Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mélenchon's Revealing Gaffe

In his "resistance proclamation" on Saturday, Jean-Luc Mélenchon praised the politics of the street, which he said had toppled kings, would-be reformers, and Nazis--implying that he would take his movement to the streets to stop the would-be reformer Macron.

Mélenchon, who is often praised for his "historical culture" as well as his eloquence, was here either ignorant or willfully blind, as Jean-Claude Mailly reminded him:

Jean-Claude Mailly a jugé "choquants" dimanche les propos tenus la veille par Jean-Luc Mélenchon, le secrétaire général de FO estimant que la rue n'a pas "abattu" le régime nazi, et l'a même "amené d'une certaine manière".
"Le régime nazi, c'est pas la rue qui l'a abattu, ce sont les alliés, ce sont les Américains, ce sont les Russes à une époque, etc (...) Si on connait un peu son histoire, c'est même la rue qui a amené le nazisme d'une certaine manière, donc il faut faire attention à ce que l'on dit", a déclaré M. Mailly lors de l'émission Le Grand Jury de RTL/Le Figaro/LCI.
(h/t Bert)


Massilian said...

Right he is. Thanks Mailly. There aren't too many people who addressed this matter at the proper level. It was much too easy for the Grand Timonier to pretend to be upset and misunderstood because he never compared Macron to Hitler.
No he didn't but what he said was much worse than that. He lied.
I want to see the pictures of the huge crowds in the streets banging casseroles and shouting : "Hitler à la porte !". Not only here in France but anywhere else in Europe. The true Résistance that he likes to quote, wasn't demonstrations in the street. The allied forces didn't crush the nazis with pots and pans.
This man has dangerous sickening "bouffées délirantes" (outbursts of delirium ?) during which he sees himself as the heir of Napoleon Castro.

Rédaction Contreligne said...

Clear now that Melenchon is just a bad clown, a farcical chap, someone between Maurice Thorez and Beppe Grillo.

St. Al.

brent said...

Caught up in his own rhetorical figure about "la rue," Mélenchon made a silly remark about repelling the Nazis. On the other hand (if anyone actually listened to the speech), his larger point was not at all silly: popular protest has indeed shaped policy in France over many decades, and JLM cited many, many instances to prove it. In saying this, he was correcting Macron's altogether dubious claim to the contrary. On the question of historical accuracy, Mélenchon wins the point (apart from that one silly phrase).

But the most salient fact of the exchange is the rather savage and altogether counter-factual response of Macron's defenders (Penicaud, Mailly, et al.) who quite deliberately distorted JLM's point, claiming weirdly that he had conflated Nazis with good republicans or (in Mailly's case) blaming the June 1940 disaster on popular protest. The dignity Macron brings to his public discourse was wildly abandoned by his self-appointed spokespersons in their hast to slander the leader of a small opposition movement. What are they afraid of?

Art Goldhammer said...

Well, I did listen to his speech, Brent, and for the life of me I couldn't tell you what he is actually proposing other than "No!" to what Macron is proposing. Yes, the street may "shape" French politics, but it can also be a purely reactionary force.