Posts Tagged ‘French Politics’
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,
Demo Against LGBT, Sexual Equality and against ‘Familyphobia.”
The ‘Manif Pour Tous’ movement is calling for a massive demonstration in the centre of Paris on Sunday, February 2, to protest against same-sex marriage laws that were passed by Francois Hollande’s Socialist government in 2013.
The mobilisation is “Contre la familiphobie, les familles se mobilisent !”
This new “phobia” – against families – is apparently threatening France.
A central theme is opposition against “diffusion de l’idéologie du genre à l’école” which we have already blogged on.
The organisers aim to put an end to “ à tous ces projets LGBT et anti-famille que prépare le gouvernement” – all the LGBT and anti-family projects being prepared by the government.
Après avoir mené le combat contre le mariage homosexuel, la Manif pour Tous a appelé à manifester à Lyon et Paris contre la procréation médicalement assistée (PMA) aux couples de femmes, contre la gestation pour autrui (GPA) et contre l’«ABCD de l’égalité», un dispositif expérimental en primaire pour lutter contre les stéréotypes filles-garçons.
After having fought against gay marriage, la Manif pour Tous, has called for demonstration against Medically Assisted Procreation (MAP) for all-women couples, against surrogate motherhood, and against the “ABC of Equality” (taught in schools) *, and a measure put in place in primary schools to combat stereotyping ‘girls and boys’.
In fact present legislation does not envisage giving PM treatment to lesbian couples, nor to authorise surrogate motherhood.
The Police, the paper further reports, are concerned that a delegation of Hussiers – court officials - will take part in this march – presumably to act as “official” monitors.
The ABCD of Equality: a means of fighting straight from school age against inequalities between girls and boys.
The objective: “Transmettre des valeurs d’égalité et de respect entre les filles et les garçons, les femmes et les hommes, est une des missions essentielles de l’école, au fondement de la réussite de tous les élèves, les filles comme les garçons.”
Communicate the values of equality and respect between girls and boys, women and men – one of the essential objectives of Schooling, and the basis for achievement by all pupils, girls and boys.
The French government is fighting to break a school boycott by parents convinced that their children are being taught masturbation and a non-existent “gender theory” as part of an effort to promote equality between the sexes.
The boycott, which started on Monday and is reported to have affected about 100 schools, was in response to a call by Farida Belghoul, a film-maker and novelist who started a political life as an anti-racist activist but is now close to far-right ideologue Alain Soral, who in turn is an ally of controversial comedian Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala.
She and her supporters claimed that the ABCD of Equality, an effort to combat gender inequality in education and employment being tried out in several areas of the country since last autumn, teaches pupils that sexual differences are socially constructed, leading to little boys be told to wear dresses and children being invited to choose their sexuality.
“Under the pretext of the struggle for equality and against homophobic discrimination” gay rights activists are discussing ‘homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality” in class, the organisers’ website declares.
About 100 schools have been affected so far.
The government has reacted.
“French Education Minister Vincent Peillon ordered principals across the country to summon any parent keeping their child from school in order to dispel the rumour and remind the adults that school is compulsory.
“The national school system is in no way teaching gender theory. It teaches equality from all points of view, and in particular, equality between women and men,” Peillon said.”
Amongst the lies spread are these (le Monde):
- A “gender ideology” will be imposed by impose to create a “a society based on sexual orientation that become the foundation of law and equality”
- Teaching “gender theory” will become mandatory
- A document has been distributed in primary schools teaching “gender theory”
- Masturbation would be promoted from kindergarten
- The government will ban home schooling
According to Rue 69 those spreading these rumours take their ‘evidence’ from German and Swiss sex-eduction material.
Such as this,
They claim that this leaflet will be given to children,
Most of those promoting this hysteria are from the Catholic, anti-Gay, far right.
But according to a spokesperson for the North African feminist group, Ni Putes Ni Soumises, on France-Inter this morning, some Imams in Mosques have also been promoting the calls for boycotts.
The Collectif Mussulmans pour l’enfance is one of the forces involved in this campaign.
Farida Belghoul, who is at the head of this wave of bigotry, is from an Algerian family,.
She played a role in the 1983 Marche pour l’égalité, the anti-racist demonstration that gave birth to SOS Racisme.
Her activity against the so-called ’théorie du genre‘ has brought her to public attention again.
On the 13th of December she launched a call for a « Journée de retrait de l’école » – a day boycott of schools.
The protest is to demand that “gender theory” is banned in schools
She has also announced that 2004 will be the « l’année de la robe », (the year of the dress), calling for women to wear dresses and leave trousers to men.
More on how this panic has been spread: Conspiracy Watch.
And a dosssier on France-Culture.
Dieudonné: Backs his Fascist Mates Today.
Catholic fundamentalists, ‘bonnets rouges’ (those protesting against taxes), far right Islamophobic activists, supporters of Dieudonné: a nameless political magma has called for a demonstration in Paris this Sunday in a big “Day of Rage”. The event, prepared since last autumn, has gathered nearly 30 000 members on Facebook.
The organisers hope to raise a motley crowd gathered around a slogan: “Holland resign!”. On its website the Day of Rage invokes a jumble of causes, “fiscal overkill, peasant poverty, unemployment, insecurity, the bankruptcy of National Education, the destruction of the family, contempt of the French identity, violations of freedom and denial of democracy “ . Libération.
The list of causes is long, and it is best to look at the article to go through them. The majority are from the populist extreme right, including the ultra-Catholic wing.
Venez nombreux le 26 janvier à 14H place de la bastille ! et ne vous fiez pas aux rumeurs comme quoi la manif serait anti islam ! c’est faux !
Come in droves for the 26th of January, Place de la Bastille. Don’t believe the rumours that the demo will be anti-Islam – that’s false!
He cannot be at the march itself (he’s playing in Bordeaux today), but Dieudonné asks for his supporters to stand behind the ” Liberté D’expression” banner of Alain Soral.
This is what Soral has said about ‘Zionist-Jews’,
When you’re talking with a Frenchman who is a Zionist Jew, and you start to say, well maybe there are problems coming from your side, maybe you might have made a few mistakes, it’s not always the fault of other people if no-one can stand you wherever you go… because that’s basically their general history, you see… for 2,500 years, every time they settled somewhere, after about fifty years or so, they get kicked. You’d think that’s strange! It’s as though everyone is wrong except them. And the guy will start shouting, yelling, going mad… you won’t be able to carry on with the conversation. Which, to sum it all up, tells you that there’s a psychopathology with Zionism Judaism, something that verges on mental illness… Here.
It will be interesting to see if many of Maghrebin descent will turn up to stand shoulder to shoulder with the French fascists.