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Denounces Ukrainian Neo-Nazi US Hirelings.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the Ukraine (25th February).
This time it’s a coup! And once again, as one expects, propaganda is in full swing. The challenge is enormous and geopolitical. The offensive against Russia , led by the North Americans, in competition with the Germans in full swing. As is always the case, France has no independent policy….”
“Those in Europe and the United States who validate coups and insurgencies are preparing the way for tomorrow’s conflicts cross the continent. Russia will not let them get away with it. This is quite in order. Nor will the Ukrainian people let themselves be had. The healthy part of the Ukrainian people, freed from the tutelage of the corrupt elite, who had emerged as their spokesman and their government will take the initiative. You can count on a popular reaction against the extreme right coup that holds power today to the cheers of “the West.” The danger is that this violence may trigger the risk of a partition of the country that the “Western” offensive could cause. Without forgetting the traditional domino effects…..”
Mélenchon has since added – over the weekend - this observation,
The leader of the Left party said it was “absolutely predictable” that Russia would take “protective measures” in Crimea against the new “neo-Nazi” power and “coup”in the Ukraine.
The former candidate for President believes that “NATO and North Americans have been engaged for months in a provocation against Russia”. This was possible because of “the corruption and brutality” of the previous Ukrainian government. According to him, “thanks to the legitimate discontent of Ukrainians, the North Americans infiltrated people in their pay, including those who count amongst the most despicable and dangerous , especially the so-called Svoboda, which is a National Socialist Party that has engaged in multiple anti-Russian provocations ”
A huge row on the French left has erupted around these comments: Politis.
Amongst the reactions are accusations that Mélenchon is culpable of aligning himself with Russia’s President Putin and has insulted those killed by the Ukrainian riot police. His party, the Parti de gauche, as been called a “sect”.
The Fourth International has reproduced this declaration over the weekend,
This statement was made by the Central Committee of the Russian Socialist Federation on 1 March 2014. 
War has begun. With the aim of protecting and increasing the assets of the oligarchs in Russia and in Yanukovich’s coterie, Russia’s leadership has undertaken an invasion of Ukraine. This aggression threatens catastrophic consequences for the Ukrainian and Russian peoples — most especially for the population of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Ukraine’s southeastern industrial regions.
For Ukraine, this will also mean an escalation of ethnic conflicts; for Russia, a consolidation of dictatorial power, repression, and chauvinist hysteria, with which the ruling elite will be able to neutralize mass anger against a backdrop of deepening economic crisis. We share the concern of residents of the southeast over the nationalistic tendencies of the new authorities in Kyiv.
It is, however, our firm conviction that freedom will be won not by Putin’s tanks, but by self-organization and the people’s own struggle for their civil, political, and socio-economic rights.
It goes without saying that the peoples of Ukraine have a right of self-determination, of full autonomy and independence. But what we are seeing today has nothing to do with the democratic will of the masses. It is a brazen and cynical act of Russian imperialism, aimed at annexing foreign territory and converting Ukraine into part of Russia’s protectorate.
Today, the struggle for freedom in Russia is a struggle against the foreign policy adventurism of the current regime, which seeks collusion in forestalling its own end. The RSD calls on all sincere left and democratic forces to organize anti-war protests. Our demands:
NO RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN WAR! NO PROVOCATIONS TO BLOODSHED IN UKRAINE!
NO PITTING AGAINST ONE ANOTHER OF THE PEOPLES OF UKRAINE AND RUSSIA!
NO INTERVENTION BY THE ARMIES OF RUSSIA OR ANY OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AFFAIRS OF CRIMEA!
FREEDOM FROM DICTATORIAL ACTS AND PEACEABLE SELF-DETERMINATION FOR THE PENINSULA’S RESIDENTS!
YES TO THE UKRAINIAN WORKERS’ STRUGGLE AGAINST OLIGARCHS AND CORRUPT OFFICIALS! NO TO ETHNIC CONFLICTS!
In Deep Trouble.
Eric Coquerel of the Parti de gauche of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, writes today,
The turmoil this week has unfortunately confirmed that the contradictions of PCF makes it impossible to stay together, despite everything, for the launch of the European election campaign.
(Les soubresauts de cette semaine ont malheureusement confirmé que les contradictions du PCF rendent impossible de démarrer ensemble, malgré tout, la campagne européenne. )
There is a lot more, about the disagreements with the French Communist party over the local elections. The PCF has, in some cases, formed agreements with the ruling Parti Socialiste.
The sticking point is Paris where the PCF have put the Front de Gauche logo on a list arranged with the Socialists (see heavily over-written and wordy statement by the PdG).
The key part of this otherwise impenetrable text (backed by 97% of the party) is that the Parti de Gauche have issued an ultimatum to the Communists, to swear loyalty to them and that they will not form any alliance with the Socialists for the two elections of 2015, the cantonal and regional.
Those close to Pierre Laurent, the head of the PCF ,who is not on speaking terms with the PdG leader, say that Mélenchon, now decides everything – on his own – in the party. They comment that they, the Communists, are now expected to agree to whatever he says as well.
Nothing is clear about what will happen.
On France-Inter this morning it was reported that Mélenchon is flailing around, meeting with dissident Greens and Socialists, as well as the Nouveau parti anticapitaliste (NPA).
More in le Monde today.
Front National Enters Political Mainstream.
Adapted from Le Monde.
Today, 34% of French voters in the Le Monde survey (published in print yesterday) “back the ideas of the National Front “ . This an increase of two percentage points compared to 2013. 59% of respondents disagreed. Since the accession of Marine Le Pen to the presidency of the extreme right party, the level of support for the ideas of FN continues to increase : it was 22% during the inauguration of M me Le Pen 2011, jumping to 31% the following year and 32% in 2013.
Marine Le Pen’s image is winning, meanwhile, increasingly favourable opinions. 58% of respondents consider that she is “capable of appealing to people beyond her own constituency ” (+5 points), 56% that she “understands the ordinary concerns of French people” (+ 7 points) and 40% (+ 5 points) believe that she “has new ideas on how to solve the problems of France “ .
Another key point: 46% of respondents believe that M me Le Pen is “fairly representative of a straight forward patriotic right-wing attached to traditional values” (+ 2 points) against 43% who think it is “extreme right-wing nationalist and xenophobic party. “
However, Marine Le Pen is still unable to convince the French of the merits of the two fundamental points of her program: the euro and national preference (giving priority to French nationals in welfare, housing and jobs – a policy that marked legislation in 1932, during the French equivalent of the Great Depression: it fixed at 10% the number of foreign nationals in private firms, and 5% in public ones).
64% of respondents were opposed to the exit from the euro and a return to the Franc, against 29% who disagreed. Finally, in terms of employment , 72% of people are opposed to the “national preference”, against 24% who are in favour of such a measure.
The Le Monde survey is largely concerned with the image and the entry of the Front National into mainstream French politics.
For the European elections this year the FN is often predicted to lead the poll.
Opinion survey (January):
Front National 23%, l’UMP 21% (centre-right) Parti socialiste and Parti Radical de Gauche 18%.
L’Alternative, Jean-Louis Borloo and François Bayrou (centre) , 11% Front de Gauche , Jean-Luc Mélenchon (9%) ‘Europe Ecologie Les Verts (7%).
Debout la République 2,5% des suffrages,NPA (nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste Olivier Besancenot) 2% .
In the much difficult area to gauge by polls, the coming Municipal Elections (March), these are some representative figures,