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All French Right's Top Candidates exposed to Judicial Prosecution eve of Election crucial for Europe

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 01 March 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While EU has practicaly Suspended Final Decisions on the Topical Debate about the Future of Europe (Initiated at the First EU-27 Summit of September 2016 in Bratislava : Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from the spot : f.ex. http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/bratislavaeusummitcontacts.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/bratislavasummitoutcome.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidentoncitizensandbratislavasummit.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/cypruspresidentforcitizenssaybeforechairingcoe.html  http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/victororbanoneuropeanandnationalreferenda.html, etc) for December 2017, i.e.just After  the forthcoming French and German Elections of April/May and September 2017, (to which could be Added also the Dutch Election of March 2017, probably Followed also by an Italian Election, later this year, shortly before the Austrian Election of 2018, etc), Both the 2 FrontRunner Candidates of the Right side of the Political spectrum in France : Francois Fillon of the "Republicans" (Center-Right) and Marine Le Pen of the "National Front" (Rightist), that many Polls predicted as able to Win a much-revendicated place at the 2nd Round of the Presidential Vote, due at the Beginning of May, were Officialy Exposed to Judicial Prosecution measures, by an Astonishing Coincidence, even the Same Day : Yesterday, February 28. (i.e. Eve of the Beginning of the Legal Procedure for the Registration of Candidacies, Today, 1st of March) !

Indeed, Fillon was officialy informed of 2 Judges' accelerated Decision to Prosecute him for a set of Charges, while another French Judge's demand for Marine Le Pen's Immunity to be lifted by EU Parliament was initialy Accepted by the latter's Committee on Legal Affairs and Civil Liberties, the Same Day in Brussels, (Opening the way for a probably Similar Final Decision by a "Mini"-Plenary, due on Thursday, 2 of March, also in Brussels).


Moreover, in Both Cases, despite their Difference, those Top Politicians of France, Leading Candidates for the 2017 Presidential Elections, are Accused for some apparently Lenient matters :


- Fillon has been accused recently, about Employing his Wife as his personal Parliamentary Assistant, during almost all his Political Life, since 1988, (followed by 1 Year Only of Private Employment in a Media owned by an aquaintance, on 2013), i.e. something that also Many other French MPs traditionaly used to do for Decades, while also reportedly contesting the amount of her salary and the veracity of her work. But he has already replied that she always helped him, f.ex. by Keeping his Constituency's Agenda, Meeting People that he didn't have Time to see personaly, in Preparing many of his Speeches, etc., while also claiming that 3.600 € net per Month would not be exagerated "for somene with Diplomas on Law and Litterature", as the former Prime Minister said. Tradtionaly, (at least until 2013), French MPs used to get about 7.500 € per Month for their Assistants, that they could use as they wished, (even keep that for themselves or invest it to a relevant Fund, etc) without having to give account to anyone else except, perhaps, to the National Assembly's Highest bodies, several mainstream Medias reported, 


- Marine Le Pen has been accused, since 2015, for Publishing 3 Photos of ISIL's Islamic Terrorism worst Crimes (including BeHeading, setting on Fire alive, or crashing several Civilian Victims), with the Brief Inscription  :  - "That's ISIS !", in a Tweet send in Reply to the controversial Claim of someone employed at a job of Journalist by the Establishment, (Mr. Bourdin), that her Party and ISIL could be compared or even assimilated. This was considered as "Publication of Violence at the Internet" by a local Judge at Nanteres (France).


However, as many French Medias observed, another MP, of her own Party ("National Front"), Mr. Collard, who had been also Accused for exactly Similar Acts, on that Same Occasion, has just seen his Parliamentary Immunity Confirmed by the National Assembly of France, only a Week ago (on the 22nd of February 2017). Meanwhile, Numerous Critical Reactions from People, Both in Germany and other Countries, as well as in France, have Started to be Published at the Internet, (including as "Comments" to mainstream Medias' relevant Articles), almost immediately. As for Marine Le Pen hershelf, she reportedly Criticized EU Parliament to be Part of an Establishment which threatens to Hinder the People of France and its Candidate to work freely for a Democratic Election, as she claimed, (if its Plenary confirms the Lift of her Parliamentary Immunity, Tomorrow Afternoon).

Fillon, after rapidly Consulting with many main Politicians of his Party ("the Republcans", including even Former Competitors in the 2016 Primaries, as former President Niocolas Sarkozy, and former Prime Minister Alain Juppé, etc), Started to Launch a vibrant Counter-Attack against all those who Accuse him, Denouncing a Blatant Attempt to Hijack and Rigg the forthcoming crucial Presidential Election of April 2017, (that he was reportedly estimated to Win at the 2nd Round, according to Most Polls of 2016 and 2017, against Marine Le Pen), and a "Political Murder" by "Systematic Violations of the Rule of Law".


His Party also Anounced even an Exceptional Popular Public Meeting, at Down-town Paris, due on this Sunday, 5th of March, "in Support" of Francois Fillon, who Called for a Popular "Resistance" against alleged attempts to "Robb" the Citizens from their Democratic Right to Choose the Candidates and Programs of their preference for a Real Political Alternative to the Out-Going "Socialist" Government on 2017, as he said in a Speech transmitted by Internet Today.


Symbolicaly, Fillon's Popular Meeting was fixed at the Spectacular location of "Trocadero", which notoriously includes also what is called as "Parvis of Human Rights" and Democratic Freedoms, (that Sarkozy had also Chosen for his Ultimate Public Meeting on the 1st of May 2012 : Comp. relevant "Eurofora" NewsReport from the spot then at : ...).

