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(en) France, UCL AL #347 - Anti-fascism, Macron, moving towards fascism (ca, de, fr, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 12 Apr 2024 10:26:27 +0300

Immigration law, "demographic rearmament", cult of the leader... Since 2017, Macron and his party have been embarked on a never-ending turn to the right, walking hand in hand with the RN in the Assembly since 2022. How do these have supporters of the extreme center become an extreme right like the others? ---- "It is no longer only our findings and our diagnoses that are important to you, but now our values and our solutions", here are the words addressed a few weeks ago to Gabriel Attal by Jean-Philippe Tanguy, president -delegate of the RN group to the National Assembly. You only need to look at the record of the Macron governments to confirm this assertion: on immigration, after the abject Darmanin law[1], the minister declares that he wants to abolish land rights in Mayotte, taking up a favorite measure of the far right .

Weak signals of radicalization
Same observation for feminist struggles: in parallel with a speech talking about "demographic rearmament", Macron blocks the adoption by the European Parliament of a definition of rape taking into account the notion of consent[2]. No surprise from a president who declared that Depardieu "makes France proud" when he is accused of rape and assault by 13 women. No surprise either from a president who managed to successively name four ministers accused of rape, including the Minister of the Interior. It is also impossible to forget that the current government has six former ministers who supported the Manif pour tous, a record. We can complete this picture with radically antisocial measures such as the pension reform and the reform of the RSA and unemployment insurance, or the particular vision of education which emerges from the president: SNU, uniforms, and premises of a questioning of the single college.

There has been no shortage of "weak signals" of the president's radicalization over the years: tribute to Pétain in 2018, interview with Valeurs Acteurs in 2019, quote from Maurras in 2020, the complete list would be too long... Upon his re-election in 2022, the elements were in place, until his election speech where he promised to do everything so that the French no longer have any reason to vote for "the extremes", a plural reminiscent of Trump in Charlottesville[3], which we will savor all the more knowing that he was targeting the reformism of Mélenchon and LFI on the left, mounted as scarecrows.

The cult of "the strong man"

But beyond reactionary influences, there is an eminently fascist component in the DNA of Macronist capitalism: the cult of "the strong man", virile, rich and powerful. Barely elected Attal, we were told that he was a superman who only slept a few hours a day, capable of enduring sleepless nights. In less than seven years, 26 ministers and former ministers have been implicated in legal cases[4], but these cases never call into question their mandates: for Macron, his followers are above the law, bearers of a mission that cannot be called into question. It is difficult to be surprised by this feeling of impunity when we discover that more than a third of the new government would belong to the richest 1% of the population[5]. Here we find one of the points of connection between fascist thought and capitalism: the idea that a small caste innately deserves to accumulate wealth and power without limits.

N. Bartosek (UCL Alsace)

To validate

[1]"State racism: Let's remain mobilized against the Darmanin-Le Pen law", Libertarian Alternative n°346, January 2024.

[2]"The European Union renounces a community definition of rape", Le Monde, February 5, 2024.

[3]"Strong indignation after Donald Trump's change of heart on Charlottesville", Le Monde, August 15, 2017.

[4]"All the affairs that have affected Emmanuel Macron's ministers since 2017", Le Monde, January 17, 2024.

[5]"Attal government: investigation into these millionaires who govern us", L'Humanité, February 13, 2024.

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