Christiane Taubira b. 1952
Minister Of Justice of France
Vibrations have a way of changing things. When the shaking in a house is constant and appears to be destructive, what rattles off of shelves is surprising-or can be expected in the crashing sounds of something treasured.
France is in the middle of plenty of such trembling and uproar. Internally, the disgust of the registered voters who turn up on the specified day is one reason. The farm country leader, Hollande, hailing from an area between two southern cities, Bordeaux and Lyon, is a year after his campaigning as Monsieur Normal, admitting major cracks in the structure. Besides the crevasse now open and gaping, between Germany's state and France within the EU, it is obvious to the population that globalizing powers, some call it an Empire of the One Percent, has France in it's monstrous grip. Enormous have been the social strictures in the first decade of the 21st century. Combined, Paris and Marseille, accounting as important twin metropolises, have one fifth of the country's masses. Roads are crumbling like they are in the overseas départements and former colonies such as Madagascar which has the Chinese stepping up to pave the local lanes for rickshaws to pull Western tourists. Strikes by workers, an anemic economic slide and the exit of close to 90 billion euros in the last two years (bank accounts and investments put significantly into German banks) to another EU country. As in Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and other European nation states, the people able to have gotten their money out of France. The regular piggy bank is getting a shake. Part of the rearrangements, as in the USA, has been catapulting political figures of African descent into the high reaches of government. In France's case, a woman born in tiny Guyane (French Guyana of Devil's Island notoriety) became minister of justice of France in 2012.
Paris, like London, is expecting mass social unrest in 2013
The ordinary French trail of negative forces are out in the open. The script, as in all countries of Europe, regardless of higher and higher percentages of 'foreign blood', is written and broadcast by Whites controlling the corporate media. Xenophobia and racism is not a headliner in newspapers as much as the line that Muslims, Africans, Turks, even the French gay people testing 'tradition' in France. The difficulty with such a view is that the excuses for oppression have been a part of the culture since élan has been French. In 2013, the posting of François Hollande has only magnified the hallowed French trend of second tier empire building, based on a method of shaking up the world with finesse. French military and no doubt intelligence agencies, have been hard at work in the last few decades. As part of the funding and political maneuvering to help the neoliberal Palestine Authority, France has invested heavily but also been opposed on points by other EU forces like Germany. With a heavy Muslim population, many descended from anticolonial Algeria and the Mahgreb, to say little of West Africa, France has no choice than to appease the Muslim world in ways that most of Europe would not. The two way tension of abandoning ideas of a French global circuit and the tendency to expand as a multi diplomatic player geopolitically is not a small dilemma. This can be measured not only in an unbroken stretch of French at the helm of UN 'peacekeeping' operations. This makes for a world quaking geopolitical shudder when the invasions of Libya and Mali by France and other systems self ordained to control Africa are considered. The Central African Republic, not on too many minds in the West, is in the throes of French meddling and intrigue. Viet Nam and southeast Asia, once a French domain, has been 'lost' to economic competitors Beijing and Washington. Chad and Mauritania are not just places that French people happen to be hostages. French operatives are paying off military figures and chessboarding their way across North, Central and West Africa. Syria was a former French colony. In Syria and Lebanon, the French Code Of Military Justice, or just plain torture with no right to legal counsel did grave damage over the decades. 355 Syrians were 'tried' and executed without legal representation in 1926. This was the order of the day a hundred years ago and armies Paris planted in colonial times became repressive systems still to be addressed fully in Hums and Damascus. The senior Assad was a 1940s officer that passed the wheel to the current dictator. Iran has long been a valuable business partner (oil and French cars made-or labelled-actually made in Turkey) that cannot be lost outright to USA , Italy, southern Korea or Japan much less the UAE.
Hums (Homs), Syria
France is not a front running economy any longer. It's down there with the USA and others. Across the border, Brussels, Belgium the European Union seat is mired in any number of quicksand pits, not the least a far right political party bloc spanning almost thirty countries including the Le Pen clan of France. Neighbor Germany haunted by new nazi power is busy trying to get it's gold back from the Americans and tiny rich border countries such as Luxembourg and Switzerland have their own problems with the long arm of the IRS searching for USA tax evaders. Some capitalist analysts, adjusting their focus see Paris and not Berlin as the key to another EU arising--or the devolution of the monetary union and the dense bureacratic experiment gone sideways.
France needs to find a way out but that will take some doing.
A good shake out is the only way but it is what pops out which may be a surprise.
18 May 2013
See Related Articles:
African Beat In A European Crossroads (Exile 2008)
Martinique And The Neo Napoleon (Exile 2009)
Neuro (Exile 2012)