Yellow Vest Win: Proving that Western Liberal Democracy is the same old autocracy

 — The Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker blog

If we say that the Yellow Vests are not socialist revolutionaries even latently, then what are they protesting about?

To put it the most simply: they are protesting the end of European Social Democracy, with the limited protections it provided.

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France has been killing civilians in the Donbass since yesterday

Tuesday, 7 June 2022 — Donbass Insider

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It is now official: French Caesar guns opened fire yesterday on civilian areas in the Donbass and Donetsk. The information came from the CtsKK, the government service of the Donetsk Republic, which is responsible for recording all Ukrainian fire on civilian areas. It was then relayed by the DPR authorities. Every day, the very brave officials of this service go to the scene of the bombing, risking their lives. They often arrive within minutes of the bombing, with the significant possibility of more fire falling in the area. This work is very meticulous, with officers systematically collecting the various pieces of shrapnel and debris from the shells or ammunition to determine the weapons used. The time of the shooting, the victims, their identities, the testimonies of the owners of the affected properties, everything is carefully collected and then entered into a database of testimonies. Driving around Donetsk and the Donbass, they are accompanied by the Military Police and are themselves officials of the Ministry of Defense. Since yesterday, they have established that French guns are killing civilians on the rear of the Donbass front.

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“Do You Want a War Between Russia and NATO?”

Wednesday, 9 February, 2022 — The New Dark Age

By Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely crossposted

ISTANBUL – Emmanuel Macron is no Talleyrand. Self-promoted as “Jupiterian”, he may have finally got down to earth for a proper realpolitik insight while ruminating one of the former French Minister of Foreign Affairs key bon mots: “A diplomat who says ‘yes’ means ‘maybe’, a diplomat who says ‘maybe’ means ‘no’, and a diplomat who says ‘no’ is no diplomat.”

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Le Monde’s circus invite: ‘France is a leftist country which votes right’

Friday, 28 January 2022 — The Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog

In less than three months France will have a presidential vote, and I haven’t written much about it because I’ve been too occupied with what I humbly hope will be the authoritative book on the Yellow Vest movement. The working title is France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values.

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DEATH by Vaccine “legally considered suicide” French Court Rules

17 January 2022 —

“The court recognizes the classification of the insurer who, in view of the announced side effects, including death, legally regards participation in the phase three experiment, whose proven harmlessness is not given, as voluntarily taking a fatal risk that is not covered by the contract and legally recognized as suicide.”

Life Insurance Company Denies Claim of Vax Victim Since Jab is Experimental

What Is France Hiding in the Sahel?

10 November 2021 — MintPress News

France’s Imperial Maneuvers

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Reexamining and recalibrating its foreign policy towards Africa is something that may not appeal to France right now but it’s something that must be done.

By Clinton Nzala 

BAMAKO, MALI — On the 8th of October, Choguel Maïga, the prime minister of Mali, boldly informed the world that its former colonial power, France, was sponsoring terrorists in the country’s northern region. Standing before dozens of cameras and microphones, he provided details on how the French army had established an enclave in the northern town of Tidal and handed it over to well-known terrorist groups. The revelation was shocking not simply for the serious nature of the accusation but because in past times West African leaders have rarely sparred so openly with the French government. A chain of events simmering in the background for weeks triggered the latest spat.

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Ruckus over AUKUS isn’t an edifying sight

20 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and US President Joe Biden enjoy a light moment at the G7, Cornwall, UK, June 12, 2021

The diplomatic fallout from the new security agreement between the Australia, United Kingdom and the United States [AUKUS] is just about beginning. The debris will take time to clean up. Might there be some lasting damage?

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Thousands march across France as nationwide opposition to domestic Covid ID shows no signs of fizzling out

31 July 2021 — RT

Demonstrators have flooded the streets of cities and towns across France for the third straight week as citizens continue to resist the government’s plan to require a health pass to engage in several ordinary activities.

Huge crowds turned out in Paris on Saturday as riot police attempted to corral the seemingly endless columns of protesters filling the capital’s main thoroughfares. Drumming, chanting and exploding firecrackers could be heard in a Ruptly livestream of the massive demonstration. The protesters could be heard shouting “Liberty!” as they snaked their way through the city’s streets.

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The Paris Commune: Marx, Mao, Tomorrow

30 May 2021 — Monthly Review

By Alain Badiou

Illustration of the Paris Commune from Cassell's History of England

Illustration of the Paris Commune adapted from the century edition of Cassell’s History of England, (ca. 1900)

Alain Badiouis a French philosopher, formerly chair of philosophy at the École normale supérieure and founder of the faculty of philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII. He is the author of numerous books and essays.

This essay is adapted and updated from Polemics, translated by Steve Corcoran (London: Verso, 2006). The new sections have been translated by James Membrez.

