Emmanuel Clinton Versus Marine LeTrump

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times,

Here’s the body count in the latest geopolitical earthquake afflicting the West: The Socialist Party in France is dead. The traditional Right is comatose. What used to be the Extreme Left is alive, and still kicking.

Yet what’s supposed to be the shock of the new is not exactly a shock. The more things veer towards change (we can believe in), the more they stay the same. Enter the new normal: the recycled “system” – as in Emmanuel Macron — versus “the people” — as in the National Front’s Marine Le Pen, battling for the French presidency on May 7.

Although that was the expected outcome, it’s still significant. Le Pen, re-christened “Marine”, reached the second round of voting despite a mediocre campaign.

She essentially reassembled — but did not expand — her voting base. I have argued on Asia Times that Macron is nothing but an artificial product, a meticulously packaged hologram designed to sell an illusion.

Only the terminally naïve may believe Macron incarnates change when he’s the candidate of the EU, NATO, the financial markets, the Clinton-Obama machine, the French establishment, assorted business oligarchs and the top six French media groups.

As for the stupidity of the Blairite Left, it’s now in a class by itself.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the domesticated hard-left of Insubordinate France, managed to equal the Catholic Right François Fillon in the final stretch. Yet the vapid PS candidate, Benoit Hamon, stole Mélenchon’s shot at hitting the second round.

As for Marine, she lost almost four points in the final tally. With one extra week of campaigning Fillon, despite Penelopegate, could have been equal with Marine.

Marine has only one extremely long shot on May 7. She will be frantically touring “deep France” to turn the second round into a debate on French identity and a clash of nationalists, patriots and sovereignists against pro-EU globalists and urban “liquid modernity” practitioners.

So what do they want?

Frontists are ready to rip Emmanuel Clinton’s neoliberal program to pieces, which will play very well in rural France and may even yield a few disgruntled Mélenchon votes.

Unlike Fillon and Hamon, he has not gone public calling his supporters to vote Macron. Disgruntled Fillon voters may also be inclined to switch to Marine — considering Fillon was viscerally opposed to someone he described as “Emmanuel Hollande.”

A quick look at the promises is in order. In a nutshell; Marine proffers a social model that “favors the French people;” Macron offers vague, “profound reforms.”

Macron’s plan to save 60 billion euros of public funds implies firing 120,000 functionaries; that is a certified recipe to a “see you in the barricades” scenario.

Marine only says she wants to reduce the public deficit — aiming at reducing state medical aid, the French contribution to the EU, and fiscal fraud.

Neither wants to raise the minimum wage and VAT. Both want to reduce the tax burden on companies and both want to fight the “Uberization” of work, favoring French companies (Marine) and European companies (Macron).

Marine’s absolute priority is to reduce social aid to foreigners and restitute “buying power” especially to pensioners and low-income workers. She’s vague about unemployment.

Macron’s “profound reforms” are centered on unemployment insurance and pensions. He’s keen on a universal unemployment protection managed by the state. Everyone would be covered, including in the case of being fired. Marine and Macron coincide on one point; better reimbursement of costly health benefits.

Europe is at the heart of the Marine vs Macron fight; that’s Frexit against a “new European project.”

Everyone in Brussels “voted” Macron  as he proposes a budget for the eurozone, a dedicated Parliament, and a dedicated Minister of Finance. In short; Brussels on steroids.

Marine’s Frexit should be decided via a referendum — a direct consequence of the frontist obsession with immigration. Marine wants to reduce legal admission of immigrants to 10,000 people a year (it’s currently 200,000), tax employment of foreign workers, and suppress social aid. In contrast, pro-immigration Macron aims at what he calls an open France, “faithful to its values.”

On foreign policy, it’s all about Russia. Marine wants a “strategic realignment” with Moscow especially to fight Salafi-jihadi terror.

Macron — reflecting a French establishment as Russophobic as in the US — is against it, although he concedes that Europe must come to terms with Russia even as he defends the current sanctions.

About that Wall of Cash

If the coming, epic clash could be defined by just one issue that would be the unlimited power of the Wall of Cash.

Macron subscribes to the view that public debt and expenses on public service are the only factors responsible for French debt, so one must have “political courage” to promote reforms.

Sociologist Benjamin Lemoine is one of the few who’s publicly debating what’s really behind it — the interest of financiers to preserve the value of the debt they hold and their aversion to any negotiation.

