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22 April, 2017

French election: it's 'now or never' for Europe to escape the neoliberal nightmare

by system failure

Donald Trump couldn't hold his anxiety to support Marine Le Pen for tomorrow's presidential election in France and actually gave us a 'tip' of what the establishment could do to boost her ratings: “Donald Trump has claimed a terror attack that left a police officer dead in Paris will 'probably help' far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France's upcoming election. While Mr Trump said he was not explicitly endorsing Ms Le Pen, he believes she will be helped by the attack that also saw two officers injured, because she's the candidate who is 'strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France.'

Indeed, the recent terror attack in France came chronically 'conveniently' close to the presidential election. The result could be Le Pen's ratings to get a little boosting due to this event. IndeedA terror attack three days before France's presidential election left voters on edge, a mood that could boost far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who wants to crack down on immigration. 'We would like to believe there will be no impact on Sunday's elections, but while in the voting booth, when the moment comes to cast the ballot in the box, I think it will have a subliminal psychological impact on some people,' said Alexis Madelenat, 42, a tech senior executive in Paris.” Well, it's not the first time it happens. As described previously:

... we had the November 2015 Paris attacks which was the main event that boosted Marine Le Pen's percentage on the French regional elections, and the San Bernardino shooting in California. Right after the Bernardino incident, Le Pen's National Front marked an unprecedented victory in the first round of the French regional elections. Sarkozy wasn't so effective as it was Cameron in the UK to attract voters with his rhetoric.

Seeing Le Pen's huge success in France, and on the occasion of Bernardino incident, Trump expanded his Far-Right rhetoric against Muslims. Especially inside GOPs, Trump leads the race of the increasing Right-wing conservatism in the US.

A huge race has started between all the politicians across the Right-wing spectrum in the West. In their effort to gain votes, everyone adopts the extreme far-Right rhetoric, slipping dangerously towards racism and fascism. But make no mistake, none of them will abandon the big-capital neoliberal agenda, even if they have to retreat from their "patriotic" stance after their possible election.

It seems that the unexpected rapid rise of the Leftist leader, Jean-Luc Mélenchon has terrified the neoliberal establishment in France and other European power centers. The elites don't want to risk a possible presence of Mélenchon in the second round. In case that they lose their favorite candidate, the liberal Thatcherite and former banker Emmanuel Macron, they certainly prefer the Far-Right Le Pen against the Leftist Mélenchon.

Le Pen may win due to the 'advantage' of anti-immigrant rhetoric against the Left, especially in times where terror attacks have become routine in France. Yet, it is highly doubtful that she will keep her promises to fight the current status, if we see what happened with Donald Trump in the United States only a few months after his election.

The mouthpieces of the establishment are using another argument to downgrade the Leftist option. They present Greece as a failure of the Leftist government to fulfill its promises to the Greek people. Alexis Tsipras is presented as a Leftist leader who surrendered completely to the European neoliberal establishment, adopting austerity measures. While this is not far from truth, most of the times the mouthpieces deliberately ignore the fact that this has happened under a clear blackmail of a sudden death for the Greek economy by the ECB.

However, France is not Greece and Mélenchon is certainly not Tsipras. The specific weight of France could turn the European ship away from the balance of terror between the nightmares of neoliberalism and the Far-Right. It depends on the French people. It's time to go and vote massively for the Left as the only hope towards a truly democratic and humanitarian Europe.

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The establishment in panic will attempt to "bury" Jean-Luc Mélenchon as it did with Bernie Sanders

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