Meet the Top Four Players in France’s Election

FILLON, LE PEN, MELENCHON, AND MACRON.

A nice little guide to use when following the French presidential election on Sunday, today. The final vote will be taken May 7, with the top two candidates facing each other.

Excerpt from Lew Rockwell

There are eleven aspirants in the presidential race though only four are considered serious candidates: former Prime Minister Francois Fillon; newcomer Emanuel Macron; firebrand leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon; and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen.

My favorite is none of the above. He’s a towering, craggy-faced character named Jean Lasalle from the Pyrenees mountains on the border with Spain with a delightfully thick accent that harks back to the southern Provencal language. He’s as authentic as they come, a real human being who might be able to tame France’s bully-boy unions. Alas, Lasalle’s chances appear slim.

By contrast to the rough-hewn Lasalle is the leading candidate, Emmanuel Macron. Just who Macron really is remains a puzzle. He came from an academic background, worked for the mighty Rothschild banking empire, then as an economic advisor and minister to President Holland. At 39 years old, Macron is blandly attractive, youthful, and so far untainted by scandal except for the oddity of being married to his former schoolteacher two decades his senior.

Macron claims to be a middle way between old antagonists of left and right. He calls for gentle reforms and revitalization of the European Union. Women like him. What he stands for is unclear. His deep links to the Rothschild’s make many uncomfortable. To others, he’s too smooth and full of bromides. Still, the polls say that Macron will win both this Sunday’s vote and the second round on 7 May.

Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon was the front-runner until severely damaged by accusations he had lined his pockets with government money and put his wife Penelope and children on the government payroll.

It was sad indeed to see this straight-arrow conservative candidate undone by what looked like sleaze. Fillon would have made a capable prime minister.

Next, Madame Marine Le Pen. She has been trying to distance herself from pugnacious National Front founder and her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen. The old boy has been given the bum’s rush from his party for daring to say that the Jewish Holocaust was a mere ‘detail’ of history. I spent a long time interviewing Papa Le Pen in his home outside Paris. He is not a fascist, as critics charge, but an old-style supporter of the 1940’s Vichy government of Marshal Pétain.

Marine Le Pen is no charmer, to be sure. She is rough, tough and often nasty. She wants Muslims out of France, a pullout from the EU and NATO, and a return to the old French franc. Like President Trump, she is popular in working class, high unemployment, low education areas. Le Pen has become the champion of downcast French suffering from what they call, ‘la morosité’ (moroseness).

Finally, the last of the leading candidates, Jean-Luc Mélenchon. He’s an old-time leftist full of loopy Marxist schemes about actually reducing France’s already short work week, reducing the retirement age, and taxing the pants of people who make more than 400,000 euros a year. Mélenchon wants out of NATO, revised relations with the EU, rejects being ordered around by the United States, and wants to ditch the euro.

Mélenchon may be an old-style firebrand but he’s very popular with youth and, of course, the left. He’s completely upstaged the lackluster Socialist candidate, Benoit Hamon and has soared in the polls. What French like about Mélenchon is his wit, sense of humor, and sharp debating skills. He appears authentic, platitude-free and bursting with what the French call ‘élan.’ Mélenchon is always fun to watch.

Polls say that Marine Le Pen and Macron will win this weekend’s first round. Macron is then favored to crush Le Pen in the 7 May vote. But France is now in a dither over the possibility of a win by Mélenchon this Sunday. That would leave him facing off against le Pen: the far right versus the far left. Interesting, bien sûre, but the prospect is giving France’s stock market, banks and investors a big scare.

If either were to win on 7 May, France might quit the euro and the European Union – a much graver event than Britain’s Brexit. The fate of the EU is hanging in the balance. Bankers are praying that the silky-smooth Monsieur Macron will save them from the vengeful heirs of Karl Marx and Marshall Pétain.

Muslims Riot in Rotterdam Over Turkish Rally Ban

Muslims are a volatile bunch. Their presence in the West is like a pus-filled sore that needs to be drained before the host dies of the infection.