Because they control the narrative, they are able to equate “political risk” —  be it Marine or Mélenchon — with the risk to their own privileged positions.

The real issue at stake in France — and across most of the West — revolves around the conflicting interests of financial masters and citizens attached to public service and social justice.

The coming clash between Emmanuel Clinton and Marine LeTrump won’t even begin to scratch the surface.

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lester1's picture

Sorry Tyler's, LePen is no Donald Trump.

And it's more like Emmanuel Obama.

nachochan's picture

Agree on the Obama point however LePen is likely just another Trump she isn't a non establishment type despite her act she is from an established party that won't buck the EU or NATO trend she just fooled Putin into giving her money anyways maybe she will fulfill there ship building obligations to the russians but no more.  

vulcanraven's picture

I just can't even pretend to give a shit anymore. 

waspwench's picture

MACRON IS AN NWO CREATION.

38BWD22's picture

 

 

If neither Trump nor Le Pen can deliver real change, then sometime later voters will vote in someone who will.  And that change may be greater than expected or wanted.

 

BullyBearish's picture

CHANGE = the powerful giving up power to the powerless

until the powerless start obtaining REAL power, nothing will CHANGE

38BWD22's picture

 

 

Yep.  The powerless have to CLAIM their power.  Great point.  + a $billion.

HRClinton's picture

I approve of Emanuel Clinton.

lester1's picture

Sadly, France is too far gone to liberalism and globalism to be saved. They don't have an electoral college like we do.

hotrod's picture

The guy has a history of NOTHING.  Total Douche

Grandad Grumps's picture

Satan and his demons are masters of illusion and inversion. The same can be said for the Archons / Djinn. Maybe they are all fallen ones. In our not too distant history <2000 years ago, we used to know about these threats to humanity. But now we do not believe they exist and through their illusion the have won ... until a time when humanity regains consciousness.

SteveNYC's picture

Yet to be seen if Le Pen becomes Donald Clinton.....

Bay of Pigs's picture

The French surrendered decades ago.

hotrod's picture

What is the age of Consent in France?  Do they have one? 

East Indian's picture

France is the only civilized country in the world, according to Somerset Maughm's character Elliott Templeton. 

 

LukeWorm's picture

Le Pen is delivering lies after lies, just like Nigel Farage

 

Dark star's picture

List Farage's lies; with evidence.

Expat's picture

Since when does a ZH drone demand evidence for anything?  Oh, right, when his views or politicians are being attacked.  Then all of a sudden facts matter. 

Carry on, carry on.

London..unfortunately's picture

Not only do you appear to be a sorry-arsed shill, but a sexist one too - what makes you think all ZH drones are male?

Gen. Ripper's picture

Fuck the frogs - I'm not for saving their asses again.

St. Alphonzo's picture

I am buying Le Pen at 11/2 on oddschecker....she will pull this off. No one trusts the Rothschild puppet Macron...Viva Le Pen

Ghordius's picture

nope. two points which tell me that Pepe Escobar has not done his homework on France

"Marine only says she wants to reduce the public deficit — aiming at reducing state medical aid, the French contribution to the EU, and fiscal fraud."

nice try, but no, Marine is many good things, but she is no fiscal conservative, and her aim is not to reduce the public deficit (nor actually the President's job)

her whole drive to get rid of the EUR in France and to re-establish the French Franc is exactly mired to have more fiscal... elbow room

with her, you can forget balanced budgets even as a target not to be reached completely

"Macron — reflecting a French establishment as Russophobic as in the US — is against it, although he concedes that Europe must come to terms with Russia even as he defends the current sanctions."

the French establishment... Russophobic as in the US? seriously? are we talking about the same French establishment that once took France out of NATO?

are we talking about an establishment fielding a French Foreign Minister that recently joined the Italian and German chorus of "no, no more sanctions for Russia" when the UK's and US' Foreign Secretaries asked for them at the G7 meeting?

nope, Pepe, you might know a few things about Russia, for which you do splendid apologies, but this article does not give me the impression that you can do the same kind of articles for France

jet20's picture

On this election poster above Macron looks like Assad minus the mustache. And sure enough he will turn France into a Syria sur la Seine - with some "helpful" meddling from the swamp in DC for sure (same as in Syria proper) to get the civil war and religious clash of civilizations started! What say you, Nuland? Fuck la France?

