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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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They voted to "freeze" UK Government's draft to put People in jail for 42 Days on "anti-terrorist" suspicion without charge, or they abstained. Don't they look suspect ?
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CoE's debate on UK controversy stirs PanEuropean check of anti-terror suspects' imprisonment

Former Leftists of the Sixties would boil in hot water if they heard PACE's debate on the controversial 42 days detention without charge, currently drafted by the British Government :

A "Socialist" Government, a Socialist PACE Rapporteur and a Socialist Chair of PACE's Legal Committee, opposed a .. "Conservative" amendment (supported by .. Liberals, Democrats, etc), to freeze the measure, in order to protect Citizens' Freedom, by "waiting" until CoE's Venice Committee checks its conformity with Human Rights' principles.

"Left"'s support to Conservative-Lib.Dem's criticism, wasn't enough to obtain a majority, nor to make things as they were back in the good old days, when "Left" and "Right" had a clear meaning, as "liberty" and "restrictions"...

Conservatives and most Democrats were joined by the Left in voting for the "freeze", as well as Liberal Paul Rowen, while Socialist MEP Ivan Popescu, an experienced MEP from Ukraine (PACE Member since 1996-2008) abstained. But most Socialists, added to a few Liberals and EPP's Right, voted against.

Fortunately, someone inside PACE had the wise idea to shorten the Debate for less than 1 Hour, and put it on the Agenda only at the end of an exceptionally busy day, towards the end of the Evening, when most MEPs had already gone to taste wins and foods at various Receptions all around Strasbourg's "European" area : As a result, not even 42 MEPs weren't present..

Socialist Lord Tomlinson accused the leaders of the PanEuropean Assembly, in its highest body : the "Bureau", to "lack wisdom" by deciding to hold a Debate on an issue that neither the Socialist Chair of the Legal Committee, nor its Socialist "reluctant Rapporteur", did "not want to do", ...

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Finally, everybody (critics and supporters alike) was happy to agree, in substance, that the controversial measure "may" gravely violate Human Rights, and therefore, PACE asked Legal Experts of Venice Commission to check UK Government''s plans.

But this might take more than .. 42 Days to do, since PACE's Rapporteur asked the Experts to enlarge their study in a PanEuropean comparison of all that is happening on "anti-terrorism" legislation in 47 CoE Member Countries, including Russia, Turkey and Azerbaidjan..

Bad lack : "The existing 28 days’ detention without charge in the UK is, in comparison with other CoE member countries, one of the most extreme : In Turkey, the period is 7,5 days, in France 6 days, in Russia 5 days, and in .. the U.S. and Canada just 2 and 1 days respectively", denounced Democrat MEP Ms WOLDSETH from Norway..

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"Numerous respected human rights organisations, including Liberty and Human Rights Watch, have expressed serious concern" "The proposed legislation ...could easily lead to extensive abuses. ...Detention for 42 days means six weeks in which one is taken away from one’s family, friends, home and livelihood only to be let off without being charged. That will destroy lives and isolate communities", she added.

- "3 years ago, the UK Government sought to increase the period of pre-charge detention from 14 days to 90 days. Not long before that, it had been only 7 days. There was a vigorous debate ...and a ...compromise was reached of 28 days. We have to ask whether there are proper safeguards in place to extend the period to 42 days. I suggest that there are fatal flaws", reminded British Conservative Clappison.

- "What sort of society holds someone in detention for 42 days and does not have to tell the person who is in prison why they are there, or explain the suspicions that arose and led to their detention? What sort of society believes that that is the way to treat its citizens? That is an appalling injustice, ...A 42-day detention period will not make the UK safer. Instead, it will be the first step to giving in to terrorists; it is saying that we are prepared to sacrifice our democratic rights and the principles for which we have stood for centuries", criticized British Liberal Michael Hanckock

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"Comments made ...by Norwegian delegates are unfortunate", replied British Socialist MEP Ms.Curtis-Thomas, accusing them to "besmirch the reputation of our police force, which is one of the Best in the World", as she said, believing that "there are significant safeguards ...to ensure that individuals are not subjected to unlawful detention"

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PACE "has serious doubts whether ...the draft legislation are in conformity with the ...case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. A lack of ..safeguards may lead to arbitrariness, resulting in breaches of ... liberty and ...right to a fair trial". PACE "is particularly concerned that: ..the judge ..may not be in a position to examine whether there exist reasonable grounds for suspecting that the arrested person has committed an offence;"; that "... representation by a lawyer may be inappropriately restricted or delayed;" that "information on the grounds for suspicion of a person ...may be unduly withheld.. ;" that this "may give rise to arrests without the intention to charge;", and; in general, that "prolonged detention without proper information on the grounds for arrest may constitute inhuman treatment", says Klaus De Vries' Report, adopted with 29 votes against zero.

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