French Le Pen nazi armed mosque attack

This French video says about itself (translated):

Two people injured by bullets in front of the Bayonne mosque

Around 3 pm on this Monday, October 28 [2019], in Bayonne two individuals attacked the mosque of Bayonne and injured two faithful persons by gunfire. They were arrested. A video by Jean-Daniel Chopin.

After a Canadian admirer of French neofascist Marine le Pen murdered mosque visitors in Quebec, now another Le Pen-ist armed attack on a mosque.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In the French town Bayonne, an elderly man fired several bullets at a mosque around 2 p.m. Two men aged 74 and 78 were seriously injured. How they are doing is still unclear.

The gunman, an 84-year-old man, was arrested at his house. A firearm and a gas bottle were found in his car.

According to the local government, the perpetrator tried to set fire to the door of the mosque and was then disturbed by the other two elderly people, whom he subsequently shot. During his flight, he also tried to set fire to his car.

Le Pen

According to the French police, the man has ties with the right-wing populist

Dear NOS and other journalists: quit using ‘populist’ as an euphemism for racist, fascist, neonazi etc.

party of the French politician Marine Le Pen. He was a local candidate for that party in 2015, but was not elected.

This 13 March 2018 video from the USA, about another mosque in another Bayonne, says about itself:

After 2-year battle that included racist attacks, Bayonne approves mosque

A New Jersey city that denied a Muslim group`s bid to build a mosque last summer has reached a settlement with the group that will allow the project to proceed. The mosque will transform a defunct factory on a dead-end street to a bustling community center.

French neofascists expel bigwig for eating ‘treasonable’ African food

This 2016 video is called How To Cook Simple Vegetarian Couscous.

Couscous is a famous originally North African dish, now eaten in many countries.

Recently, Florian Philippot, the vice president of the French neofascist National Front party, was spotted eating it.

Philippot’s fellow neonazis did not like that ‘treasonable’ eating of ‘Muslim’ food.

The quarrel between National Front fuehrer Marine Le Pen and deputy fuehrer Philippot led today to Philippot no longer being deputy fuehrer and no longer being a National Front party member.

In Italy, the French National Front‘s racist colleagues, the xenophobic Lega Nord Party, who used to be in the Rightist Berlusconi government coalition; a party whose Members of the European Parliament praise mass murderer Anders Breivik from Norway, are infamous for their crusade against other ‘Islamic’ food: kebab.

One should hope that a Lega Nord bigwig will spot another Lega Nord bigwig secretly eating kebab. And that the quarrel resulting from that will harm the Lega Nord like couscous is harming the French National Front now.

French voters anti-Le Pen, not pro-Macron

Valentin Trussardi, NOS photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today, about interviews with French voters about the second round of the presidential election, tomorrow:

“I’m convinced Macron will win tomorrow, so he does not need my vote,” says Valentin Trussardi. The 22-years-old student always votes for the left. Tomorrow he will stay home. “I’m against fascism, the ideas of Marine Le Pen, I will never vote for her,” he says. But he is equally scathing when it comes to what he calls the “dictatorship of finance“.

“That’s what Macron stands for, he’s from the banks. With his liberal [what in the USA would be called: conservative] program, he makes people poor and needy. The pressure on people who do not want to vote for Macron is terrible,” he says. “People say thay as I’m staying at home, I supposedly help Le Pen. I feel that pressure everywhere. But that’s not so bad. On Monday it will be over.”

Anne-Françoise Prunieres Pillias, NOS photo

Anne-Françoise Prunieres Pillias will also vote blank tomorrow. She is active in the extreme-left [as the NOS calls it] movement of former candidate Mélenchon. “It does not make sense to vote for Macron, to stop Le Pen,” she says.

“If we do not get Le Pen now, we’ll get her in five years, because under Macron everything will get worse. More people will be dissatisfied, and so she’ll win in five years.”

French protests against Le Pen and Macron

This AFP video from France says about itself:

Marine Le Pen booed in Reims on last day of campaigning

5 May 2017

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is met by angry protesters as she makes an unannounced visit to the cathedral in Reims on the last day of the French presidential campaign.

At Reims cathedral, the kings of France used to be crowned.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

France: Protests mark final day of campaigning

Saturday 6th May 2017

Fascist Le Pen gets hostile treatment on the election trail

PROTESTS marked the last day of campaigning before tomorrow’s French presidential election run-off.

