congress blasted the younger Le Pen’s comments.

“These remarks are an insult to France, which honored itself in 1995 by recognizing its responsibility in the deportation of France’s Jews and facing its history without a selective memory,” the CRIF umbrella group of Jewish organizations said in a statement published by The Times of Israel.

Le Pen will face off against the other candidates in the first round of France’s elections on April 23. The two top candidates from that election will vie for the presidency in a final election on May 7.

See also here.

So now we see what all that big media punditry claiming Ms Le Pen was so very ‘different’ from her father, National Front founder Jean Marie Le Pen, was really worth. Jean Marie Le Pen openly advocated World War II nazi crimes, and said that the 1940-1944 French Vichy regime, collaborators with Hitler, were supposedly ‘not traitors’. The differences between Mr Le Pen and his daughter are mainly public relations packaging. Marine Le Pen has claimed that the only difference between her and her father was that she had more hair.

There is a clear parallel to what Marine Le Pen says now about the Vichy regime’s round-up for Jews for the Holocaust, and her colleague Björn Hocke of her German extreme right sister party AfD. Björn Hocke called the Holocaust monument in Berlin a ‘shame’, claiming that commemorations of World War II needed a 180 degrees U-turn.

Quebec mass murder by Le Pen fan Bissonnette


This video says about itself:

White Supremacist Kills 6 At Quebec Mosque

31 January 2017

Fox News tried to blame a Morrocan guy for this crime to justify Donald Trump’s #MuslimBan. The Canadian police identified Alexandre Bissonnette as the one responsible for this evil act.

By Jacques Richard in Canada:

Quebec City mosque assailant identified with ultra-right

1 February 2017

New information continues to come to light confirming the chauvinist, ultra-right wing views of Alexandre Bissonnette, the 27 year-old Laval University student who has been charged with five counts of murder and six of attempted murder over Sunday evening’s attack on a Quebec City mosque.

Bissonette contacted police only minutes after the assault on the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec and surrendered to them shortly thereafter. Weapons, including an AK-47 automatic rifle and a high-powered hand-gun, were found in his car.

According to eye-witnesses, the masked gunman who opened fire on Muslims at evening prayer reloaded his weapon twice during the attack.

Sunday’s shooting left six Muslim-Canadians dead and caused nineteen other to be hospitalized. The dead included Canadians of Algerian, Moroccan, and Guinean origin. Most, if not all, were longtime Canadian residents. One was a professor at Laval University. Several others worked for the Quebec government.

Two of the wounded remain in a critical condition. Doctors have stated that they may suffer lifelong impairment.

According to authorities, at his arrest Bissonette expressed remorse, or at least concern about the fatalities, and spoke about taking his own life.

Police claim he has given no explanation for his actions. Nor apparently did he leave any on his computer or social media.

However, he was clearly acting on the basis of ultra-right wing political views.

Since Sunday night, numerous people who encountered Bissonnette in recent years, from the spokesman for a refugees support group, to fellow Laval University students, have said he was virulently anti-immigrant and an unabashed admirer of Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s neo-fascist National Front, and of US President Donald Trump.

Both Le Pen and Trump have systematically stoked anti-immigrant chauvinism and Islamophobia.

Last Friday, just two days before the mosque massacre, Trump signed a patently anti-democratic and discriminatory executive order, excluding refugees, visitors and US permanent residents from seven Muslim countries from entering the US.

According to several associates of Bissonnette, Le Pen’s high-profile visit to Quebec last spring served to radicalize him.

Those who viewed Bissonnette’s Facebook page before it was taken down on police order, report that in addition to confirming his support for Le Pen, the National Front and Donald Trump, it showed him to be an admirer of the Israeli Defense Forces and a gun enthusiast.

Olivier Banville, the former president of the Parti Québécois (PQ) club at Laval University, told the Montreal daily Le Devoir that Bissonnette was in discussion with him for a time in 2014 about joining the pro-Quebec independence party.

Significantly this was when the PQ was championing a so-called Quebec Charter of Values— chauvinist legislation that would have banned public sector workers, at the cost of their jobs, from wearing religious head-coverings and other “ostentatious” religious symbols. An exception was to be made for “discrete” crucifixes.

