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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 incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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