The above mentioned Judicial Measures for the Prosecution of the Main Leaders of the French Right, (particularly those Targetting Fillon, who protested for being allegedly Discriminated against), were Backed by almost All Top Politicians from the Left Side of the Political Spectrum, who added also other various relevant Criticisms against Fillon's reaction : Such moves include the Out-Going President Hollande ("Socialist", who is Not participating in the New Presidential Election), Hammon, (the Official Candidate of his "Socialist" Party), and Macron, (Center-Left, and former Counselor as well as Minister of Hollande), etc.


In Reply to such an Exceptionaly "Hot" Debate on the Role of several Judges in Politics, (which is particularly "Hot", currently, also in the USA, especialy concerning some Judges' attempts to Cancel Popular Referenda and/or Federated States' Decisions against the Controversial "Same Sex Marriage" between Homosexuals, pushed by former US President Obama, but Against New US President Trump's Decision to Suspend Visas for Immigrants from a List of Countries considered as Dangerously infiltrated by Islamist Terrorism, also by the Former Administration), 2 Top Judges currently at the Head of the Judicial Mechanism nowadays in France, holding Top Jobs at the Highest Court for Civil and Criminal Law cases, (the  "Cour de Cassation"), its 1st vice-President, Bertrand Louvel, and its Attorney General, Jean-Claude Marin, published Today a Joint Communiqué, where they apparently Try to Cool things down.


1st Vice-President Louvel's period in office extends between 2014-2017, i.e. almost during that of the currently Out-Going "Socialist" Government (with President Hollande), while that of Attorney General Marin had already Started from mid-2011, i.e. towards the End of the former Center-Right Government (with President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Fillon), and they seem to Try to use their Joint Moral Authorities in order to Support both Judges' Independence from any Government of the moment, as well as their Duty to Not Disrupt the core functioning of Political Democracy :


 - Observing "a Hot Ambiance ... in Political circles, nowadays, about Judges' work", they note that "some Pretend that it is Manipulated by the Government", while this claims that "it Backs Judges' Freedom to act".


- But, "in Fact, Judges don't deserve Neither such an Excessive Criticism, Neither do they need to be Backed by Anyone", Louvel and Marin Sharply point out.


- This goes as long as "Judges work at their own Pace, in Full Independence, Only under the Monitoring of the Highest Courts, while they also have a Duty to Avoid any Public Interference in the Electoral Debate", they Advise, in Conclusion.


Strasbourg-based PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law : the CoE, notoriously has a Crystal-clear Mandate, and even a Duty, to Effectively and Timely use its (various but able to converge) relevant Bodies, (f.ex. ECHR, Parliamentary Assembly, Anti-Corruption Committee "GRECO", Elections' Monitoring, Quality of Justice mechanism, etc), in order to Check the Proper Functioning of National Court's System, as well as of Democratic Institutions, (including, f.ex., the due Respect for the Separation of Powers, etc).


EU's Court of Justice, at nearby Luxembourg, (particularly since the Entry into Force of EU's "Charter" for Fundamental Rights), and UNO's Human Rights' Council at nearby Geneva, etc, might, eventualy, also play, at least on Certain Key Points, a relevant role. But, naturaly, the Main Role at Elections' Time, in any Democracy, can and must be played, at the end of the game, mainly by the People.

 

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Meanwhile, according to the 1st Official List published Today by the French Constitutional Court, among all the Initial Candidates for the Job of New President of the Country, it's Fillon who comes at the 1st place, as far as the necessary Collection of sufficient Endorsements by various other Elected Representatives (Mayors, MPs, Senators, Regional Counselors, etc) is concerned :


- Currently, he's the Only One to have just crossed the required Threshhold of 500 Endorsements, by Succeeding to get 738, compared to Only 229 for Macron, 134 for Hamon, 87 for Melenchon (Leftist MEP), and 25 for Marine Le Pen, (However clear No 1 in all recent Polls, despite a probable Loss at the Second Round of the forthcoming Election vis a vis Fillon or Macron), who Must Complete the Number of their Official Endorsements Before March 18, in order to become Definitively Able to Participate in the Presidential Election. (The same going, naturaly, also for several Other Candidates, reportedly of a smaller notoriety).


Until Now, it's Only a Few, mainly 2nd rang Politicians, particularly at a Local level, and/or coming from the Center, (i.e. who, already, had Not Supported Fillon initialy), who called him to Stop the Electoral Campaign, but withOut having proposed any known, realistic alternative possibiolity for the Center-Right, particularly in the Short Time still available.


But the Main Thrust of his "Republican" Party, and of his various Supporters among the People attracted by the Center-Right main Opposition to the Ou-going "Socialist" Governmet, reportedly still Stands by its Candidate, recently Chosen at Exceptionaly "Open" Primaries, (See f.ex. : ...), firmly Supporting Fillon at this crucial juncture, that he apparently intends to use also as a kind of Poiitical "Boomerang", in order to Stimulate an even More Active Popular Support to his Political Program, clearly presenting his Candidacy as the Only Able to Offer a Realistic Alternative Both to the "Continuation" of the UnPopular Out-Going "Socialist" Government of Hollande, and to what he denounced as a "Crazy Adventure of the Extreme Right".


However, a Politicaly Divided Right in France (since the 1980ies), Paradoxicaly looks nowadays (on 2017) as if it was becoming, in fact, nonens-volens, somehow ..."United", at least s far as the Hard Realities provoked by those Unprecedented and Unexpected, Last-Minute Attempts to Prosecute the 2 Main Candidates from the Right Side of the Political Spectrum are concerned.


Perhaps this will not remain the Only Paradox of this French Election, Crucial for all Europe's Future, but, until now, Full of various UnExpected Events...

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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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