Media reports have portrayed Bissonnette as an introvert and a loner who had been subjected to bullying throughout much of his youth.

That he is likely psychologically troubled in no way detracts from the political character of his actions and, even more importantly, the culpability of the political establishment and capitalist elite.

In Canada, as in and the other imperialist “democracies,” the ruling elites have promoted a noxious political and social environment through their phony “war on terror” narrative. They have carried out wars of aggression in the Middle East, sweeping attacks on democratic rights, and policies aimed at redistributing wealth to the most privileged sections of society.

Canada’s current prime minister, the Liberal Justin Trudeau, denounced the Harper Conservative government’s open appeals to Islamophobia as “divisive.” However, Trudeau and the Liberals voted for Harper’s Bill C-52, which in the name of fighting “Islamic terror,” has armed the national security apparatus with what even the Globe and Mail, the traditional mouthpiece of Toronto’s Bay Street banks, describes as police-state powers.

For the past ten years Quebec’s political establishment and corporate media have promoted the lie that immigrants, especially from Muslim countries, are a potential threat to “our democratic values.”

The amalgam between Muslims and terrorists is never far away. Last August, for example, Jean-François Lisée, the new leader of the Parti Québécois, the alternate governing party of the Quebec ruling class since the 1970s, issued a demand on his Facebook page for the “banning of the burka BEFORE a jihadist uses it to hide his or her movements for an attack.”

In the aftermath of Sunday’s atrocity some journalists have acknowledged, if only very partially, its connection to Quebec’s reactionary debate over “excessive accommodation” to minorities. Michèle Ouimet, a columnist with the Montreal daily La Presse, pointed to an “unhealthy climate fueled by trash radios that allow themselves to say anything and chroniclers who vomit on Muslims and Jews.”

In an official statement, Philippe Couillard, the Liberal Premier of Quebec, obliquely referred to this climate by saying: “The words that are spoken and the words that are written are not insignificant.”

The two parties most openly associated with the chauvinist discourse on Quebec “identity,” the PQ of Lisée and the Coalition Avenir Québec of Francois Legault, immediately rejected any link between their anti-immigrant appeals and the horrific act carried out by an ultra-rightist most likely influenced and encouraged by their positions. The two have promised to continue to demand a public debate on banning the chador and the burka in public—although Lisée thought it politic [to] concede that his earlier warning that a burka could be used to conceal an AK-47 assault rifle was “not a good idea.”

Couillard’s statement, however, was entirely demagogic. His government has mounted an all-out assault on workers by slashing social programs and pensions, while cutting taxes on the rich and big business. At the same time, it has tabled legislation that directly targets the Muslim community by forbidding access to health care, education, and other essential public services (except in emergencies) to women who cover their faces for religious reasons.

The intensified atmosphere of Islamophobia that has been whipped up by mainstream politicians in Quebec and with the rise of Donald Trump in the USA has had the effect of inspiring racist vermin to take up arms. Alexandre Bissonnette, the alleged shooter was “known by several activists in Quebec City for his identity based, pro-Le Pen and anti-feminist positions at the University of Laval and on social networks.” The responsibility for this bloodshed rests not only on the shoulders of the shooter himself but equally on those politicians and commentators who have been stirring up hatred and Islamophobia: here.

Canada Calls Out Fox News For ‘False And Misleading’ Quebec Shooter Tweets. The network is “perpetuating fear and division,” a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: here.

Muslim immigrant cabbies say they face discrimination in Quebec City job market: here.

Canada mosque mass murderer, a Le Pen, Trump fan


This 30 January 2017 video about Canada is called White Nationalist Terrorist Attacks Mosque, Killing Six.

Another video from Canada, no longer on YouTube, used to say about itself:

30 January 2017

Quebec Mosque Shooting: Alexandre Bissonnette, white university student, only suspect Quebec shooting

Alexandre Bissonnette is suspected of carrying out the attack on Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center alone.

He was arrested on Sunday night after allegedly shooting six men dead during evening prayers before 8pm.

The university student fled the scene of the crime but called 911 20 minutes later to turn himself in to police.

Mohamed el Khadir, a Moroccan-Canadian, was also taken into custody but is now considered to be a witness.

Moroccan Canadian Mohamed el Khadir was trying to help people wounded in the bloodbath.