Fascist National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen received a hostile reception yesterday when she paid a surprise visit to Reims cathedral.

Protesters called on her to “give the money back” to the European Parliament after she allegedly claimed the salaries of her two bodyguards as expenses.

In Paris, 12 Greenpeace activists were arrested after the[y] hung a banner reading: “Liberty, equality, fraternity” on the Eiffel Tower — a clear call to defend republican values from the far-right threat — before six of them rappelled down.

Also in the capital, 10 secondary schools were blockaded by students opposed to both Ms Le Pen and her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron, the city’s education authority said.

… students at another school, Lycée Buffon, wrote an open letter calling on the French to exercise their vote and recalling the fate of five students shot in 1943 for fighting the nazis.

Ms Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie has played down the Holocaust and the FN has been tainted by anti-semitism … .

“Even if I’m not old enough to vote, I’m concerned,” the letter said. “Dear reader, you should know that Marine Le Pen’s France is not the France we love. Our France is beautiful, tolerant and cosmopolitan. So go and vote on Sunday, for this France, this democracy.”

Though Mr Macron is hardly popular with leftwingers and progressives, most are expected to vote for him to keep the far right out of the Elysee Palace.

He was finance minister from 2012 to 2014 and backs the EU’s pro-business agenda, including the Brussels-dictated labour law forced through last year after parliament rejected the legislation twice amid general strikes by workers opposed to it.

French ‘center right’ torn between fascist Le Pen, Big Business Macron

This 2011 French video is about the connection between French National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and German ex-SS officer and neonazi Franz Schönhuber.

By Kumaran Ira in France:

Ahead of May 7 runoff, French right-wing Les Républicains on verge of split

5 May 2017

Ahead of the May 7 presidential runoff between the ex-banker Emmanuel Macron and National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen, France’s right-wing Les Républicains (LR) face a deep split that threatens to blow the Gaullist movement apart. France’s post-1968 two-party system, in which power alternated between various wings of the Gaullist movement and the Socialist Party (PS), is rapidly collapsing.

LR’s presidential campaign was severely damaged when its candidate, François Fillon, was caught up in a corruption scandal after proposing an alliance with Berlin and Moscow against Washington. After the elimination of Fillon and PS candidate Benoît Hamon in the first round, LR is bitterly divided between advocates of a Macron vote and sections of LR closer to the neo-fascist FN.

On Wednesday, LR campaign manager François Baroin said senators who called for a Le Pen vote in the second round or who openly joined Emmanuel Macron’s On the March movement to run in the June legislative elections would be expelled. After the first round, Baroin said he would vote “personally” for Macron. However, he later told RTL radio: “All those who get close to Marine Le Pen will be expelled. … All those who get close to Macron before the legislatives, same treatment.”

LR officials also reacted sharply to right-winger Nicolas Dupont-Aignan’s endorsement earlier this week of Le Pen. On Twitter, veteran politician Dominique Bussereau, a cabinet minister in a Fillon government, denounced Dupont-Aignan as a fascist, declaring, “So-called Gaullist but really a Pétainist [supporter of Nazi-collaborationist dictator Marshal Philippe Pétain], Dupont-Aignan must be beaten in the legislatives and in his municipality. Real collaborationist!”

These comments come as conflicts in LR and its periphery explode. After his elimination in the first round, Fillon called for a vote in favor of Macron against Le Pen, although he had campaigned appealing to far-right sentiment, including the anti-gay marriage Protest for Everyone movement.

Other LR officials endorsing Macron include former President Nicolas Sarkozy, former prime ministers Alain Juppé and Jean-Pierre Raffarin, and Xavier Bertrand. After the first round, Juppé declared, “Without hesitation, I choose on this Sunday night to support Emmanuel Macron in his fight against the far right, a far right that would lead France to disaster.”

Bertrand told Le Point he was warning “political friends who refuse to call to vote against Le Pen: a presidential election is a choice of what society we want,” adding that LR was facing “the danger of implosion.”

While much of LR is rallying behind Macron, several LR member closer to Sarkozy are refusing to choose between Macron and Le Pen. They include Henri Guaino, Sarkozy’s speech writer during his presidency and an advocate of making extreme right nationalist appeals to FN voters; LR Vice President Laurent Wauquiez; and leading members Christine Boutin, Eric Ciotti and Thierry Mariani. Guaino said, “Voting for Macron is voting for the system I oppose.”

