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Commentary :: Globalization : International : Politics : War and Militarism
After French elections : capitalism and imperialism are the « danger »
07 May 2007
Appeals against so-called « fascism » in France because of the election of Nicolas Sarkozy are demagogic and misleading. Sarkozy is not more « dangerous » than Ségolène Royal would have been. The SYSTEM is the « danger ». Royal supports the euro-militarist strategy of François Bayrou, and was willing to prevent Iran from developing CIVIL nuclear technology. Furthermore, the French « left » is not well known abroad. Even young French ignore what « their left » really is.
François Mitterrand, the « socialist » president of the French Republic in 1981-95, had been close to the extreme right before World War II. He started his political career after the war with funds from the founder of l'Oréal Eugène Schueller who was even his employer for some time. Source: « La main droite de Dieu », by E. Faux, T. Legrand and G. Pérez, Paris 1994. See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugne_Schueller .

Mitterand was an important minister during the Algerian War. In 1962, he was a defence witness (together with Jean-Marie Le Pen) at the trial of the officers involved in the Algiers putsch (about the putsch, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algiers_putsch). Since then, the French extreme right always voted for him.

In 1982, Mitterrand organized the rise of Le Pen's party ( http://michel.delord.free.fr/maindroite.pdf ) and, in 1984, he was at the origin of the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_Rainbow_Warrior ).

Ségolène Royal owes her full career to Mitterrand. She was his « chargée de mission » (official representative and special adviser) in 1982-88.

Most young French do not know all that. Nobody tells them. Buffet, Bové, Besancenot... stay silent.

The catastrophal event for French « left » was the election of Mitterrand in 1981, with the help of the extreme right but disguised as a « socialist ». Those who can read French can still buy « La main droite de Dieu ». This 1994 book, where « Dieu » (God) stands for Mitterrand and his « main droite » (right hand) is the extreme right, reminds how, since 1965, the French Communist Party and other « left » organizations had been supporting Mitterrand, simultaneously to the extreme right, as a candidate for president against De Gaulle, Pompidou, Giscard d'Estaing...

For the presidential elections of 1965, a press attaché of François Mitterrand was a former doriotist who had been sentenced in absentia to death penalty in 1946 because of its role under Pétain's regime. After 1965, he became a close adviser of Mitterrand and was in charge of discrete links with extreme-right parties.

About the euro-military policy put forward by François Bayrou, see:

http://www.bayrou.fr/propositions/defense.html

http://www.bayrou.fr/discours/bayrou-relationsinter-220606.html

Whatever the result of the election would have been, the basic problems would have remained the same.

Géraldine

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The link for Eugène Schueller
07 May 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugène_Schueller

"During the early twentieth century, Schueller provided financial support and held meetings for La Cagoule at L'Oréal headquarters. La Cagoule was a violent French fascist-leaning and anti-communist group. L'Oréal hired several members of the group as executives after World War II, such as Jacques Corrèze, who served as CEO of the U.S. operation. This involvement was extensively researched by Michael Bar-Zohar in his book, Bitter Scent."