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Anti-Austerity Leftist Announces Challenge to French President Hollande


#1

Anti-Austerity Leftist Announces Challenge to French President Hollande

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Seeking to replace France's increasingly unpopular President Francois Hollande, former industry minister and "left-wing firebrand" Arnaud Montebourg announced his candidacy for president on Sunday.


#2

Best wishes to Arnaud Montebourg. It's sad to remember the excitement of the left when Hollande was elected on a platform much more progressive than our Democrats have fashioned this year. I look at Hollande as the French Obama, a slick talker who appealed to the masses with progressive speeches but served Big Money from the time he took office. We can only hope Montebourg isn't another Trojan horse.


#3

Just don't get that Le Penn punk elected unintentionally. Combatting austerity is valuable, but not so valuable as to risk giving the far right power.


#4

Hollande ran under the banner of Socialist.
He may have been a Socialist in the eyes of the oligarchy, but that's as far as that goes.
Hillary and Hollande have much in common.
They are both Capitalist warmongers.


#6

Sounds like Arnaud doesn't want to work on that neoliberal farm no mo.


#7

That sounds strangely familiar to "Just don't get that Trump punk elected unintentionally."
Hopefully just a coincidence...


#8

Ain't gonna work for Hillary no more.

I ain't gonna work on Hillary's farm no more
No, I ain't gonna work on Hillary's farm no more
Well, I wake in the morning
Fold my hands and pray for rain
I got a head full of ideas
That are drivin' me insane
It's a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more

I ain't gonna work for Hillary's banker no more
No, I ain't gonna work for Hillary's banker no more
Well, he hands you a nickel
He hands you a dime
He asks you with a grin
If you're havin' a good time
Then he fines you every time you slam the door
I ain't gonna work for Hillary's banker no more

I ain't gonna work for Hillary's wars no more
No, I ain't gonna work for Hillary's wars no more
Well, he puts his fist
Out in your face just for kicks
His bedroom window
It is made out of crypts
The National Guard stands around his door
Ah, I ain't gonna work for Hillary's wars no more

I ain't gonna work for Hillary's bill no more
No, I ain't gonna work for Hillary's bill no more
Well, he talks to all the servants
About man and God and law
Everybody says
He's the brains behind the hill
He says he's sexy eight, but he says she's top floor
I ain't gonna work for Hillary's bill no more.


#9

Sounds like a good plan. Ya' know; run to the left of the ruling party, win a near majority of the party support with wildly popular policies and then disrupt the plans of the usual suspects. ( These French Socialist Progressives might be on to something.:wink: Is there a Green Party in France? That's key to providing a possible alternative narrative to the French people and a place to vote their hopes instead of their fears. With Podemos forcing yet another election soon; European 99s may begin to hammer the oligarchy on the other side of the head, so to speak. By all means, keep hammering.


#10

Does Dylan know what you're doing?


#11

Hollande has totally sold out the French people.


#12

Nonsense. That's the same poison Clinton supporters are spewing, and for what purpose? To elect the Koch Brothers' and Henry Kissinger's favorite candidate, a proven genocidal maniac (one who's already pushed for wars in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Honduras) instead of one who only might be.

Further, in a parliamentary system that "lesser evilism" bullshit is even more meaningless than it is in the U.S. Europe, unlike the U.S., actually has a choice of candidates.


#13

Most excellent news. This kind of spirit is needed all over the so-called "First World". More of this, please.


#14

Well actually I am a firm clinton supporter. For me, candidates are vehicles for parties to assume power.

Yes, the parliamentary system is a source of comfort. It still could be a possible issue if Montebourg isn't popular enough to win but does rhetorical damage to Hollande's standing.

We should have a parliamentary system too. It would mitigate the whole issues of "spoilers" in the first place.


#15

Agreed. Hollande quickly became New Sarkozy as soon as he was elected.


#17

It's the social democratic Two Step.

Fake to the Left, dance to the Right.


#18

I see you aren't very interested in dialog with followers of mainstream liberalism. It saddens me. Why are you so alienated by center-left politics?


#20

French Greens? Yes! CDs are a bit off in not mentioning that Cecile Duflot - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9cile_Duflot - has also just announced her intention to run. She's the Jill Stein of France - a politician who actually talks sense, would you believe.


#21

Good for her.


#22

Nothing left? She's to the left of John McCain and Marco Rubio. She believes in Climate Change. That's center-left. (sadly). She voices support for raising the minimum wage. That's center-left. She is pro lgbt rights. That's center-left. She doesn't want to build a giant border wall. That's not insane.

Left enough for me.


#23

11th arrondissement!