Is Macron the Best Suited to Tackle French Problems?

By Patrick Brogan

Earlier this month, we saw the election of Emmanuel Macron as the 25th President in the Fifth French Republic. The media told us this was a good result as the Far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen of Front National, was a danger to Europe. Again, the media never bothered to question why the European Union is so despised in parts of France, but more on that later.

Emmanuel Macron

So who is Emmanuel Macron and what will his policies mean for the French people? Much has been made of his personal life, especially the fact that his wife is his former teacher and 24 years older than he with two of her children older than her husband. Does any of this really matter? Possibly, they met when he is was only fifteen. But it does deflect from his policies which may be very damaging to the fabric of French society.

While Le Pen could champion herself as the anti-establishment candidate, even though she grew up in a very rich family, Macron obviously isn’t a man of the people. A former Rothschild banker — get your tinfoil hats at the ready — he is very much a man of the establishment. He was the Minister for the Economy and Finance in François Hollande’s Government and is also a protégé of Henry Hermand, a multimillionaire and political “advisor”.

The Rothschild Years

He did work for them, honest, or Rothschild and Cie Banque to be more precise. The name Rothschild has a lot of baggage attached to it, so I’ll focus on the bank itself and Macron’s time there. Part of the Rothschild legend comes from their consistent secrecy. This extends to international organisations. The UN Global Compact is a body of businesses and companies with a view to improving human rights, corruption laws, environmental issues, and generally make the world a better place. Rothschild and Cie was delisted from the organisation because of a “failure to communicate progress.” So getting any information on the bank or its employees can be very difficult.

Luckily, Financial Times came to save the day. Reading some of the article via The International Reporter, and indeed that article in itself, is very interesting. What is very clear is how rapidly he rose through the ranks in the investment bank. Indeed, this is a trait that pretty much has followed him his entire life. If you want to read up more on his time there click the link, but just to give you a flavour; “On the Atos deal, Mr Macron “had a fairly junior role at the time — he would be asked to redo the financial models on Excel, the basics,” recalled an adviser. But a few days after the deal was announced, Mr Macron was made a partner. A few months later, he stunned colleagues and rivals by winning a role in Nestlé’s purchase of Pfizer’s infant food operations.”

His rise was extraordinary. He also made a lot of money in a very short space of time. Mainly on that deal between Nestlé and Pfizer. Let’s not forget these are far from the most ethical of companies. Nestlé‘s former CEO, Peter Brabeck, said water should be treated as a commodity. There’s also the baby milk scandal in Africa and many more dangerous and harmful misdeeds. Pfizer are no saints. The company is accused of the deaths of 15 people after a meningitis drugs trial went wrong in Nigeria. Emmanuel Macron, the man tasked with rescuing France from her woes brought these two very dubious organisations together.

Politics –  The Wunderkind

Something that should worry the French public is Macron’s track record when he was a member of Hollande’s Government. Macron began his professional life as a civil servant before joining the banking industry. He then became a member of Hollande’s staff for two years. In 2014, he was named as Minister for the Economy and Finance. Another remarkable rise.

During his ministerial role, Macron, although part of the supposed Socialist government, implemented a number of austerity measures. Chief amongst these is what was dubbed Macron’s Law. This is described as pro-business, but as Julian Mercille pointed out in The Journal, this was legislation that made it easier for companies to sack their staff, increasing the unemployment rate. Mercille goes on to say that Macron’s policies as President will only harm the economy, not make it better; “Now he proposes to go further and cut taxes on corporate profits and lower employers’ contributions to France’s social welfare system, make it easier to dismiss workers, cut 120,000 jobs in the public service, weaken unions, and cut government spending by €60 billion over the next five years.”

Mercille goes on to say this course of action is playing into Marine Le Pen’s hand because the French public will become so disenfranchised they will see her as the only viable alternative. She’s not of course. France had to pick the best least worst option like Americans had to do with Trump and Clinton. The French were on a hiding to nothing with these two.

A lot of Le Pen’s appeal came from her stance on migrants and a tough view on Islamic fundamentalism. Also, her scepticism of Europe was one of her major draws. If anybody is familiar with this site, you would know we are critical of the EU. Mainly, we feel it is undemocratic and unaccountable. This is a feeling shared by millions and millions of Europeans. Macron certainly isn’t a hardliner, to say the least. He is an out and out Europhile, no doubt about it. He walked out to Ode to Joy, the European Union anthem, after winning the election. He is very clear that he wants to see more European integration.

In terms of his response to radical Islam, he wants all religious leaders to do training in French secular values. That’s actually a pretty good idea. If done correctly. He will also deport failed asylum seekers. I’m not sure the hardline policies work that well. Nicolas Sarkozy referred to those living in the slums as low lives. Look how that worked out. Macron’s strategy of integration is certainly more likely to work than the inflammatory language of the previous French President.

Upbringing and Personal Life

Did his wife groom him? He was only 15 when she met him. While that is the age of consent in France, it certainly raises interesting questions given that his now wife was 39 and married at the time. I wonder if we reverse genders here would people react differently. A 39-year-old man leaves his wife to be with one of his teenage students.

Schooling 

Monsieur Macron attended the famous École nationale d’administration. Three of the last five French Presidents attended this school; Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Jacques Chirac and Fraçois Hollande. Macron now joins that list. This certainly fits in with his ultra-ambitious nature and may also go some way to explaining how he has moved to the top so quickly; he had a great platform to begin with.

Religion

He was baptised, but raised in a non-religious family. He later converted to Catholicism at the age of 12 at his own insistance. Does this on impinge on his own views of religion and its relationship with the State? He firmly believes in a secular France, but that the state should not trample on people’s personal believes. He has said that religion and the state should not be used as a substitute for one another.

Russia Hacked My Emails

Where have we heard this before? On the run up to the election and indeed on the day before it, Macron said the Russians had hacked his emails. Again, the subject matter of these emails is as big a story as who hacked them and why. Now, it must be stated, the mainstream media won’t touch this, they were actually told not to, and the French Electoral Commission said the documents posted up on Pastebin were false. However, one of the more serious allegations was Macron set up a company named La Providence LLC, named after the school where he met his wife, that had a bank account in the Bahamas that he didn’t pay taxes on.

If these allegations are true they are damaging to not only Macron but the commission because they told the media not to report it. This amounts to a cover up. If you would like to read up more on it; The Rebel Media are leading the way. Wikileaks are also verifying the emails and it will be interesting what they have to say on it. Not only is there an issue with the emails, but there was also an allegation of election tampering. The allegations come from Le Pen herself and may have just been a way of playing up to her anti-establishment image, which is totally false by the way. All of it does fit in with the theme of him being protected by the establishment, though.

Who is He?

Maybe he doesn’t know. When asked to describe himself, he has flip flopped so many times. He does appear to be centrist. Everything down the middle. Some of his policies do make some sense. Economically he does seem geared towards the financial elite. It is my suspicion that this will further damage the French economy, and who knows, this might benefit Le Pen in the next election.

When Macron stood on the podium after his victory, he must have looked back at what a short journey it has been. Maybe it’s the cynic in me, but there does seem to be something very fraudulent about him. His education, career and everything else seems to be fast tracked. Christ, even his relationship with women is. He could be some sort of charismatic genius, but I don’t think that’s the case. From his interviews he seems aggressively boring, droid like. There appears to be a divine guiding hand with this guy. Is it his Catholic faith? Is it the Rothschilds? Or is it the establishment? It has been suspiciously easy for him up to this point, hopefully those emails will shed some light. To answer the question; no, he is not the person to lead France forward. The problem is, there doesn’t seem to be anybody around at the moment that can.

 

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