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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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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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