Monday 22nd of July 2024

becoming the "shame of europe"...


"We are desperate, we no longer believe in you": such was the cry from the heart of a nurse from Pitié-Salpêtrière facing Emmanuel Macron, who was strongly challenged by two caregivers on the situation of the hospital.

Filmed by BFM TV, Emmanuel Macron's surprise visit on May 15 to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital (Paris) gave rise to a tense exchange between the president and two emergency nurses.

In the video, Emmanuel Macron first tried a positive speech: "I don't want good energy to fall and despair to set in."

Except that in front of him, the two caregivers responded by fighting back. "Unfortunately, the despair is already there, Mr. Macron," said one of them. "But we're still are here!” 

Then seeking to inform the president, "even before the Covid pandemic we were already desperate, for years Mr. Macron," said the second nurse. 

"I know, I do my best", barks the president.

If the caregivers welcomed the gesture of the special bonus Covid-19, described as "nice", one of them reiterated the requirement of the staff, namely to obtain "upgrades" from the State. She also asked for a time and if conditions were going to be put in place to get a salary increase. 

"On each promise, you add conditions to us," she criticizes.

"I never made a promise on this, when I make promises, I keep them," says Emmanuel Macron. 

"We are desperate, we no longer believe in you," said one of the nurses immediately.

"We have reinvested in the hospital sector for 15 years," pleaded Emmanuel Macron, referring to a government project of 2018 on the reduction of the hospital rate. 

"But Mr. Macron, all that, we do not see it, you are talking to us financially in relation to a whole of things," criticizes one of the caregivers, explaining that their salary had not changed. Mr. Macron, it takes the Covid for you to realize that hospital system in disrepair”

Emmanuel Macron conceded that part of their expectations were "legitimate", while evoking the fact that the premium granted was not the fruit of one of his promises.

"Yes, well, it took the Covid for you to react, it's not normal," replied one of the nurses. "Mr. Macron, you need the Covid to realize that the hospitals are suffering," she added.

"It is not true, it is false," said Macron.

"We are the shame of Europe", dares the second caregiver who continues: "Why should we work with a mask that has expired in 2001? No political language please. ”

Emmanuel Macron retorts: “It is not political language. It is not true that we are ashamed of Europe. ”

"We are one of the countries where nurses are the most poorly paid, for a large country in Europe this is not normal", replies one of the two women.


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Previously, the President of the Republic has informed M André Marie of his own conclusions on the possibility of a limited and concrete programme of national and international republican action in regard to the reinstitution of the authority of the republican State under the republican law, in the military and civilian areas, and on the economic stability that conditions the political stability as well, and that un turn, results in the urgent solution to the problems of prices, of wages, of supplies, of the production and the distribution, of the financial and monetary situation that is the reflection, on the organisation of the national defence and on foreign policies. The president has added that the totality of these questions and the shared solutions define the government majority, which needs to be vigorous, unified, and for the essential public service chiefs to be of inflexible characters.

(French newpaper article c. early 1950s) Translations by Jules Letambour.

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and in belgium...

Belgium’s PM Sophie Wilmes has visited one of the nation’s hospitals battling the pandemic – but the medical staff literally turned their backs on her to show that her “display of support” for frontline workers was not enough.

Prime Minister Wilmes faced a cold welcome at the Saint-Pierre hospital in the Belgian capital Brussels, where the doctors and nurses found a novel way to show their dissatisfaction with the government’s policies amid the novel coronavirus epidemic. The nation has had one of the highest Covid-19 mortality rates in Europe.


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macron looses his majority...


Cédric Villani, Aurélien Taché, Guillaume Chiche; in all 17 deputies have turned their backs on LREM to found a new group — "Ecologie Démocratie Solidarité". This entity makes the presidential party lose its majority.


A symbol? The LREM "majority" refuse to see in it a cataclysm, but the symbol is strong: “walkers” [En Marche Macron political party] and ex-“walkers”, including Matthieu Orphelin and the candidate for mayor of Paris, Cédric Villani, launched on May 19 a new political group at the Assembly, which took away La République en Marche (LREM) absolute majority by a small margin.


They will outline the policies of the new party at a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m.


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napomacron or macronléon?...

Emmanuel Macron has threatened Hungary for instituting a state of emergency in the face of the pandemic, even though such exceptional powers entrusted to the French government are still in force, points Pierre Lévy, of the monthly Ruptures.

If arrogance was punished by the penal code, the French president would currently languish behind bars. No one has forgotten the wise advice he gave to the face of a young unemployed man: "get a grip on yourself and cross the street to find a job."

The beginning of his five-year term was interspersed with these spirited invectives, before the movement of the Yellow Vests came to temper its post-modern ardor. But Emmanuel Macron does not hesitate to promote himself as soon as he talks about Europe or the world. On the occasion of the joint press conference on May 18 with the German Chancellor, he had these strong words against those of the member states of the European Union which he suspects of "reducing the Rule of law": "on this, we will have no indulgence nor flexibility".

The name is not mentioned, but everyone understood that Macron's tone of school-cop was directed at the Hungarian Prime Minister. You don't have to be a fan of Viktor Orban, but such a sermon from the French head of state went beyond ordinary flippancy. It shows that within the EU, countries are equal but some "are more equal than others".

Imagine, for example, the head of the Maltese government saying these words — whatever the subject — to the German Chancellor?

