For the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic in France, there will be no candidate from the traditional right-wing and left-wing parties in the runoff Presidential election on May 7. The winners of the first round are the polymorphous, fake “centrist” Emmanuel Macron (23.7%) and Marine Le Pen (21,5%) of the extreme right-wing Front National.
The Socialist Party candidate got smashed, at only to 6.5% of the votes, after many of the party’s top tenors (and implicitly François Hollande) decided to support Macron, rather than Benoît Hamon, who had been chosen by the socialist rank and file in a primary.
French voters evidently decided to vote for someone with good chances of winning, rather than to base their choice on ideas, as none of the “small” candidates got over 1.2% of the total.
While Jacques Cheminade was credited with only 0.20% of the votes, he was very pleased with the success his campaign had in hammering away at the need to free France from “financial occupation” and to launch a prodigious project for the future. He has stated he would not vote for either Le Pen or Macron.
In addressing his supporters on the evening of April 23 in Paris, he thanked all the activists who had worked so hard for his campaign, and all the voters who had the courage to stick to principle. “With very little, we managed to do more than others did with a lot. Because we took up the challenges of our time. We opened a door in the France of today, where the Frenchmen are fed up with the tightly-knit political caste,” but are not yet convinced that anything else is possible.
“We have to capitalize on what was accomplished during this campaign. We began to open the door which will allow us to go further by inspiring others. In this campaign, I often had the impression that there was a denial of reality, because the fundamental challenges were hardly brought up.”
The first of those major issues is “the financial occupation” of France, which Cheminade was the only one to denounce. In fact, he went on, Frenchmen have not yet understand “what is about to come crashing down on them”, in particular in the form of social austerity, promoted by financial powers outside of France, and their collaborators within. Secondly come the humanitarian crises of the 21st Century, in particular in terms of lack of water and food for the world population. The third challenge is the war danger. “There was a lot of talk of national sovereignty, but it was just hot air.”
For Cheminade, “we must reassert our national independence, be it toward Trump, toward Putin or all the others.” Then, we can establish international relations based on detente, entente and cooperation.
With the door now half-open, “we can become the catalyst of a real change, and inspiration. But on one condition: that you continue to fight for that.” This campaign, Cheminade went on, has given his movement many advantages, and all those who were interested and intrigued by his ideas, but felt they had to vote for a candidate with a good chance of winning, will now be more open to join the fight.
There is no solution which takes us back to the past, Cheminade concluded.
“It’s from the standpoint of the future that we need to look at today’s situation. The example I use is that of General de Gaulle leaving for London [in 1940 to lead the Resistance], but incarnating France in spite of what the Frenchmen of the time had become.”
Cheminade’s statement is available in full, in French.