Sunday, May 1, 2011

"La France libre"

It used to be the Communists--"le parti des 75,000 fusillés"--who  most strenuously claimed the mantle of the Resistance. The Gaullists, once the war was over, preferred the role of le parti de l'ordre. But now--incredibly--it's the Front National, which Marine Le Pen wants to cast henceforth as the champion of "la France libre." Of course she has her own idea of what free France means:


Mais la grande affaire du discours, a été “la France libre”. C’est-à dire, pour Marine Le Pen, la reconquête par la France de sa souveraineté, qui a été confisquée par l’Europe et diverses institutions internationales. “La France doit s’affranchir d’une Union européenne qui n’a eu de cesse de nous affaiblir et de réduire nos libertés” a t-elle indiqué. Et mettant en avant son projet de “République référendaire”, elle a promis un référendum sur le sujet en des termes un peu abscons.
Puisqu’il y a combat pour la France libre, il y a désormais les résistants et les “collabos”.  Les résistants, c’est le FN. Les ennemis, ceux qui ont choisi “le confort de la servilité”sont nombreux. Il y a les “euromaniaques”, “les gouvernants de gauche et de droite qui ont consenti à l’entreprise anti-républicaine d’écrasement de la souveraineté”, plus généralement les “élites autoproclamées”.Par ailleurs, Marine Le Pen s’en est pris à tous ceux qui, à ses yeux, tuent tout débat: “les pseudos-experts”, “les nouveaux prêtres de la mondialisation”.Sur deux registres, la numéro un du FN s’est montrée particulièrement virulente: celui de la liberté syndicale et celui de la liberté de la presse. 
On this latter point, MLP apparently senses an opportunity in coming to the defense of a group of writers who have lately been dubbed "neo-reactionaries" in certain quarters.
La presse devra être libérée de la dictature de la bien pensance et de la pression des intérêts politiques ou financiers”. Elle a pris la défense de Elisabeth Levy, Robert Ménard, Eric Zemmour, Philippe Cohen, Natacha Polony, Luc Ferry, Frédéric Taddeï, Emmanuel Todd et Ivan Rioufol, qu’elle juge “victime des petits Torquemadas des temps modernes”, citant explicitement le Nouvel Observateur.
MLP may be defending the unions, but the unions aren't defending her:

Syndicalistes ou pas syndicalistes?  Un “cortège de syndicalistes frontistes” devait être dans les premiers rangs du défilé. Ce cortège s’est réduit à deux personnes (Thierry Gourlot et Fabien Engelmann) tenant une petite banderole :”Pour un syndicalisme national”. 

And some who are supporting the FN have been told to clean up their act:
Les skins font peau neuve. Dans le cortège qui a réuni entre 3200 participants selon la police et 20000 selon le FN, nous avons pu reconnaitre les skinheads déjà présents l’an passé, mais qui cette fois, étaient habillés “casual”, c’est-à-dire “polo-jean-baskets”. Bref les skins ont fait peau neuve. Les consignes de la direction du FN avaient averti les responsables départementaux de ne pas faire monter dans les cars toute personne ayant un look de skinheads ou en “treillis-rangers”. 

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Levy, Ménard, Zemmour, I can see why. Polony even - she writes on education for Le Figaro and thinks 6th grade should only be accessible to those who passed a selective entrance exam and are ready for a "classical" education.
But many are incongruous: Luc Ferry - a philosopher from the classical right/center right; Frédéric Taddéï, intellectual on the left who presents the daily Ce soir ou jamais, where intellectuals go to debate about everything, every day... until June when the program will be cancelled and replaced with a weekly program; Emmanuel Todd, quite on the left and the author of _Après l'Empire_ which used to sound exagerated and doesn't so much anymore although it's still pretty anti-american; Ivan Rioufol is just your basic Figaro columnist...
It's really strange!

Anonymous said...

Very shrewd positioning.
Certainly as astute as that interview for the NYT...

Something shocking: the May1 traditional marches brought about 100,000+ people, the FN march brought about 10,000 people, which to me clearly indicates the "traditional republican May Day parade" represents the overwhelming majority of French people... and yet the FN march is dubbed a success and is made front-page news here.

