Right-Wing Populism Permeates French Presidential Elections

Right-Wing Populism Permeates French Presidential Elections

it's the real news network I'm Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore ference is headed to the polls on april twenty third for choosing a president at the moment the two frontrunners are nearly tied at the polls one of the four one is the far right candidate marine lepen and the other is former French economic minister emmanuel macron who is considered a neoliberal centrist what is unique about these elections is that neither of the leading candidates come from the country's traditional main political parties the Socialist Party or the Conservative Party these parties are in severe upheaval at the time instead we have a slightly head in the polls at the far right candidate marine lepen who's running on an anti Europe anti-immigrant platform and the second the 39 year old emmanuel macron who is running as a centrist in a party called an marche he had never held office in the past at least not elected office joining us now to discuss the latest on the french elections is renault lambier renault is an editor of the monthly newspaper lamorne diplomatique thanks for joining us today or no thank you for having me so Renault there are about four weeks left to leading up to the French elections first tell us what the process is because there's a run-out this is a runoff election and then there'll be another set of elections from what I understand and second what is the situation in terms of the major parties and their the reason why they don't have a candidate running that is headed in the polls right now right so yeah in France we have two rents with the election so whenever we go to the polls for the first round we're going to you know you know likelihood select two candidates at the moment it looks like Marvin Levin is going to be one of them and the big question he's going to be second and then we go into the second round in order to decide would be president and I should stress that there are more than five candidates although the media and the polls seem to have decided that only five of them deserve to be talked about and for the media the reason is that the smaller candidates don't poll well but of course you have a vicious circle whereby the polls are bad therefore the media don't talk about the small candidates and forget worse so five of them have been been pre-selected by the media and as you say to the two from the usual traditionally big parties in France are running behind and the question is why well I think it's because in France we're witnessing exactly what we have seen in other countries like the UK like America the state where the extreme center parties that have traditionally led the same types of policies neoliberal policies little bit more to the right a little bit more to the left there people are fed up with them people want to just change this and instead what you are what you're witnessing is the right form of right-wing populism my own event in France from in the state and of course you keep in in the UK and an attempt to overtake traditional social democratic social liberal parties to the left I'd still give us a sense awesome marine lepen how popular she is and how did she do in the debates and is it looking like another Donald Trump a kind of election campaign where the far right to rises up and takes power well I wouldn't attend to give you of a prognostic on what's going to happen the situation is very volatile we observe sudden surges sudden collapses anything could happen and anything from scandals to a terrorist attack in front so you know we don't know what's going to happen marine lepen is doing very well she's and reaping the benefit from the lack of will from the entire political spectrum at the lack of a consideration for the problems that globalization and in front European Union opposed to the you know the common people so she as he said he is going on the platform of anti-immigrant and anti-eu well she's attending she's posing as the people's candidate she says you know that their lives are going to improve with her and I think as we arrive towards the the day of the horse she has to sail a bit a little bit more about what she's going to do today or yesterday I can't really talk in front of the main private sector organization and a couple of days ago there was an article in the mode big newspaper in front that have investors following investors were scared about you know Florence leaving the EU and what we see when the four national is faced with private sector with finance is that they take a different spin for instance with to the private sector she explained she wanted longer working hours people in found don't wonder she wanted further deregulation of working load keep on in France do not want that and regarding the EU the sheer pointed a former banker to carry out the me know European dossier for her and the man explains that is a market map and unquote he he was a banker for natick sees a couple of other banks and the article came out recently explained that when they talk to him investor seems to be seem to be reassured so what is coming to the surface is the fact that the photojournalist platform is not possible they cannot at the same time and make life easier for the private sector and and fulfill the promise of making life better for the working people's so this is coming to the fore I think it won't be a news enough for people to turn away from her and you know choose another option and how are the people responding to the anti-eu sentiments is it like Britain in the sense that people are eager to leave the you because of the refugee situation and I the refugee situation certainly as poured salt on the wound but the wound was there a lot much earlier I think what you're witnessing in France is again similar to what you're witnessing in other countries is you have winners and losers from the globalization process the winners live in big cities they have intellectual job service jobs higher pay jobs they're younger they speak different languages they travel and to then the EU is great because they can go to another country they don't have to change currencies it's all perfect and you know they can devote time to such ideal as a solid arity and you know being nice to your neighbor and then you have losers of this globalization process people who have consciously being pitted in a very tough competition against other workers that is this is what the EU is done for most people they're working people you know clip placing them in a situation where they have to compete with workers from Poland and other places and do these people well the EU has not worked you know they don't have the money to travel that much they don't care for having to change their that currency when they cross the frontier because they don't do it so often no and they tend to leave us away from big cities because we don't have the money to enjoy a big city life and then yeah so these people are the losers of these globalization process what has been implemented by this extreme sense right and tell us about emmanuel macron is he he's also a banker I understand in terms of his past he was a former economic minister and I said centrist but what does that all mean well I guess what you might have meant is that the man presents himself as need neither right nor leg which usually in France as elsewhere it means that Roy you're to the right of the political spectrum and the interesting Emmanuel Michael is that is presenting is posing as an anti system candidate and really when you look at it back former banker for former finance minister for the for the actual the current president the man embodies the system he is the system in heard whereas whether you talk about you know the political system in the financial system but it receives so much media helped so much media supporting a portrait told him that is being able to put forward this image of the different guard he's got a new type of attitude is younger looks different you know and and but the thing is Mac home is going to be one of the elements that is going to waken the Socialist Party tremendously the biggest figures from the Socialist Party I'm not supporting mackerel even though the organized primary which meant that you know they were supposed to rain guys support to the selected candidate and former prime minister Manuel Vance is now supporting Michael and you have all this click of a high-ranking socialist who are that behind Maxwell and one of the positive things that might have might happen after this election is the breaking apart of the socialist party with a center-right party around my own valve and along and you know let them dress to the right and the possibility of a leftist on the group breaking apart and we know joining forces with metal show or organizing something different this might be and I said might be the one positive outcome of the upcoming election all right but the Socialists are running a candidate Benoit hammann and candidate that is representing all ons party so how is he faring in the election process at the moment well not so well yeah his balls are going down and as you say he is a candidate for the Socialist Party but the big problem for him is that he's not receiving support from you know the bigwigs in the which suggests that you know if you were in power you would have to give me Dad to attempt to unify such diverse political party and certainly this would pulling to the right so people are seeing that you know Michael Sox are animal is not so convincing a candidate at the moment his balls are going down and this is a boost to mellow song but main option is still in the old melishan milan sean is the far left candidate john paul mellon shot I tell us about how he's doing in the election and is there a left turn here at all well there was a big debate between five of the candidates and mineral fared very well he was funny first of all and everybody likes to laugh a little bit at during an election debate the tend to keep pouring in darling France hi three and a half hours the last debate it was it was but I mean you could actually watch it you know it was very interesting and mineral phone is very good it was very sharp and he has a project is the only candidate who actually came up with figures now you have hours and hours of presentations of these figures online and when I say hours and hours I know that it sounds very dull and very boring but no they've done an amazing job at presenting exactly how they would go that you know their business and you know trying to steer Europe in a different direction in Europe and it wasn't that a month then you know and village to leave Europe so and there is a there is a kickoff to the Mellow shown campaign but you know he's running for there are a lot of people who don't want vote for him because they are still attached to the Socialist Party and at this day that funny hard to believe that you know he could make it to the second end right and so there are two critical days April sixteenth for the runoff election and then the actual presidential elections I understand will be hell me7 so what what do you expect will happen in the in the runoff and I know I'm asking you to predict but based on what we know so far and you said the situation is unpredictable unexpected but based on what we know so far what do you think will happen on April summit from what we know so far the scenario is lepen first Maccon second and then yahoo runoff between the two but what could happen in the meantime CEO is embroiled in massive scandal I mean it is ridiculous at this stage not only did the guy embezzle money to pay his wife to give money to his kids and later on we found that the defense people found that that the money we had given to his kid yak for the money's back it's not even like Colleoni you know looking after his family and the guy is welcomed by egg being thrown at him during this campaign is a total disaster is holding on but we know every day gives enough to convince any any decent politician to just you know give up if you were to give up which I'm not saying you will do baby were to give up if you change a lot of things you know because a third place would be possible and then who knows what's gonna happen to my call it he is a fragile candidate you know to certain extent ye the media bubble he is responding to a desire there would not be so many people talking about it talking about him but he is a so helped by the media that you know these types of bubbles sometimes they do explode and then anything could be happy a bit about his party and Marche what is it what does it represent and is their momentum behind him like I said there is a massive media momentum and you know yet for instance when the the Socialist Party held its primaries mikonam ke part but the day after the front page of most newspapers were talking about whether the result with good or bad for Mike home you know the prism is always Mac home Maxum man he has the organized a couple of meetings where there were a lot of people you know and obviously some people are drawing to him people who want you know for the system to carry you to carry on michael is a continuous he candidate neoliberal he wants to further deregulate working regulations in France you want to reinforce you want to reinforce EU integration and you know for anyone winning for seems to carry on and to basically swallow the crisis we're going through at the moment you know and all the things are going to be okay Mac hole will be there within their candidate at the moment and you know these people existence are all right I know I thank you so much for joining us today and we'll be keeping an eye on it and we'll be looking forward to having you back thank you Father me and thank you for joining us here on the real news network