MAN MISTAKEN AS QUEBEC SHOOTER WAS ATTEMPTING TO SAVE HIS FRIEND’S LIFE Police have cleared Mohamed Belkhadir of suspicion after he ran back into the mosque to administer first aid and was mistaken as a suspect. Alexandre Bissonnette, a French-Canadian university student, is the sole suspect in the deadly shooting. [HuffPost]

That police wrongly arrested witness Mohamed el Khadir contributed to lots of Islamophobic fake news on the Internet.

The neo-nazi ‘alt-right’ site the Daily Stormer promoted the conspiracy theory that the Quebec massacre was supposedly by ‘Muslim terrorists’ linked to a supposed ‘rival mosque’.

Well … not just the Daily Stormer nazis promoted that conspiracy theory. So did supposedly ‘mainstream conservative’ Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News. Not that surprising. When Norwegian Islamophobe Breivik committed his massacre of social democratic young people, the Murdoch media (and others) also claimed that ‘the Muslims are at it again’.

Six men aged between 39 and 60 were killed at the mosque and five remain in a critical condition in intensive care at the city’s Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus.

Twelve others had less serious injuries and another 39 escaped unharmed. …

Police found two rifles and an AK-47 in the car [of Alexandre Bissonnette].

Translated from Radio Canada French today:

Alexandre Bissonnette [arrested by police in Quebec, Canada for the mass murder at the Quebec mosque] has extreme right-wing political ideas. On his Facebook page, which was withdrawn since, he had put a link to the site of Marine Le Pen, the French leader of the National Front.

By Keith Jones in Canada:

Six killed in terror attack on Quebec City mosque

31 January 2017

Six Muslim Canadians, all of North or West African origin, were killed and another 19 persons wounded, five of them gravely, by a masked gunman who assaulted a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers Sunday.

Yesterday afternoon, Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old Laval University student, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder during a brief court appearance.

Shortly after the mosque slaughter, Bissonnette contacted police and subsequently surrendered to them on a Quebec City bridge. An AK-47 and two handguns were found in his car.

Initially, police took a second person into custody in the vicinity of the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, the scene of the shooting. But later they conceded this was a case of mistaken identity and said they now believe Bissonnette acted alone.

Sunday’s attack was a heinous crime. The target of the attack and the profile of the presumed killer leave little doubt it was a political attack, motivated by Islamophobia and other extreme right-wing views.

Shortly after media began posting a photo of Bissonnette, a leader of a Quebec City group dedicated to helping Syrian refugees told reporters he was known to them for spouting anti-immigrant views. François Deschamps of “Bienvenue aux réfugiés” (Welcome to Refugees) said Bissonnette also routinely railed against feminists in his online posts.

According to the Montreal daily La Presse, Bissonnette’s Facebook page, which has now been taken off-line, had hyperlinks to the National Front, the French neo-fascist party led by Marine Le Pen.

Global News said Bissonnette’s Facebook “likes” also included US President Donald Trump, the Israeli Defense Forces, and Christopher Hitchens, the British writer who became a propagandist for the illegal 2003 US invasion of Iraq and Washington’s phony “war on terror.”

Witnesses say that when Bissonnette opened fire on them, he screamed “Allahu Akbar!” in a thick French-Québécois accent.

Apparently, Bissonnette screamed “Allahu Akbar!” to create the false impression that his bloodbath was by ‘Muslim terrorists’. He succeeded in that, at least initially, with right-wing media, as we have seen.

Soon after the media reported the attack, Canadian authorities, beginning with Prime Minster Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, denounced it as an act of terrorism.

Quebec City media reports suggest Bissonnette is a psychologically troubled individual. Even if, as is likely, this is true, Sunday’s mass killing cannot be separated from the noxious political and social environment that has been created by North America’s governments and capitalist elite through their wars of aggression, gutting of democratic rights, and promotion of reaction, including anti-Muslim bigotry.

Since Friday, news reports around the world have been dominated by the fallout from and reaction to US President Donald Trump’s antidemocratic and patently discriminatory executive order barring refugees, visitors, and US permanent residents from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US. All these countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—have been the target of US aggression, either in the form of “regime change” wars, drone strikes or punishing economic sanctions.