I'm also curious as to why she'd want to defend Frédéric Taddéi, whose magazine can't be a favorite among those who vote for the FN; its official purpose is "the news seen by culture". It's a daily intellectual round table of sorts with feminists, philosophers, artists, thinkers, writers, and the occasional politician - none of whom is likely to defend anything remotely close to what the FN defends. It's on at 11pm on France 3 and if you want to check it out, it's here:
http://ce-soir-ou-jamais.france3.fr/?page=accueil

Myos

Anonymous said...

*"here"= in France (not "on the blog")

Barbara Fritchie said...

Communists, Socialists, Le Penistes; totalitarians all.
May Day, a Communist holiday will now be remembered as the day Osama Bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals 6. 
Bin Laden is dead . God Bless America! Justice is done!

Anonymous said...

Barbara, you don't know your history: May Day is celebrated in remembrance of an American massacre, when Americans shot other Americans. It became a symbol because Americans rose over this drama to make fairer laws.
MLP is not totalitarian, she's closer to Southwestern Tea Partiers in terms of extreme-right thinking.
As for confusing the current PCF, the soviets, the PS, and the FN, well, I won't even go there.

Myos

Anonymous said...

Barbara re Osama-
And you are happy to accept that a DNA test can be done as described in 24 hours or that the best way to prove the MayDay massacre was to dump the body at sea?
Strong smell of fish in my nostrils.

Barbara Fritchie said...

Myos-  How about some actual History instead of the emotional pop culture clap trap offered up by you? Do you also wear a Che Guevara T- shirt & have his poster over your bed?
 As for real American History, do you even have a hint as to who Barbara Fritchie is?
May 1st was proclaimed as International Wortker's Day by the socialist Second International to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair.
  May 1 has never been a holiday never celebrated in the US. 
Labor Day in the US is a Legal Holiday celebrated on the last weekend of August. It was specifically done that way to differentiate it from the Socialist/Communist/Anarchist May 1. 
  Americans did not "rise up to make fairer laws" in the 19th century. 
  The Clayton Act of 1914 was the first set of laws enacted relating to Labor and anti-trust.

Almost all Labor Law in the US was enacted under FDR's New Deal after 1933. 

As for MLP, she has absolutely nothing in common with the Tea Party, South Western (sic) or otherwise. The Tea Party is a grass roots movement, not a Political Party. It does not run candidates, and members come from all parts of the country, all levels of society, but are mainly hardworking folks who want their elected officials to be accountable to the folks who put them in power. Their issues are mainly economic, fiscal, and preservation of individual rights. 
  MLP, Socialists, Communists, Greens & every shade of red, are Statists who believe in the power of the State over the rights of the individual set forth in our Founding Documents, The US Constitution and The Declaration of Independence. 
  Tocqueville himself warned against this possibility of what he called "soft tyranny". Americans listened up. Apparently even the French ignored him warnings. 
  
  

Barbara Fritchie said...

@Anon:  
The US Military and the CIA have been preparing for this day since 911. 
DNA was given years ago by Bin Laden's sister and analyzed. The DNA match between siblings has an accuracy within 99%. He  was visually ID by the Navy Seals who offered him the chance to surrender; he refused, they shot him in the head. 
  Osama's body sleeps with the fishes; his final resting place is no rest, and a lot hotter.

Barbara Fritchie said...

Addendum:
Assassinating a mass murderer like Osama, responsible for the deaths of many thousands of innocent civilians in NY, DC, PA, London, Madrid, Bali, various American Embassies and the crew of the USS Cole is hardly a massacre; it is justice.
He was given a burial at sea, in accordance with Islamic Law because no country would accept the body. It wasn't "dumped", but given a religious burial, which is far more than was given those innocent souls blown to smithereens, with no remains for their grieving loved ones to bury.

Anonymous said...

Barbara Fritchie, eh? Any relation to John Greenleaf Whittier's "Barbara Frietchie": "Shoot, if you must, this old gray head/But spare your country's flag,' she said." Or perhaps you're related to Cincinna, who used to comment on this blog with views quite similar to yours.