17 thoughts on “Right-Wing Populism Permeates French Presidential Elections

  1. Gosh this chap is an epic cunt!
    Good luck explaining to your grandkids why their is a mosque by the Eiffel Tower.

  2. Oh I hope the same thing happens here so we can get out from under our democracy of obligatory freedoms and compelled choice, hopefully we pull towards the left, as well as absorbing those reasonable many in the new center… Keep covering Bernie and the Peoples Party! Thanks RN

  3. wow! that was a pretty excellent analysis of the upcoming French elections, I don't know how good Le Monde is, but you gotta give credit to this particular French journalist, much better analysis then from most of the corporate media or French English language divisions.

  4. for the real news the real name of the French candidate is JEAN LUC MELENCHON. and we are waiting, and hoping for a nice surprise from him.

  5. Born and raised by liberals but after watching how they abused their power I have flipped sides of the fence. Lets try the other side for a while and become disillusioned with them too. Oh yeah, already disillusioned, we are doomed.

  6. Did anyone actually listen to Le Pen? She would be considered ultra -far-left in the US. Note that Le Monde is not to be trusted. The press and MSM in France are like their counterparts in the US completely under the thumb of the 1%. I am left of Eugene Debs and pro-Le Pen. The EU is a scam.

  7. oy, it's a new tactic by TRNN jews: If you don't like the comments, delete the vid & reupload later. Thanks jews!

  8. It's quite unusual to see France swinging so far to the right, but I can't blame them considering the hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding in from the middle east, and the security issues. Of course this all sprung from the illegal invasion of Iraq. The only solution is to get the fuck out of Syria and the middle east in general. We've done far more harm than good.

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