Trump has systematically stoked anti-Muslim prejudice since he launched his bid for the Republican Party presidential nomination. This is exemplified by his naming of Stephen Bannon, the former Goldman-Sachs executive who made Breitbart News into a sounding board for the fascistic alt-right, as his “chief strategist.”

On Monday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer made a show of condemning the Quebec City attack “in the strongest possible terms.” But he did not mention that its target was a mosque or that its victims were Muslims. Without losing a beat, Spicer then brazenly sought to invoke the murders perpetrated by a sympathizer of the ultra-right as an argument for the Trump administration’s persecution of Muslims and immigrants. “It’s a terrible reminder,” said Spicer, “of why we must remain vigilant and why the president is taking steps to be proactive and not reactive on issues of national security.”

Like the Democratic Party in the US, Canada’s elite claims to be appalled by Trump’s anti-Muslim bigotry. But since 2001 it has promoted the false “war on terror” narrative, joining both parties of US big business in exploiting the atrocities committed by Islamist terrorists—often thanks to unexplained intelligence lapses—to legitimize militarism and war and sweeping attacks on democratic rights, while feeding anti-Muslim prejudice.

Stephen Harper and his Conservatives sought re-election as Canada’s government in the fall of 2015 with crude Islamophobic appeals, claiming Canada was at war with “Islamist terror” and promising to set up a snitch line so Canadians could denounce the “barbaric cultural practices” of their immigrant neighbours.

This was the culmination of a year-long campaign in which Canada’s ruling elite had rallied round the Harper Conservative government in using the deaths of two military personnel at the hands of psychologically troubled, recent Canadian-born converts to Islam to promote reaction at home and abroad. This included expanding Canada’s participation in the US war in Iraq and Syria—a war that arises directly from Washington’s previous ruinous Mideast wars, and like them is aimed at strengthening US hegemony over the world’s most important oil-exporting region. It also involved the ramming through, with the support of the opposition Liberals, legislation giving the national-security apparatus police-state powers (Bill C-51).

This is because Canada’s ruling elite views it as essential to asserting its own predatory imperialist interests that Canada be, as the Globe and Mail put it recently, behind Trump’s “walls”—that is, a partner in a “Fortress North America.”

Canada’s liberal media, like that in the US, systematically lies about the extreme right-wing forces, including Islamist terrorists, that Washington and its Canadian allies use on the world stage.

How many Canadians, for example, know that Canadian Armed Forces personnel who participated in NATO’s regime war in Libya referred to themselves as “Al Qaeda’s air force”?

While the entire Canadian ruling elite is complicit in the promotion of anti-Muslim bigotry and reaction, it is not mere chance that Quebec was the site of Canada’s first lethal attack on a mosque.

All sections of Quebec’s political establishment … have legitimized a reactionary campaign gotten up by the right-wing tabloid press that claims immigrants and religious minorities are threatening Quebec’s values.

Muslims have been the principal target of this campaign.

Currently, the Quebec Liberal government has legislation before the provincial legislature that would ban Muslim women wearing religious face coverings from receiving public services, including education and health care, except in emergencies.

When it held office for 18 months in 2012-14, the … pro-Quebec independence Parti Quebecois sought to enact a Charter of Quebec Values under which public sector workers would have been threatened with the loss of their jobs if their wore a Muslim hijab, Sikh turban, Jewish kipah, or other “ostentatious” religious symbols. Underscoring the chauvinist character of this legislation, an exception was provided for “discreet” crucifixes.

The PQ’s new leader, Jean-François Lisée, has suggested it should be illegal for Muslim women to wear the niqab or burqa in public in Quebec because an AK-47 could be hidden under it.

As for the right-wing mayor of Quebec City, Régis Labeaume, he has at most issued pro forma condemnations, despite repeated acts of vandalisms at the city’s four mosques, while repeatedly suggesting refugees could constitute a terrorist threat.

In Quebec and Canada, as around the world, the ruling class is promoting anti-immigrant and anti-minority chauvinism so as to split the working class.

There is mass revulsion in Quebec and across Canada at Sunday’s horrific events. …

A crisis-ridden, ever-more socially polarized and militarized capitalist society is dredging up all manner of reaction.

The defence of democratic rights requires the development of an independent movement of the working class against war and social inequality based on an unequivocally anti-capitalist and internationalist program.