The fallout and blowback from the election of Donald Trump appears to be continuing, and this time, it's another major shill for globaloney that has fallen, according to this article shared by Mme. P, and Mr. G.L.R., for former French President Nicholas Sarkozy has lost a bid to the the French Republican party's nominee in recent primaries:
Here the problem is growing French discontent with their own equivalent of the "open borders" policy that has triggered the European "refugee crisis" in recent months, and violent outbreaks against Europeans, and counter-demonstrations from a growing number of people in European countries that are waking up to the loss of their cultural and national identities under the policies of Brussels.
In France, of course, there are now growing demonstrations in Paris itself against any further influx of refugees (see today's "Tidbit'), and the political fortunes of Mm. Marine Le Pen's "National Front" party, opposed to the refugee policies of M. Hollande and Frau Merkel, has become the party of the most vocal opposition to continuing these policies. Indeed, Le Pen's candidacy has now become a serious threat to the center-right parties in France, and this was the principle reason for the rejection of Sarkozy, as the Zero Hedge article points out:
Sarkozy finds himself far behind Alain Juppé and François Fillon: the two former prime ministers lead the way. While we have to wait for the official announcement for the official results, TdG notes that the second round of the primary, due next week, "looks exciting because the dynamics initiated by François Fillon undermine the confidence in Alain Juppé who has been favorite for a year."
Indeed, according to many pollsters - especially those who can not conceive of a Le Pen presidency - Juppe was expected to be the next president of France; which is why his surprisingly poor showing, in second place with just 26% of the vote per exit polls, could mean he has an uphill climb in his fight with Le Pen, who may be the biggest winner from today's primary.
Le Pen's candidacy represents, in some respects, an analog to Mr. Trump's, in that she has been a very vocal critic of the globaloneyist European Union policies of Hollande and Merkel, and a much more vocal advocate of France and French nationalism. In some respects, one might even aver that she represents certain policies going back to Charles DeGaulle. DeGaulle, of course, did not oppose the Common Market, nor even Algerian independence. He certainly was not opposed to people from anywhere immigrating to France. But one thing that one cannot imagine DeGaulle ever doing was opening up France's borders to the extent that Paris has become, in effect, an outdoor refugee camp, nor would he have ever compromised an independent course for France in the name of "the European project" or "the NATO project." Indeed, France became a thermonuclear power - ICBMs and hydrogen bombs and everything else that goes with it - largely because of DeGaulle's insistence that France had to be self-reliant for defense in the Cold War, super-power world, not reliant upon America, and able to do serious damage to any Soviet aggression.
Thus in a certain sense, the gyrations in the French Republican party represent what Americans saw in their Republican party in 2015: a variety of candidates, backed by the Republican elites, trying to stop Trump. The problem was, Senator Dubio was a rubious candidate at best, and in the final analysis, a bit of fluff unable to cope with Mr. Trump's rhetoric. Jeb Bush represented, as does Sarkozy, "more of the same", a kind of bland corruption no one wanted any more. Ted Cruz was simply too unctuous for most people to stomach, sounding like an evangelical preacher givng a sermon almost every time he opened his mouth; the rest were non-entities. One gets the same sense from Mssrs. Juppe and Fillon, but time will tell.
But for the moment, as the Zero Hedge article suggests, the biggest winner from the "bland corruption as usual" French Republican primary may be Mm. Le Pen herself. And that means the ripple effects will spread north to Belgium and the Netherlands, south across the Pyrenees to Spain, east across the Alps to Italy, and across the Rhine and Danube, to galvanize the growing opposition parties in Holland, Germany, and Austria, as well. 2017 will be an interesting year for France, and thus for the rest of Europe.
See you on the flip side.
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