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French Left Mobilises Against Sarkozy’s ‘Politics of Hate’.

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Face à la xénophobie et à la politique du pilori : liberté, égalité, fraternité!

There is no summer-holiday truce for the French left’s protests against President Sarkozy’s racist rabble-rousing. The Nouveau parti anticapitaliste has joined, with the rest of the left, unions, civil liberties and other associations, in this appeal.

Il est urgent que l’ensemble de la gauche sociale et politique, les organisation syndicales, les associations réagissent tous ensemble pour stopper cette politique anti-sociale et de criminalisation des étrangers.

It is urgent that the whole of the social and political left, trade unions, and other groups, act together to put a stop the these anti-social policies, and the criminalisation of the foreigners.

Près de 50 organisations appellent à manifester, le 4 septembre, à partir de 14h, Place de la République et dans plusieurs villes de France.

More than 50 organisations have called for demonstrations on the 4th of September, Place de la République, Paris, and in many other French cities and towns.

Le NPA sera présent pour signifier son rejet de la politique raciste, sécuritaire et anti-sociale du gouvernement, son refus de toute législation d’exception inspirée de celle de Vichy sur la déchéance de nationalité …

The NPA will attend to express its rejection of the racist, repressive and anti-social policies of the Government. We oppose attempts to employ ’emergency’  legislation, inspired by the Vichy regime, such as removing (French) nationality (from those convicted by the courts).

(More Here, National Appeal Here)

The NPA links Sarkozy’s ‘security’ clamp-down (on travellers, foreigners, young people) to wider issues. These include austerity plans – affecting the pension system.

In Britain the Liberal-Tory Coalition austerity plans have a different rationale. But they seem to involve a comparable level  of hysteria. In this case it’s against the unemployed. Migrants and tavellers are, nevertheless, also attacked.

Will we see this increase?

One wonders if Cameron and Clegg will look to Sarkozy for some helpful tips.

It is worth mentioning that not only does Sarkozy’s UMP party contain ‘liberals’, and ‘centrists. Amongst his cabinet ministers there are individuals from the ‘diversity’ and the ‘left’ (Bernard Kouchner foreign affairs). Important as well is that  the UMP acts as a ‘coalition’ in the National Assembly with the ‘nouveau centre’ grouping (in English here).

Written by Andrew Coates

August 12, 2010 at 10:44 am

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  1. Anything a conservative government does induces a certain level of hysteria from the left.


    August 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

  2. Nick

    August 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm

  3. Not true Kev, if Cameron stopped breathing I’d have a long relaxing draught of Abbot Ale.

    Thanks Nick btw.

    Andrew Coates

    August 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm

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