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 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.