Macron: loathed by many, liked by few

France's version of democracy has given the country a 'dead duck' of a President who only entered office on account of votes cast against Marine Le Pen, writes Christopher Goff.

People should never vote against someone. Voting against someone is one of the greatest pitfalls of democracy, and it is the preserve of scheming liberals, totally lacking in vision, who seek to deny politicians with vision their rightful victory. Voting against someone is usually to vote in favour of the status quo, so that nothing changes. And when leaders and administrations do not renew the result can be years of political stagnation.

While Emmanuel Macron's En Marche! is in theory a new political party, it offers nothing but a tired-out, centrist, pro-EU, globalist agenda which more and more ordinary Europeans are increasingly turning against, both at the polls and in the streets. Macron's resolute support for globalism means that lots of French citizens now view him with deep suspicion, including even a significant number of the people who voted for him, if not in the first round of the presidential elections, well then certainly in the second.

And this is Macron's big problem: not that many people actually voted for him. In the second round of last year's [2017] elections, Macron went head-to-head with far-right leader Marine Le Pen and in so doing benefited from a large number of votes cast by people whose sole objective was one of keeping Marine Le Pen out of office. It was a damning indictment of French-style democracy.

Originally formed in opposition to Macron's green tax hike on diesel, the Gilets Jaunes movement has grown into a political insurgency which has President Macron firmly in its sights. Protestors see Macron as representing a global elite rather than someone who has at heart the interests of ordinary French men and women.

Personally, I think public opinion galvanized against Macron a month or so ago when speaking at the Armistice Day centennial commemorations in Paris, he said that "Nationalism is treason". Nailing his globalist colours so strongly to the mast was ill advised. Macron continued: "If we think our interests may only come first and we don’t care for others, it is a treason of our values, a betrayal of all moral values". Only there must have been a lot of ordinary French people listening to his words and who in response thought to themselves that actually, it is the French people who should come first. Oh, and beware the politician that confounds morals and politics.

President Trump might just be looking across the Atlantic and to what is happening in France with a certain amount of – for want of a better word – satisfaction. Despite the initial entente cordiale between the two, Trump has become Macron's antithesis. Where Trump avowed to put Americans first and to 'Make America great again', Macron chooses instead to align himself more closely with Europe's chief cheerleader for multiculturalism and architect of Germany's open borders policy, Angela Merkel. Lots say that Macron is intent on inheriting Merkel's de-facto leadership of the EU when she steps down from her position as German Chancellor in 2021.

While the campaign against Macron is reportedly being spearheaded by both far-right and far-left elements, it is the far-right who lay greatest claim to aggrievement because it was of course Marine Le Pen who went head-to-head with Macron in the second round of the French presidential elections and not far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. I am also inclined to think that the Gilets Jaunes movement is more inspired by far-right activists than far-left given the markedly non-urban demographic of the majority of its participants. And not only that, but Reds would never turn up on a demonstration carrying the French tricolour, just like they would never sing La Marseillaise.

But perhaps more than anything else, I think the Gilets Jaunes movement is a product of the growing discontent felt amongst ordinary Europeans with the prevailing system of democracy, although I would concede that the Yellow Vests tend not to articulate their grievances in quite this kind of way. Democracy has failed Europeans. Democracy subjugates ordinary Europeans in so far as it disenfranchises them from the political system. Democracy only allows 'approved' politicians and political parties access to power. Democracy is the system under which Europeans are prosecuted for daring to question their replacement with non-Europeans. And democracy will be the death of Europe for it is every bit a death-cult for Europeans.

And what better evidence of the abject failure of democracy when the French people are saddled with a President liked by so few? Approval ratings for President Macron are at an all time low. An Ifop-Fiducial survey carried out for Paris Match and Sud Radio at the start of December [2018] showed Macron's approval rating to be running at just 23%. His dismal rating is in stark contrast to that of the Gilets Jaunes who reportedly have the support of around 72% of the French public. Macron has indeed managed to unite the French people, only in opposition to himself.

The disconnect between ordinary French people and the liberal elite who have their hands on the reigns of power is a seismic one, and I doubt very much that the two sides will be reconciled anytime soon. I would even go so far as stating that France has some of the look and feel of 1930s Germany in so far as some of the conditions that led to the rise of National Socialism in Germany are prevailing in France today. The French people want freedom from the control of an international, moneyed-elite exactly as the German people did in the 1930s. And the French want a leader who will put the interests of French people first.

Copyright © Christopher Goff
Tag: France
Uploaded: 10 December, 2018.