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France defies European court ruling upholding right to boycott Israel

18 November 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

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A protester in Toulouse wears a poster depicting President Emmanuel Macron as Marshal Pétain, the Nazi collaborator who headed France’s World War II puppet regime, May 2019. Thousands of people in France are convicted each year for the vaguely defined offense of “contempt of public officials.” – Patrick Batard ABACA

The government of President Emmanuel Macron is defying a landmark judgment from the European Court of Human Rights that protects the right of people to call for a boycott of Israeli products.

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Covid: a curfew for what?

27 October 2020 — Voltaire Network

by Thierry Meyssan

The French were stunned to learn that their government considers a public order measure, a curfew, to be effective in preventing an epidemic. Everyone, having understood that no virus breaks according to schedules set by decree, and given the many previous mistakes, asks the angry question: A curfew for what?

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President Emmanuel Macron had chosen the star journalists of France2 and TF1, Anne-Sophie Lapix and Gilles Bouleau, to interview him on the Covid-19 epidemic. He announced a curfew to them as a health measure.

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Watch: COVID Vérité: Leading French Expert Destroys Gov’t Case for Masks and Lockdown

27 August 2020 — 21st Century Wire

For months, government officials in countries like the United States and Britain have been claiming that the world is in the midst of an unprecedented ‘pandemic’. But how much of this crisis is truly down to a pathogen and how much is really down to governments’ reactionary lockdown policies? Are decisions really being made based on sound science, or are they being made based on hype and hysteria?

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Macron wounded, but still eyeing austerity

11 July 2020 — Red Flag
Macron wounded, but still eyeing austerityThe second round of the French local elections, at the end of June, was bad news for president Emmanuel Macron, whose candidates did very poorly. In response, Macron switched prime ministers, replacing high-profile operator Edouard Philippe with an unknown right winger, Jean Castex, whose previous experience consisted mostly of being mayor of a town with 6,000 inhabitants. “I’m not looking for the limelight”, confirmed Castex on the day of his appointment. Meanwhile, mobilisations for Black lives and working-class anger at austerity and job losses have marked the month since the raising of the lockdown. What are the prospects for the year to come?

WHO’s Conflict of Interest?

1 July 2020 — American Herald Tribune

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Last week the French National Assembly convened an inquiry into the “genealogy and chronology”  of the Coronavirus crisis to examine the evident failures in its handling and will interview government ministers, experts and health advisors over the next six months. While we in the English-speaking world may have heard endless arguments over the failures of the UK or US governments to properly prepare for and cope with the health-care emergency, the crisis and problems in the French health system and bureaucracy have been similar and equally serious. Given the global cooperation and collaboration of health authorities and industry, the inquiry has global significance.

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Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure

26 March 2020 — Asia Times

The French government is arguably helping Big Pharma profit from the Covid-19 pandemic

By Pepe Escobar

What’s going on in the fifth largest economy in the world arguably points to a major collusion scandal in which the French government is helping Big Pharma to profit from the expansion of Covid-19. Informed French citizens are absolutely furious about it.

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France at a Crossroads

24 January 2020 — The Bullet

Richard Greeman

The nationwide general strike in France, now entering its record seventh week, seems to be approaching its crisis point. Despite savage police repression, about a million people are in the streets protesting President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed neoliberal “reform” of France’s retirement system, established at the end of World War II and considered one of the best in the world. At bottom, what is at stake is a whole vision of what kind of society people want to live in – one based on cold market calculation or one based on human solidarity – and neither side shows any sign of willingness to compromise.

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French Popular Uprising: Revolution or Frozen Conflict?

17 January 2020 — Consortium News

This conflict is essentially over policies that put the avaricious demands of financial markets ahead of the needs of the people, writes Diana Johnstone.

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Striking ballet dancers perform at the entrance to the Opera Garnier in Paris, Dec. 24, 2019. (YouTube screenshot)

By Diana Johnstone
in Paris
Special to Consortium News

The people are angry with their government.  Where? Just about everywhere. So what makes ongoing strikes in France so special?  Nothing, perhaps, except a certain expectation based on history that French uprisings can produce important changes – or if not, can at least help clarify the issues in contemporary social conflicts.

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France News Links 11-18 January 2020

18 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

Patrick Armstrong on the Russian Reshuffle
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/01/18/patrick-armstrong-on-the-russian-reshuffle/

Are France’s unions even trying to win the General Strike?
http://thesaker.is/are-frances-unions-even-trying-to-win-the-general-strike/

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A news chronology of France in 2019: The year of Yellow Vest rebellion

24 December, 2019 — Greanville Post

Please make sure these dispatches reach as many readers as possible. Share with kin, friends and workmates and ask them to do likewise.

This is part of a series of dispatches by correspondent Ramin Mazaheri


One of the Gilets’s strengths has been their relative decentralisation, but taking on a well armed and organised state requires far more coordination. Spontaneity can go only so far. (TGP screengrab)

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