Life is nice in Holland, what with tulips and windmills, but the Muslims there want everything their way.

Yahoo News

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey’s family minister flew home to Istanbul on Sunday after Dutch authorities expelled her for seeking to woo the vote of expatriate Turks for a key referendum at home.

A crowd waving Turkish flags greeted Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya at the airport, where she said she and her entourage were subjected to “rude and tough treatment”.

Her expulsion came after Dutch authorities barred Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from entering the Netherlands, where he, too, had planned to campaign for the April referendum that would boost the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The move fuelled a fierce row that spilled over into violence in the port of Rotterdam where Cavusoglu was to speak.

After several hours of calm demonstrations, police moved in early Sunday to disperse over 1,000 people gathered near the Turkish consulate, charging the crowd on horseback and using dogs to regain control.

Protesters hit back, throwing rocks at riot police, while hundreds of cars jammed the streets blaring their horns and revving their engines.

The Netherlands, which holds general elections on Wednesday, had repeatedly said Cavusoglu was not welcome to campaign for the referendum in the country and refused his plane permission to land.

Cavusoglu, meanwhile, has flown to France where he was set to address a rally in the eastern city of Metz on Sunday.

The French foreign ministry has cleared his visit, a French official said.

The Dutch decision to ban the event in Rotterdam came after Germany and other European nations saw similar campaign events blocked.

Erdogan, who was to address supporters on Sunday, reacted angrily, accusing the Dutch — who were once under Nazi occupation — of being “the vestiges of Nazis”.

The Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte fired back, saying Erdogan’s criticism was “crazy”.

– ‘Irresponsible’ –

Kaya was stopped just outside the Turkish consulate by Dutch police, and after several hours of negotiations escorted back to the German border.

The Dutch government said Kaya was “irresponsible” for attempting to visit after being told she was not welcome and said it told Turkey it could not compromise on public order and security.

In Istanbul on Sunday, a man climbed onto the roof of the Dutch consulate and replace the Dutch flag with a Turkish flag. The flag was later taken down.

The Netherlands is home to some 400,000 people of Turkish origin, and Ankara is keen to harness votes of the diaspora in Europe ahead of the April 16 constitutional referendum on creating an executive presidency.

The Turkish government argues the changes would ensure stability and create more efficient governance, but opponents say it would lead to one-man rule and further inflame tensions in its diverse society.

New migrant crisis on the way: Fears sparked of ‘summer of chaos’ at British border

BOATLOAD OF RESCUED AFRICANS HEADING FOR A NEW LIFE IN EUROPE.

From North Africa they come across the Mediterranean Sea by boat. Then across Europe to the English Channel at Calais. From there, it’s hitch a ride on a truck traveling the Channel Tunnel to England and they’re home free.

There’s no reason any of this should be happening except for a shortage of political will to make sure the RATS stay in Africa.

Excerpt from express.co.uk

A SURGE in the number of migrants has sparked fears of another summer of chaos at Britain’s borders.

lmost 20,000 have already made it by sea to mainland Europe in the first 67 days of 2017, it emerged yesterday.

The crisis is set to intensify as the weather in the Mediterranean improves.

The French have closed six motorway service stations on the approaches to Calais to prevent them being used by migrants trying to sneak aboard UK-bound lorries.

But their action may have come too late, truckers’ leaders warned last night.

James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the Freight Transport Association, said: “Our members have reported signs that migrants are returning to Calais and French motorway operator Sanef’s move to close truck parking areas at services near the port due to problems confirms this.

“The French authorities need to take action before the situation gets any worse.

“We don’t want to see a return to last summer’s chaos when drivers suffered threats and intimidation at unprecedented levels.”

The looming crisis was laid bare in figures released by the International Organisation for Migration which revealed that 19,567 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea this year, up to March 8, a rate of almost 300 a day.