To understand the punishment with which Emmanuel Macron threatens his "colleague" from Budapest, you should know that the latter had received parliament emergency provisions in the face of the health and economic consequences of the pandemic.

The law adopted by the Hungarian deputies grants wide powers to the government and to its leader, even if these can be removed by a new vote. This state of emergency, whatever its name, was in fact also implemented by a large number of European countries. But, some Hungarian protesters said the problem was that the state of emergency did not have an explicit deadline.

From there to suspect an infinite dictatorship ...

Thus, the Vice-President of the EU, Věra Jourová, had hoped that "the international community would place pressure on Hungary so that it returns to the club of democratic countries". It should be noted that the American NGO Freedom House had "demoted" this country to a "hybrid regime in a grey area between democracies and complete autocracies". We already know that financial rating agencies evaluate all EU countries, which are therefore monitored in terms of "democracy"; one day it's possible these agencies might suppress voters, by declaring them superfluous...

On May 15, however, three days before the Macronian threats, Mr. Orban estimated that the state of emergency could be lifted in early June. If this was the case, Hungary would then be one of the first countries to revert to the previous "democratic system". In any event, the Hungarian leader expected an apology from those who accused him of wanting absolute power for eternity.

Yet, three days later, the Elysée Palace master, Macron, made the severe remarks as mentioned, justifying himself with vigour: "the democratic idea and the European dream are the pillars of our identities". Coincidentally, it was also precisely on May 15 that the French executive launched more emergency provisions, enforcing extensions of fixed-term employment contracts and for temporary workers until the end of 2020 (at least). But this was different, since this type of power is fully in line with the "democratic idea and the European dream" ...


Pierre Lévy


Translation by Jules Letambour.



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macron le cool...

On a stroll in the Tuileries Garden with his wife, on July 14, Emmanuel Macron was surprised by a group of yellow vests just emerging from a demonstration, who, seeing him, heckled him for a time while demanding his resignation.

The scene was filmed by several of them and posted on social networks.

These yellow vests who, according to them, were returning from a demonstration to save the public service, which ended in confrontations with the police on the Place de la Bastille, first took the opportunity to chant to the president their famous slogan: "Macron resign!". They also sang their rallying tune: "We are here, even if Macron does not want us to be, we are here!"

As the President's bodyguards try to keep them away, one of the men exclaims in amazement: "It's incredible, we've found the black beast". The small group of yellow vests then begins to follow the presidential couple, covering with their shouts, the calls for calm from the president who decides to come and speak to them. "I wish you a good 14 Juillet, you can shout whatever, we're in a democracy" he says smiling.

But the demonstrators, who did not intend to miss such an opportunity to be heard, continue their invective: "You're going to be fired!", Macron hears them loud enough...

They then took the opportunity to question the "Elysée Palace tenant" about police violence, one of them asking him to "fire the Brav" — these brigades of repression with violent motorised coppers, composed of police and gendarmes and placed under the control of the Paris police headquarters. These motorcycle units were notably mobilised to intervene during the Yellow Vests demonstrations.

"Why do you support the Brav? They are violent" shouts one of the men to Macron, to which he replies that it is "not the President of the Republic who does this" and that "there are some in your lot [Yellow vests] who are violent ”.

"Be cool, don't shout," says the president, smiling, in order to lighten the mood.
"We can't take it anymore, we've been cool for 18 months," replies one of the demonstrators, "we just breathed deadly gas an hour ago," says another, who is filming, referring to the end of the demonstration for the hospital, marked by clashes with the police.
"You are not models of respect either," replies Emmanuel Macron. "There are some amongst you who are violent [...] People are fed up with your Saturdays", he continues, alluding to the demonstrations of the Yellow Vests which have been held every Saturday since November 17, 2018.
"But you know there are problems," retorts a yellow vest, citing "purchasing power and tax justice", but also the Balkany case and the pension reform.
"Why did the police get there? Because you did not only demonstrate, you broke many properties" argues the president, under the protests of the small group who argue with him: "You don't come to protests!".
"The feeling of injustice, I understand" concedes the head of state. "It's a holiday today, I'm going on walk with my wife and you interrupt me" then tries to argue Emmanuel Macron. "
"You are my employee Mr. President!" Replies one of the demonstrators.

Delighted to have been able to speak to the head of state, the yellow vests end up thanking the president for taking the time to talk with them, while one of them exclaims with an annoyed air : "I can't even curse him".
"So much the better!" Replies Macron, turning back. Earlier in the day, Emmanuel Macron admitted in his television interview to be the object of a "detestation" by some, had been fuelled, according to him, by his "blunders".

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fat arts.....


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Filmmaker Gilles Perret makes a very simple observation concerning the absence of the Parisian artistic community in the demonstrations while the whole country is in flames. Need we remind you that Emmanuel Macron spent his years in the Holland government inviting the entire artistic elite when he was minister at Bercy, with taxpayers' money, to lavish social dinners. In other words, it is passive corruption which is further aided by the massive distribution of money to mediocre actors who make a very good living directing failed films. In reality, if they are not in the street it is because they support the government. History will remember it.

Where are the Victor Hugos, the Zolas… and other men and women of conviction who were there to defend the people against power and tyranny? This will not prevent these same modern Parisian artists from learning the texts of Hugo and Zola in order to play the virtual revolutionaries on the boards of the Parisian theaters, on the other hand it would never occur to them to act in the real world. and make history...