The French Neocon
By Ghali Hassan
01 May, 2007
Italian media compare Nicolas Sarkozy to Gianfranco Fini, the leader
of the fascist Alleanza Nationale party. Sarkozy has shown to be greatly
influenced by the Nazis’ ‘eugenic’ theory of ‘superior
race’. It is also revealed that Sarkozy was involved in violation
of international humanitarian law concerning immigrants. If elected,
Sarkozy will polarise France, incite hatred and divisions, and return
France to a violent imperialist power.
With 85 per cent of French electorate – the highest in generations
– voted in the first round of the French elections on April 22,
Sarkozy’s right-wing Union for Popular Movement (UMP) party won
31.10 per cent of the vote, a head of Ségolène Royal of
the “Socialist” Party on 25.85 per cent. Francois Bayrou
of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) party won 18.55 per cent of
the vote, and Jean-Marie Le Pen’s racist and xenophobic National
Front won 10.51 per cent. The decline in Le Pen’s popularity is
due to Sarkozy’s appeal to Le Pen voters. Le Pen was understandably
furious, and rightly accused Sarkozy of stealing “my ideas and
my votes”. Because the French Constitution requires that a candidate
receive an absolute majority of votes in order to be elected president,
the results mean a run-off on May 06 between Sarkozy UMP and Royal’s
Socialist Party for the French Presidency.
In its recent article “Le Vrai Sarkozy” (The Real Sarkozy),
the French weekly Marianne (PDF) (20 April, 2007), sheds light on the
man who wants to become France president. Marianne describes Sarkozy
as an “egomaniacal, power-hungry demagogue” and a “danger”
to France democracy. It adds that Sarkozy’s “folly is of
the kind that in the past has served as fuel for the ambitions of many
small dictators”. A member of Sarkozy’s UMP party told Marianne:
“It said that [Sarkozy] is a narcissistic, an egotist. These words
are weak. I've never encountered anyone with such a capacity to spontaneously
erase from his surroundings everything that is not a reflection of himself.
Sarko is sort of a blind man regarding the exterior world who can only
look at his interior world. He looks at himself, he looks at himself
constantly, but he can't look at anything else”. It is a familiar
portrait of past (European) dictators.
While the mainstream media like to portray Sarkozy as “a changed
man”. The reality, Sarkozy is an extremist in sheep’s clothing,
who has attacked minorities, oppressed civil liberties and divided the
Sarkozy’s main target is the marginalised Muslims and Muslim immigrants
in France. Like other Western leaders, Sarkozy is banking on the current
anti-Muslim plague – the Islamophobia contagious virus –
in “the West”. With his rhetoric of false patriotism and
negative nationalism, Sarkozy is playing on people’s (imagined)
fear and tapping into a growing pool of hardcore racists. He has called
for more Nazi’s-like repression against immigrants, and he is
in favour of creating a Ministry of Immigration and National Identity.
As France’s Minister of the Interior in 2005, Sarkozy was involved
in illegal deportation of immigrants and engaged “in expulsion
quotas and charter flights”. Sarkozy’s attacks on French
youth (mostly descendants from Muslim and non-Muslim African immigrant
families) demonstrating against discrimination and police violence calling
them “scum” and “riff-raff”, saying that they
should be hosed with "Karcherized" (pressurized water) brought
him notoriety and revealed his real colour.
Furthermore, Sarkozy has made it public knowledge that he is in favour
of the Nazis’ ideology of ‘superior race’. (See Sarkozy’s
interview in Philosopie Magazine conducted by French Philosopher, Michel
If we look back at world history, we can see that Sarkozy is using a
“blueprint” to turn France into a dictatorial (fascist)
state. It is a frightening time when Western politicians conveniently
forgetting the horrors of the Holocaust.
Furthermore, Sarkozy is one of the few European politicians to support
U.S. illegal invasion of Iraq and the ongoing mass murderous Occupation
of that country by the U.S. and Britain. His policy on Israel and the
Palestinians is a U.S. policy. He said, he will “defend Israel’s
security”, a deliberately constructed Western cliché designed
to justify Israel’s terror, Israeli occupation of Palestinian
land and dispossession of the Palestinian people from their land and
their rights. He has praised France imperialist past, including France
crimes against humanity. His attitude to Turkey’s membership in
the European Union (EU) is: “If you let 100 million Turkish Muslims
come in, what will come of it?” Of course the comment is grossly
misleading and Sarkozy is engages in fear mongering and spreading of
the Islamophobia virus.
Contrary to the Murdoch right-wing media, Sarkozy is not the “answer
to France problems”. With 8.6 per cent overall unemployment (due
to high rate among French youth), France is doing better than many countries
in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
“[M]ost French have jobs and love their security; all French love
their efficient public transport, high-speed trains running like clockwork
at 320km/h, efficient urban planning, fine health services and excellent
state primary and secondary schools”, wrote Professor Charles
Sowerwine, of Melbourne University and the author of France since 1870:
Culture, Politics and Society. It is evident why in 2005 the French
voted against the (neoliberal) EU constitution.
In addition, Professor Tony Judt of the Remarque Institute at New York
University wrote in a New York Times op-ed (NYT, April 22, 2007) that;
“French infants have a better chance of survival than American
ones. The French live longer than Americans and they live healthier
(at far lower cost). They are better educated and have first-rate public
transportation. The gap between rich and poor is narrower than in the
United States or Britain, and there are fewer poor people”. Professor
Judt added; “Yes, France has high youth unemployment, thanks to
institutionalized impediments to job creation. But the comparison to
American rates is misleading: our figures are artificially lowered because
so many dark-skinned men aged 18 to 30 are in prison and thus off the
unemployment rolls”. If elected, Sarkozy will rollback all these
achievements in favour of ‘Neoliberalism’ that has infected
other countries and destroyed many lives.
Finally, the highly respected Berliner Tageszeitung described Nicolas
Sarkozy as; a “tricolore George Bush who wants to impose on France
a right-wing American ideology of neoconservative”, an ideology
characterised by perpetual violence, racism, violation of international
laws and civil liberties.
If elected, Sarkozy will follow in George Bush’s footsteps. Sarkozy
will compromise France independence, disregard international laws and
civilised norms, and destroy constitutional freedoms. On May 06, the
French people will have an important choice to make: reject extremism.
Ghali Hassan is an independent writer living in Australia.
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