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(en) France, UCL AL #318 - Antifacism, 70.Fascization: what is Darmanin's name? (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 3 Aug 2021 09:39:26 +0300

Right-wing defector, the guy - still facing a rape complaint - is distinguished by homophobic, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic positions. In his eyes, Marine Le Pen is too soft. Finally, as Minister of the Interior, he is in charge of our security ... which is not to reassure us. ---- But who is Gérald Darmanin really ? Appointed Minister of Action and Public Accounts in the first Philippe government following the election of Macron, he becomes Minister of the Interior of the Castex government in 2020. Nice promotion for a very upright character in his boots and whose profile serves Macron's political interests perfectly, to play the politics of the far right instead of the far right.

Politically weakened for months by several rape accusations - a complaint for rape, " sexual harassment " and " breach of trust ", for which Darmanin was placed under the status of assisted witness, is still being investigated by the Paris Court - and after having indirectly acknowledged, while he was a deputy, having solicited " sexual favors " from several women in exchange for the promise of a helping hand for the advancement of files concerning them, Darmanin nonetheless remains l one of the strong men of Macronie.

His strategy to survive these accusations which would have brought down more than one: lighting backfires. Darmanin therefore plays the overbidding on the whole right and winks supported on the extreme right.

Shocked by Halal and Kosher
Thus in July 2020 he split with an interview in Le Figaro in which he noted a " savage of society ". Taking word for word an expression used in particular by the far-right author Laurent Obertone, whose novels revolve around a fantasy of racial war in France and an extreme right-wing attack story in the first person. The term has also been used for years by the National Rally and its figurehead Marine Le Pen or even recently the MEP Jordan Bardella.

Faced with the brutality of this system which attacks hard-won social conquests day after day, which hurts and mutilates those who still dare to defy this ever more unjust and violent social order, Darmanin's program is clear: ever more repression. And to create a diversion, invent enemies from within: Muslims.

Darmanin is a specialist in the splits: his opportunism even pushes him to march alongside the cops who demonstrated against him on May 19, demanding justice increasingly subject to the police apparatus.
On February 11, facing Marine Le Pen, Gérald Darmanin tried to overtake the president of the RN on the right. It was whoever would stand firm in their struggle against Islam and Islamism. The president of the RN is even accused of " softness " on the issue. This stroke of brilliance made it possible to shine the spotlight on another facet of the character, his Islamophobia. His positions on Islam and against the " Islamogauchists " hardly distinguish him from any identity whatsoever: Darmanin declares himself shocked to find hallal and kosher shelves in supermarkets and for the ban on minarets.

He also wrote a book on the topic " The Islamist separatism " in which he also welcomes the measures taken by Napoleon I st against Jews, citing as an example for Muslims the words and deeds of the emperor " Our goal is to reconcile the belief of the Jews with the duties of the French and to make them useful citizens, being resolved to remedy the evil to which many of them indulge to the detriment of our subjects. ". Quite a program !

Before joining Macron in 2017, Darmanin had a very marked course on the right. He was the campaign director of the very right-wing Christian Vanneste (whom he will succeed as deputy from the North), active activist for the recognition of the " positive role of the French presence overseas, especially in North Africa " and against marriage. for all of them, which he qualifies as an " anthropological aberration ".

The latter will be excluded from the UMP after negationist remarks about the deportation of homosexual people that he describes as " legend ". Darmanin not being outdone on the homophobic question since he parades in 2012 with the Manif pour tous and he shows his opposition, as mayor, to personally celebrating same-sex marriages.

Royalism as a school
Finally, Darmanin is a former supporter of Action Française, the far-right royalist movement. He even wrote several articles in their magazine Politics magazine. The activists of the French Action having recalled via Twitter to the good memory of the minister during one of his passages on CNews.

On the financial side, he declares that he has accumulated his allowances as mayor, vice-president and then regional councilor of Hauts-de-France, vice-president of the MEL (European Metropolis of Lille, of which he takes the presidency in June 2020) and, since May 2017, minister, but also 28 seats in public or private organizations or companies as a representative of a local authority. A true Stakhanovist !

Economically liberal, socially reactionary, homophobic and racist, Gérald Darmanin is a pure product of the political class. Engaged in the defense of the interests of capitalism, he pursues a deadly strategy: to overtake the RN on the right.

By his statements he helps to stir up racism in order to designate an enemy from within - homosexuals, " Islamogauchists ", Islamists, etc. - and this also allows him to hide the social problems caused by neoliberalism of which his government is one of the spearheads.

Benjamin (UCL Orleans)

Friday, June 4, the Assize Court of Evry sentenced on appeal the two former neo-Nazi skinheads for the death of our comrade Clément Méric to eight and five years of imprisonment.

This trial and its verdict oppose an unqualified denial of the thesis of the supporters of the assassins, including their ex-mentor, Serge Ayoub, alias Batskin (former charismatic leader of neo-Nazi Parisian skinheads), and widely relayed in the far-right media. and beyond: it was not a simple brawl between two rival gangs that would have turned out badly. The assassins acted consciously and out of political hatred.

This aggression is characteristic of the true nature of the extreme right and of the substance of its political project: to establish by violence a racist, patriarchal and authoritarian order.

The far right feeds on the social inequalities of this capitalist system in order to prosper. Fighting one requires fighting the other. Faced with the extreme right, our response must be firm, united and without compromise.

We welcome the success of the Parisian demonstration on June 5 and call for more mobilizations and unitary initiatives against the State, capital and their far-right allies.

Antifascists, everywhere, all the time.

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