Reaper's picture

Marine would chop at the roots of the elitist tree of evil.  Macron is a pretty flower of the elitist tree soon to ripen to putrid fruit.

lechiffre10's picture

This shit is getting so old. Same drivel different country. Marine le trump? Anti-establishment blah blah blah Macron is equivalent to clinton. How did Trump turnout ? Did he drain the swamp, was he the anti-establishment hero you were hoping for? Exactly. 

Ghordius's picture

"Both want to reduce the tax burden on companies and both want to fight the “Uberization” of work, favoring French companies (Marine) and European companies (Macron) "

well, yes. it's practically the whole of Europe's continent that wants something in this direction

it's called also fighting Globalization. whereas on ZH and many other blogs, that becomes fighing "Globalism", which is quite nebulous, imho, and makes everybody forget that those Big Biz Dinosaurs bred by Financialization and Stock Markets Gone Wild do not own the world

which is possibly the very reason why this "Globalism" meme was invented in the first place: so that sheep would not notice the Vampire Spawn of Corporate UberPower sucking their blood for the greater Glory and Profit of CEO bonuses

withglee's picture

want to fight the “Uberization” of work,

The "uberization" of work looks like a good thing to me. Can someone tell me what's wrong with it?

Ghordius's picture

it tends to treat humans like commodities, which is something that all systems based too much on finance's demands tend to do

Uberization of sex: Sugar Babies. Uberization of work: all on demand, and screw any decent wages, or even decent work contracts

you see, all that "we have to fight globalism, we have to go back to national" stuff is actually a fight against the Uberization of work, a fight against Globalization's dirty part where Big Biz shows it's inhuman face

it puts bonuses of CEOs first, second and third, while shareholders might be screwed, and workers must be screwed

I'm sure someone else will give you a better, more elegant answer

withglee's picture

G: it (uberization) tends to treat humans like commodities, which is something that all systems based too much on finance's demands tend to do

WG: Give me an example of any trade that "doesn't" treat humans like commodities? Humans (i.e. HULs ... Hours of Unskilled Labor) are "obviously" commodities.

G: Uberization of sex: Sugar Babies. Uberization of work: all on demand, and screw any decent wages, or even decent work contracts

WG: All sound like trades entered into freely to me. Who is to say what wage is decent? Actually uberization enables elimination of "wages" completely ... and in my way of thinking, that is a good thing all around.

G: you see, all that "we have to fight globalism, we have to go back to national" stuff is actually a fight against the Uberization of work, a fight against Globalization's dirty part where Big Biz shows it's inhuman face

WG: What utter nonsense? Uberiztion is just a way of letting buyers and sellers (i.e. traders) efficiently know each other exist and are open to a trade. Where does the adjective "national" and "global" play any role at all?

G: it puts bonuses of CEOs first, second and third, while shareholders might be screwed, and workers must be screwed

WG: How? Seems to me it removes the CEOs entirely! I don't see where there are any shareholders either. We are clearly not on the same page.

G: I'm sure someone else will give you a better, more elegant answer

WG: Well that shouldn't be hard should it.

Iterative secession. You clearly need your own space.

jus_lite_reading's picture

Please tell me you are joking. You are the biggest EU shill on ZH and YOU dare to talk about treating humans like commodities????? LMFAO

Give it a rest.

Ghordius's picture

if the discussion about anything connected to the EU would be factual, you would see completely different comments from me

but it is not

take your POV: "the EU treats humans like commodities"

how so?

by enforcing the individual right of the EU Citizen of working and living anywhere inside of the EU, sometimes against the wishes of this or that National Government representing a Nation State?

by insisting that this EU Citizen has the right of being treated in most matters like and not worse then the national Citizen?

nope. the sins of the EU are many, but you are inventing sins which are simply irrational

TheGardener's picture

Looks like you are on a roll today Ghord, keep `em coming . Globalism sounds almost fatalistic as you made me think of it and your call

to fighting globalization is almost unheard of you the one always defending the status quo. Did you change spirits for the mind enhancing

drug cocktail from German beer to French wine ?