Wauquiez refused to endorse Macron and called on LR to focus on the June legislative elections: “I don’t want the only response of my political formation to be to gather around Emmanuel Macron. I will be clear: I will not join a coalition around Macron, because we do not have the same convictions.”

A layer of LR officials, including Éric Woerth and French Senate President Gérard Larcher, is warning the party runs the risk of a split if these conflicts continue. Larcher said that LR’s duties included “not blowing up the political movement of people who share our convictions … and not to add to the bitter taste of defeat the delights of division which would lead us to implosion.”

Such remarks underscore the historic crisis that is tearing the French political establishment apart, as it turns far to the right.

LR descends from those forces that claimed to represent the heritage of General Charles de Gaulle, the leader of most of the pro-capitalist forces in the French Resistance during World War II, who allied with the Stalinist French Communist Party (PCR) against the Nazi occupation. …

They promised to evict “economic and financial aristocracies” from control over the capitalist economy, to set up a social welfare state respecting democratic rights, and to ensure that Europe would not again return to the carnage of the two world wars.

These mechanisms have been irrevocably shattered after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the collapse of the Stalinist parties and the deep crisis of post-Soviet European capitalism. The social concessions that laid the basis of the PCF’s collaboration with de Gaulle, and the military restraints on the European imperialist states imposed by the existence of the USSR, disappeared. Now, the European Union (EU) functions as a machine to impose austerity and war, and democratic rights have been suspended in France for two years under the PS’ state of emergency.

Over the decades, LR’s invocations of de Gaulle became empty rhetoric that did not in any way unify its factions. They all turned far to the right, notably approving the strategy of Sarkozy and Guaino to appeal to FN voters during Sarkozy’s 2007-12 term in office.

Macron does not represent a lesser evil than Le Pen, but a further stage in the counterrevolutionary offensive of European capitalism against the workers. A former minister in the Socialist Party government, he has pledged not only to maintain the PS’ state of emergency and impose drastic austerity using its reactionary labor law, but to bring back the draft in order to wage what he foresees as an era of war.

French presidential elections update

Lea, French Mélenchon voter, NOS photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today; interviewing a spectator who, with others in Paris, had seen the debate yesterday between French presidential candidates Macron and Le Pen:

“First, I wanted to vote blank because I do not want to know anything about both candidates. It’s a choice between the plague and the cholera,” says [leftist candidate] Mélenchon voter Lea (25). “But now I’ll reluctantly go for Macron to stop the Front National.”

But Lea actually despises him [Macron]. “He is a puppet, but he has got the media behind him, that’s why he is in the second round.” …

Lea gets her coat on. She lasted for an hour watching the TV debate, but at 23:00 she thought enough was enough. She wants to get the metro right now.

Macron did not convince her. “He will get my vote and I think he will win.” But her heart is not in that. “It has become clear to me that I do not want to see Le Pen on TV.”

French election debate: Macron, Le Pen promote militarism, attacks on immigrants: here.

Paris youth speak to WSWS: “I don’t want to vote for the right just because I’m afraid of Le Pen”: here.

‘Don’t vote Le Pen; Macron, stop attacking workers’

Marianne and Marine Le Pen, cartoon

This cartoon shows, on the left, Marianne, symbol of the French republic, as inspired by a famous painting by Eugène Delacroix. On the right, Marine Le Pen, leader of the racist National Front party, doing the nazi salute and carrying a club.

Emmanuel Macron, one of the two candidates in the second round of the French presidential elections, yesterday, on 1 May 2017 refused to dump his plans for further attacks on workers’ rights. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leftist candidate who just missed the second round, had asked Macron to do that, as a gesture of goodwill to the many voters who strongly oppose extreme right candidate Marine Le Pen becoming president, but are also strongly critical of Macron’s pro-Big Business policies.

On 30 April, Mélenchon had said that anyone voting for Le Pen would be making a ‘terrible mistake’. He also said (translated from Belgian French language RTBF TV):

In my opinion, France will get rid of Marine Le Pen in this election [second round of presidential election, 7 May], and we, a month later, we will all get rid of the policies of Emmanuel Macron [on the occasion of the legislative elections of June 8].

