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These municipal elections have also laid bare the lie that Macron's party, "La République En Marche" is anything but a full-fledged right-wing party (with authoritarian tendencies at that). For the past three years, Macron and his troops have pursued a standard neo-lib policy: tax cuts for the rich, less workers rights, unemployed treated as "slackers". Just like the LR (formerly UMP) party of Sarkozy & Fillon.

Macron, being a smooth talker, has been maintaining that his party is "elsewhere", neither right nor left (and not in the center either, despite being allied to the Centrists led by F.Bayrou). A capitalism with a human face, so to speak. The first strong pushback started started a year and a half go, with the gilets jaunes movement, and, more recently, the anti-racist movement, spurred worldwide by the George Floyd violent death.

Each and every time, Macron and his government have arbitrated in favor of the 1% vs. the 99%, and, facing the Green wave, the largely unsuccessful LREM candidates are joining forces with the right-wing LR as an anti-Green (and anti-Red) front. So much for a president who has been pushing for a green new deal...

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 04:22:58 PM EST

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