Tory MP David Davies said: “The European nations are aiding and abetting this chaotic exodus by sending out rescue boats to pick up thousands of migrants trying to enter the Continent illegally from North Africa.

“They should be taking them straight back to ports and safe refugee camps so they are not incentivised to risk their lives trying.

“I hope this worrying development doesn’t herald the return to the chaotic events of last year.”

This video taken by a Calais truck driver went viral over a year ago. It shows him running the gauntlet of savages on the road to the channel tunnel. I recall posting it here when it first came out.

Hero Italian Cop Who Killed Muslim Christmas Massacre Perp Reviled as NAZI

Germany was set to honor the Italian police officer who shot dead the Berlin Christmas market Muslim mass murderer who had escaped to Milan, Italy.

Not any more.

New York Post

He went from hero to zero.

The Italian cop who fatally shot the ISIS terrorist responsible for the Berlin Christmas massacre has been exposed as a Nazi sympathizer – and Germany has now called off plans to hail him for his role in taking out the killer, Bild newspaper reported.

A shocking image has surfaced showing Officer Luca Scatà extending his arm in a Nazi salute with a big grin on his face, according to the German paper. His police partner, Christian Movio, 36, who was also was involved in the ISIS takedown, is believed to have totalitarian views, too.

LUCA SCATA DOING THE ROMAN SALUTE.

Bild published the photo of Scata, 29, and the new information about his partner Monday under a headline, “Doubtful Heroes.”

German officials have now nixed the idea of recognizing the two officers for their heroism in tracking down and killing Islamic State extremist Anis Amri in Milan, Italy, on Dec. 23.

Five days earlier, Amri had hijacked a truck and plowed through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring scores more.

The Tunisian-born terrorist traveled to the Netherlands, Belgium, France and then Italy, where the two cops caught up with him.

During an ensuing gun battle, the extremist wounded Movio before Scata shot Amri dead.

Luca Scota, you will always be a hero to decent people everywhere. Screw Germany’s Angela Merkel and her political correctness. Thanks to you, good sir, there is one less dune coon terrorizing innocent men, women, and children.

Chief Rabbi for all of Europe says Jews are ‘fighting alongside their Muslim brothers against Old Europe.’ (Video)

As one commenter on Twitter wrote: “Fire up the ovens.”

Illegals Claim Fear of “white guy with a clipboard”

Don’t feel sorry for any of the deported and detained. The longer they’ve lived here, the longer they’ve been stealing from the American worker and taxpayer.

Excerpt from the Chicago Tribune

Pastor Fred Morris looked out over his congregation Sunday as news ricocheted around the world that American authorities were rounding up immigrants in an enforcement surge that President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail.

Parishioners did not smile as on any other Sunday morning. They stared down at their feet. Others didn’t attend at all.

“There is a dreadful sense of fear. It’s more than palpable. It’s radiating. People are terrified,” said Morris, whose United Methodist mission is in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Los Angeles. “They were just sitting there in stunned silence.”

For days, fear and confusion have gripped immigrant communities after word spread that federal agents were rounding up hundreds of immigrants in cities across the country. The scope of the operation remained unclear on Sunday.

Advocates and immigration lawyers scrambled to contain the panic and to organize seminars and social media campaigns to teach people their rights.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said the efforts were “routine” and no different than the arrests carried out under former President Barack Obama that targeted those with criminal histories or multiple immigration violations.

But Trump took to Twitter to claim credit.

“The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise,” the president wrote. “Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!”

Immigration advocates said many immigrants are now afraid to send their children to school and afraid to go to church or work or the hospital. Panicked rumors spread as quickly as the truth.

“Every time so much as a white guy with a clipboard is walking around, everyone runs into their apartments and locks the doors,” Sandoval-Moshenberg said.

Trump signed an executive order days after taking office that made clear that almost any immigrant living illegally in America could be targeted.