In an online poll conducted this week, members of the Unsubmissive France (UF) movement broadly rejected support for either candidate in the French presidential runoff election. The two candidates are the former Rothschild banker Emmanuel Macron and the neo-fascist Marine Le Pen: here.

French voters sceptical on Macron, Le Pen

French demonstrators

A protester holds a placard reading “May 7, beat Le Pen. May 8, fight Macron” during a demonstration by leftist parties against the final two presidential candidates in Perpignan, on April 29, 2017. Photo by Raymond Roig/AFP/Getty Images.

The protest slogan at this demonstration in France suggests that French voters on 7 May 2017, the second round of the presidential election, should beat racist Marine Le Pen, by voting for the only other option on the ballot paper, Macron. And on 8 May, Macron‘s first day as president, should start fighting Macron.

From Reuters news agency:

French voters skeptical Macron, Le Pen have answers on unemployment, security: poll

Matthias Blamont


Sunday, Apr. 30, 2017 9:27AM

A week before a decisive second round in France’s presidential election, many voters are skeptical that either of the two candidates can solve chronic unemployment or tackle security concerns, a poll published on Sunday found.

The Ifop survey for the Journal du Dimanche highlights two key battlegrounds as centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen enter a final week of campaigning, expected to focus on France’s economy and borders.

Polls predict Macron, a former economy minister, will win the May 7 run-off with about 59-60 per cent. But the momentum has recently been with Le Pen, who has clawed back about five percentage points over the past week.

According to the Ifop poll, 45 per cent of voters believe the two finalists would not put an end to unemployment, which has for years stood close to 10 per cent in France. And 36 per cent say neither candidate is able to protect France from attacks.

France has been under a state of emergency since 2015 and has suffered a spate of Islamist militant attacks mostly perpetrated by young men who grew up in France and Belgium. …

The outcome of the run-off will depend to a large extent on floating voters and potentially high levels of abstention.

In the first round, 22.2 per cent of voters abstained: The highest percentage since 2002 when Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie, surged into the second round only to be defeated overwhelmingly by conservative Jacques Chirac.

If turnout is low in the second round, analysts say Macron may struggle to reproduce the same broad movement against the National Front candidate, citing his mainly free-market policies at a time when anti-establishment feeling has been on the rise in Europe and the United States.

Left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, with 19.6 per cent of votes in the first round, has urged his supporters to oppose Le Pen but has refused to back Macron for the second round. …

The Ifop poll found 42 per cent of voters believe Macron and Le Pen would be unable to reunite the country after months of bitter campaigning, while 43 per cent questioned whether they would be able to govern even after capturing the Elysee palace.

France returns to the polls in June to select members of the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, where a majority is needed to push through government policies.

Both Macron, who launched a new party a year ago, and Le Pen, whose National Front has only two seats in the National Assembly, have faced questions about their ability to build a parliamentary majority. …

French young people critical of Le Pen and Macron

Adolf Hitler and Marine Le Pen, cartoon

By Antoine Lerougetel in France:

French youth speak to the WSWS in Amiens: “I’m looking for a movement that wants neither Le Pen nor Macron

29 April 2016

Many young people turned out in the Northern French city of Amiens on April 26 following calls on social networks for demonstrations. The Communist Youth Movement (MJC), the youth wing of the … French Communist Party (PCF), supported calls for demonstrations.

The demonstrations took place at the same time that both presidential candidates visited a Whirlpool factory in Amiens, drawing widespread media attention. The factory is due to close in 2018, causing 300 workers to lose their jobs. On the March candidate Emmanuel Macron, who grew up in Amiens, was accosted by workers at the plant for his support for austerity policies and for the El Khomri labour law, which the government of Francois Hollande rammed through the legislature to reduce job protections for workers and further informalise employment. Neo-fascist Marine Le Pen also visited the plant in a demagogic attempt to pose as a friend of French workers. The Whirlpool plant will be relocated to Poland as with the Amiens Goodyear factory, which closed 3 years ago.