Ghordius's picture

yes, I do defend the status quo... when in my opinion the rational arguments are in favour of the status quo

no, I would not be reading and commenting on ZH if I was of the opinion that the status quo is always right

IranContra's picture
From the Horse's Mouth (The Real Issue)

This video was created by the Iranian government on the eve of the Arab Spring, predicting it and explaining its necessity:

Iranian Messiah (Persian with English subtitles)

The Iranian messiah is the only true messiah to the Iranian regime. He substitutes both Muhammad and Jesus Christ, and denies any significance to Christ. Sunni Muslims love Jesus Christ and await his return as the one and only True Messiah.

The Iranian crowds chant "Hussein" (hint: Obama's middle name, hence the deal).

The video praises Khamenei, Nasrallah (Hezbollah) and Ahmadinejad as the main messianic figures, calls for a Shiite revolution in Yemen, Shiite takeover of Saudi Arabia, rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, turmoil in Iraq and Syria, and black flags rising (ISIS) with death and destruction everywhere.

See and hear for yourself. Iran wants to conquer the world through terrorist chaos. They say this explicitly. Wake up!

Putin has made an alliance with Iran, knowing all this. Imagine that!

WinstonSmith1984's picture

Marine LePen would not flip flop, she has principles.

ClickNLook's picture

If she flops twice on the same issue, that would be like she has never flopped and had integrity.

However, she doesn't have enough charisma to pull Trump flops.

1.21 jigawatts's picture

Its in the bag for LePen as long as Paris gets another 50 - 100 terrorist attacks before round 2.

Hamm Jamm's picture

TRUMP is a Liar, as Obongo is a liar, as Clinton is a Liar  etc

Why would france be any different  !  

 

Go Vote for FAKE GOVERNMENT ! .

.. making IDIOTS everywhere feel they have done their duty ... 

ClickNLook's picture

Reverse psychology.
Why not?
It worked to get Trump elected.
And Obama too.

Down to two puppets, which claim to represent masses.
People never learn...

withglee's picture

revolves around the conflicting interests of financial masters and citizens attached to public service and social justice.

Right ... like the contest between the Harlem Globe Trotters and the Washington Generals.

Folks ... it's the financial masters who institute governments in the first place.

aloha_snakbar's picture

But but but... if he gets elected, he will have to hire someone to change his wifes diaper...

koan's picture

Things will continue as they were, but now the new leaders are positioned to suspend rights, use violence, and remove laws and regulations that are impediments to their "corporate masters".

In addition there will be no coming together of the people to demand rights from the government, they have been fractured by "refugees" and "immigrants" effectively reducing the population to small tribes squabbling with each other.
The news media will be used to re-enforce the squabbling with propaganda, and social media will be used as litmus paper, cattle prod and thermometer to make sure no one comes together.

There is a moment when your car is sliding out of control towards the cliff, you're still warm and unhurt as you watch your doom approach, but effectively unable to stop the inevitable.

This is the US now, prepare, get your tribe together.

TabakLover's picture

Macron may be a robot.  Anyone checked?   Call Capt. Kirk quick.

UndertheDRADIS's picture

Spock: Logic is a little tweeting bird chirping in a meadow. Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which smell BAD. Are you sure your circuits are registering correctly? Your ears are green.

Captain Sensible's picture

All of these politicians getting elected at this end of the cycle now will regret it. They are all bag holders of the biggest bubble in history. It will burst on their watch. What comes after that is what keeps me up at night! 

learnofjesuits's picture

Vatican masonic order of jesuits Illuminati rule the world for centuries, they are building theirs New World Order - one government, one religion, global socialism-technocracy, depopulation(because overpopulation destroying biosphere) - check Georgia Guidestones, "order out of chaos"- they create crisis and than they resolve it towards NWO.

Important people in a society works for them, they are giving careers for obedience, we are living in a social pyramid system managed by jesuit masonic order.

Just learn why jesuits was suppressed for 200 years in western countries and were allowed to return only a few decades ago - also in USA (there is pattern easy to recognize).

Society of Jesus was the most powerful intelligence agency - of Vatican - and they still are, all national intelligence agencies are controlled by jesuits, rest is a theater.

 

First Rothschild Nathan was rescued by jesuits from a camp and they made him theirs banker, he was not a smart Jew that become extremely rich, but he was just working for most powerful intelligence agency, also Soros is Christian Knight of Malta same as Rothschilds, Rockefeller, Brzezinski..., and Bush and Clinton are Skull and Bones - it is also an jesuit organisation and jesuit symbol.

Jesuit masonic order works by an undercover organisatios in order to hide.