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(en) France, UCL press release - Hangover for LREM and defeat to the taste of victory for the RN (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 1 Jul 2022 08:41:48 +0300

This is the cold shower for the presidential camp. If LREM and its satellites managed to avoid the scenario of cohabitation with the NUPES which made them so nightmare, they failed to obtain an absolute majority with their coalition. A first in the history of the Fifth Republic since the transition to the five-year term and the reversal of the electoral calendar in 2002! Although they are weakened by this disavowal which occurred so soon after his re-election, it is likely that President Macron and his party will seek to concoct a grub with the most traditional right or even the far right to save their five-year term and bar the road to the social democratic left. So here we go again for five years of social and police violence, ecological destruction, contempt for feminist and anti-racist demands. And for us, five years of struggle where UCL will be present and combative.

For LREM, it is not a failure but it did not work
These poor results confirm that Macron has no popular support, and that part of his 2017 electorate turned away from him following his policies. He will therefore have to redouble his efforts to flirt with his most racist supporters, and the most reactionary, close to the Manif pour Tous, at the service of the bosses and the shareholders. Because if LREM has any difficulties in coming to terms with the LR bloc, which is determined to maintain its independence in the Assembly while defending the same neoliberal project, there is little doubt that they will find common ground. in their Islamophobia. In view of the fact that LREM and the rest of the right don't care about the retention of two men accused of rape, widely re-elected, and a notorious anti-metoo in their posts as ministers, it is as clear that the "great cause of the quinquennium", gender equality, will again be largely ignored. Contempt for the demands of the social movement and ecology, filing, repression, authoritarianism, this is the menu for the next five years. And this while inflation affects us all and despite the strengthening of the climate crisis... Bon appetit.

The explosion of the "republican dam"
As a result of decades of normalization of their speeches and political practices, the National Rally, which had already experienced an increase in the first round of 5.5 percentage points compared to 2017, obtained a record number of 89 deputies while it did not had only 8 previously! The RN thus becomes the third political force in the National Assembly, and even the first opposition party ahead of LFI if we isolate each member party of the NUPES electoral coalition. No doubt, the "republican dam", whose fragility has been increasingly felt since 2017, is dead and buried. By dint of repeating all its themes and elements of language, and dismissing the social democratic left and the far right back-to-back, LREM and all the media that have participated in its trivialization bear a heavy responsibility in this RN historical score.

Faced with this dramatic rise of the far right, the next elections will not be able to save us. Only powerful social mobilization and grassroots work can bring it down. We must fight it wherever it seeks to establish itself, whether in our streets or our workplaces, and oppose it with a truly emancipatory social project that really responds to the suffering experienced by the proletariat.

Abstention, still the first party in France
Because once again, the abstention testifies that the projects proposed in the ballot boxes do not suit him, despite a slight drop compared to the second round in 2017 (53.77% against 57.36%). It is difficult for the parties in the Assembly to congratulate themselves on their score when there are only barely 22.4 million people out of 48.7 million registered on the electoral lists, and especially out of 67 million inhabitants, who voted for them. This once again historically high score for abstention confirms a strong trend of mistrust towards institutions and political personnel, particularly among the working classes, despite the sustained attempts to mobilize young people and working-class neighborhoods by the NUPES.

No resignation... we are getting organised!
If the horribly too high result of the RN has the painful effect of a slap, the time cannot be for defeatism. More than ever, overturning the table as quickly as possible becomes imperative. The urgency is for the self-organization and the general mobilization of our class to strengthen our counter-powers that are the unions of struggle, the ecological, anti-racist and feminist collectives.

It is only with the latter that we can establish a balance of power against the State and Capital, and overthrow them.

The desire for another world is real, rid of the race for profit and violence. This is embodied in the many demand movements that flourish far from election Sundays: employees in many companies, feminists, LGBTI, anti-racists, environmentalists... Our role as libertarian communist activists is to help coordinate and extension of these struggles. It's never too late to join the fight, comrades!

To rid society of the patriarchy, racism and deadly capitalism that poison our lives, it is not through the ballot box that we can impose a real balance of power but through struggle! Only one instruction to follow for the next five years and all those to come until the victory of our class: let's organize and unionize!

Libertarian Communist Union, June 21, 2022

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