Immigrant-rights groups cite the case of Manuel Mosqueda, a 50-year-old house painter, as an example of how they believe ICE agents in the new administration are again going too far.

During last week’s enforcement operation, ICE agents showed up at Mosqueda’s home in the LA suburbs looking for someone else. While there, they inquired about Mosqueda, learned he was here illegally and put him on a bus to Mexico.

Karla Navarrete, a lawyer for the advocacy group CHIRLA, said she sought to stop Mosqueda from being placed on the bus and was told by ICE that things had changed. She said another lawyer filed federal court papers and got a judge to stop the deportation. The bus turned around, and Mosqueda is now jailed in Southern California, waiting to learn his fate.

In Virginia, agents who went to an apartment Thursday looking for a wanted man picked up everyone else in the apartment too, except for one women with a baby in her arms, said Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, legal director for Legal Aid Justice Center’s immigrant advocacy program in northern Virginia.

“Here’s what happens on the ground: Somebody knocks on the door, they ask for a name, the people are very scared,” said Tessie Borden, an advocate in Los Angeles. “Then they round everybody up and say ‘We’ll sort it out later.’ But sorting it out later may mean separating families and breaking down support systems for these folks.”

The message is getting out:

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It’s still a drop in the bucket though.

Huffington Post

ICE’s national office pushed back against the idea that anything was out of the ordinary.

“The rash of recent reports about purported ICE checkpoints and random sweeps are false, dangerous, and irresponsible,” the agency wrote in a statement about detentions in the Los Angeles area. “These reports create panic and put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger. Individuals who falsely report such activities are doing a disservice to those they claim to support. “

Still, the agency acknowledged the “enforcement surge” in the Los Angeles area. During the five-day operation, ICE agents detained 160 people, all but 10 with “criminal histories,” according to a statement.

Immigrant rights advocates who keep a close eye on deportations said they’ve seen a clear uptick in arrests in multiple cities, including the deportation of Guadalupe “Lupita” García de Rayos, a mother of two U.S. citizens who came to the country at the age of 14, in Phoenix on Thursday.

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Fear Rises in Taco Bender Hearts and Minds as ICE Retakes Enemy Territory Held by Mexicans

Officially, there’s 11 million Mexicans in America. Unofficially, it’s probably much higher than that.

So, there’s a lot of territory to be reclaimed from the enemy invaders. The few hundred detained over the last week is a pathetically small number. But the Mexicans are fighting to keep every one of them in the U.S., claiming that they have a right to be here because the whole continent is theirs.

The tears are already flowing like rain.

Los Angeles Times

Sweeping raids by U.S. immigration officials in recent days nabbed hundreds of individuals believed to be in the country illegally, spreading alarm among immigrant rights groups as they scrambled to gather information and warn people in communities nationwide.

Through social media and pop-up legal clinics, immigrant rights groups have doled out around-the-clock assistance, even as federal officials pushed back against the notion that the detentions reflected a vast overhaul of immigration law enforcement ordered by President Trump.

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had conducted “targeted enforcement operations” focused on detaining people with criminal backgrounds in cities across the country. Officials described the operations as “routine.”

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Nearly 200 people throughout Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were arrested last week during raids, according to a preliminary tally provided by ICE’s Atlanta field office. In the Los Angeles area, more than 150 arrests were made in a weeklong operation, ICE officials said.

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And in Austin, Texas, ICE officials did not provide a total number of arrests but did notify the Mexican Consulate General of the number of Mexican nationals. A spokesman from the consulate said Saturday that nearly 50 arrests of Mexican nationals had been recorded since Thursday. On average, the consulate is notified of about three each day. (The Mexican government last week urged its nationals in the U.S. to “take precautions” amid a “new reality” for the immigrant community.)

“ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. ICE does not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately,” Bryan Cox, ICE’s Southern region communications director, said in a statement Saturday.

So many tears and it’s only the beginning.

San Antonio’s Doug Sahm is crying:

South Texas Freddy Fender is crying too: