Globalists versus Non-globalists in France

Globalists versus Non-globalists in France. By Mark Steyn.

Say what you will about la République française but, unlike America, its election operations are not a rusted malodorous sewer of brazenly corrupt practices. So the election was held, the votes were counted in hours, and the official result was known by 1 am Paris time. There are no unmarked vans motoring the Dordogne or the Pas de Calais in the dead of night bearing additional votes sufficient to the need. …

From the first round of voting for the next President:

The Top Three is as follows:

Emmanuel Macron 27.6 per cent  [globalist]
Marine Le Pen 23.41 per cent   [non-globalist]
Jean-Luc Mélenchon 21.95 per cent  [non-globalist]

Mme Le Pen is designated by the BBC “far right” and M Mélenchon “hard left”. …

Marine Le Pen

Here are the candidates of the “mainstream” right and the “mainstream” left parties:

Valérie Pécresse (“Conservative”) 4.79 per cent   [globalist]
Anne Hidalgo (Socialist) 1.74 per cent   [globalist]

Mme Hidalgo has been Mayor of Paris for almost a decade; she’s as famous and glamorous as anyone in French politics. But nobody wants what she’s selling. Supposedly, she’s a Socialist and Mme Pécresse is a Conservative, yet oddly they agree on everything, including who to support in the second round. Ten minutes after polls closed, Mme Hidalgo cried, “Vote Macron!”, and five minutes later Mme Pécresse did the same. …

It’s not left versus right anymore, so much as globalist versus everybody else. The non-globalist part of the electorate — the majority — goes unrepresented in government in western country after western country.

In pocketbook terms, the gap between “hard left” and “far right” is now barely detectable: Mme Le Pen is pledging that no one under thirty will pay tax. There is surely plenty of overlap between the Mélenchon and Le Pen voters. …

Terms like ‘left’ and ‘right’ are irrelevant in French politics. In an advanced technocratic state, where almost any issue worth talking about has been ruled beyond the scope of partisan politics, you might as well throw away the compass. …

If the political culture forbids respectable politicians from raising certain topics, then the electorate will turn to unrespectable politicians — as they’re doing in France, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and elsewhere. Le Pen is not an aberration but the logical consequence…

There is no mainstream, only competing extremes. …

Macron is the rich guys’ guy, a metrosexual parody of l’homme Davos: there will be no change of any consequence. Every sentient creature in la France périphérique knows that.

 

 

Marine Le Pen has a couple of 51-49 polls [for the second round runoff] that suggest she still has a fighting chance on April 24th.

The globalist media insists on referring to LePen and Éric Zemmour (who is more outspoken against the Muslim invasion than LePen, and who got 7% of the first round vote) as “far right”.

How can they be “far” anything, if they got 30% of the vote between them? Those numbers put them near the center, by definition.

In Australia, the Labor Party gets a similar vote (30 – 35% first preference votes). Yet it is not described as “far left.”

The use of “far,” “extreme,” or “hard” to describe non-globalists is such a transparent bit of propaganda.