Friday, April 28, 2017

Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite in France?

Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite in France?

by Stephen Lendman

Its deplorable policies belie its national motto - first declared during its 1789 - 99 revolution, overthrowing monarchal rule, establishing the First French Republic in 1792.

When the 1848 Constitution was drafted, it was considered a “principle of the Republic.” July 14, Bastille Day, represents transferring power from the monarchy to the people.

The national motto was written into the 1946 and 1958 Constitutions. It’s part of France’s national heritage, inscribed on the pediments of public buildings, appearing on coins, postage stamps and elsewhere.

Modern French governance is deplorable, its sovereignty sacrificed to Brussels, a US-dominated NATO member, an imperial American partner.

After its May 7 runoff election, it’s likely to stay that way - establishment favorite Emmanuel Macron heavily favored to win.

French aristocracy loves him, strongly opposes Le Pen for wanting national sovereignty regained, an anathema notion for globalists, a scheme to enrich privileged elites at the expense of most others.

Hoping to distance herself from unpopular National Front policies, she announced she’s no longer its president, stressing “I am the candidate for the French presidency.”

Explaining her move, she said it’s to be “above partisan considerations.” She faces a daunting task of winning over enough undecided voters and others supporting defeated candidates.

Polls aren’t encouraging, showing Macron heavily favored. On May 7, voters will choose a new president.

Hugely unpopular Francois Hollande’s tenure will end days later, continuity under Macron likely to follow.

French media and establishment figures already proclaimed him the winner. Le Pen warned he’ll “destroy (the) entire (French) social and economic structure.”

It’s already in shambles after five disastrous Hollande years. Under him, his recent predecessors, with Macron likely France’s next president, dirty business as usual should replace its Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite national motto.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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