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to demonstrators, many of whom remain divided as to whether to abstain in protest of both right-wing candidates, or to vote for Macron in order to prevent Le Pen’s victory. Participants in the demonstration reflected on the experiences drawn from four months of protests in 2016 against a right-wing Labour Law, which reduced job protections for workers and laid the basis for the further informalisation of employment. Macron supported the law in his role as a leading official in the Socialist Party (PS) government of President Francois Hollande, and police brutally suppressed the protests.

Over a hundred young people gathered in front of the Maison de la Culture in Amiens.

Susie and Mona, two art students who supported Unsubmissive France candidate Jean Luc Mélenchon in the first round but who are not members of any party, spoke to the WSWS.

Susie said, “It does not surprise me that Le Pen got into the second round, it was expected. If she wins there will be more violence, more racism, more hatred. With Macron, it’s at the finance level that it’s going to change a lot. For the workers and the poorest this will not help much.”

WSWS reporters asked Susie what she thought of Le Pen’s attempt to appeal as a defender of the interests of workers. Susie replied, “She’s campaigning like Macron. He never came during his campaign in the first round.

“It’s been a while since Ruffin [François Ruffin, standing for parliament in Amiens in the legislative elections in June, backed by the PCF, the Greens and Mélenchon] has been asking him to come. She dares to go there because she’s a liar. I’m not against people who vote Le Pen, it’s just that she manipulates them. …”

Mona added, “They’re so fed up with the Hollande government that Le Pen has been able to profit greatly from it. She used the terrorist attacks and laid it on thick. People were so frightened and thought she would act against terrorism. All she’s going to do is close the borders. There will be blockages, she’ll do totally anti-democratic things.”

The WSWS asked Susie and Mona about the danger of a third world war. Mona said, “It’s a possibility, the situation is so unstable. We’re young and it appears very far away. I did not know that France is preparing nuclear war. It’s true that Trump is trigger-happy. France could be a target. What can we do?”

The WSWS also interviewed three Amiens youth, Zauri, François and Akim, none of whom want to vote for either Le Pen or Macron.

Interjecting in support of one another’s points, they told the WSWS: “We want to demonstrate against both, they both have closed and very risky policies … They do not meet our expectations. Macron will have exactly the same policies as Hollande.

Zauri, François, and Akim in Amiens

“He is a presidential candidate thanks to Hollande. He’ll do nothing thing for young people. He said that we should get used to terrorism and a state of emergency … With Le Pen, it will be racism and civil war, as is happening in America with Trump. It will be ‘France first,’ just like Donald Trump says about America.”

Catherine, a student at Amiens University, said, “This demonstration is called ‘against Le Pen,’ but I am here first because I am curious about who is here, because if this demonstration calls for a vote for Macron I will be against it. I’m looking for a movement that wants neither Le Pen nor Macron. A Macron presidency would be very free market, continuing with all the privatizations, the deterioration of the conditions of workers and government workers. Under Marine Le Pen it would be the same thing, plus racism, fascism. In both cases very negative.”

She continued, “I know Le Pen is at Whirlpool today and Macron only wanted to meet the union [leader]s. Le Pen wants to appear to be a defender of the workers. They vote Le Pen because they are disappointed with the politicians and because they believe that Marine Le Pen is the only one who will defend them, but it is manipulation. These people are completely desperate.” …

“Yes, I am aware that we are moving towards a third world war,” she added. “It makes me angry, sad and I wonder how we came to this. How is it possible that Trump came to power? We have to think internationally. It’s the whole world that could be at war and not just France. It is in the interest of everyone to come together and find the common cause that will make us change the system in depth and, yes, fight the people who want to carry out this war.”

Marine Le Pen’s party president, holocaust denier

This video about France says about itself:

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.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today, about France:

The interim president of the National Front, who replaced presidential candidate Marine Le Pen earlier this week, is already out because of previous statements about the Holocaust. Le Pen’s rival Macron reminded the French yesterday that Jean-François Jalkh in 2000 publicly doubted whether the Nazis really massacred Jews in gas chambers.

In the meantime, Jalkh has been replaced by Steeve Briois, mayor of Henin-Beaumont, the first municipality where the FN achieved an absolute majority. …

Le Pen has set aside the party presidency for a while to focus on her campaign in the run-up to May 7, the decisive round of the presidential elections.

That time France’s far-right national party unveiled a new name meant to distance itself from its anti-Semitic history and came up with one tied to Nazis.

Marine Le Pen gets 300,000 euros fine for fraud: here.