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lord patch
05-08-2007, 01:24 AM
S.Killa -- "sarko"


Scherzo -- "Ta démocratie mon oeil !"


Riots all over France after right-winged Sarkozy elected for president


The trouble followed news that Sarkozy - a right-wing Conservative -
is thought to have beaten socialist Segolene Royal by six points to
replace Jacques Chirac. Sarkozy - who in his victory speech vowed to
represent all of France - said: "The French people have chosen change.
They have decided to break with the ideas and habits of the past. I
will rehabilitate work, authority, morality, respect, merit. I will
restore honour to the nation and national identity - I will bring
French pride back to the French people." In a second speech to massed
crowds, he said: "France has given me everything and the time has come
for me to give back everything it has given." Sarkozy, who has
promised 100 days of action when he takes control, added that America
could "count on our friendship" but that it must take the lead on
climate change.

Initial exit polls revealed the reform-minded victor won 53% of the
vote. Although unofficial, the exit polls are usually accurate. Ms
Royal, addressing her faithful supporters in Paris after conceding
defeat, said she had given "all her strength" during the campaign. She
added: "I would like to thank the 17 million people who voted for me
and I express disappointment but I would like to say to them that
something has been started that will not stop." Sky's Foreign Affairs
editor, Tim Marshall, said Sarkozy is known as 'Thatcher with
trousers', after former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher. He added:
"He'll think he's got a mandate to change this country."

Voter turnout was 85%, the highest level in 33 years.

Mr Sarkozy, 52, the son of a Hungarian immigrant who heads the ruling
Union for a Popular Movement, was seen as the clear frontrunner. The
latter stages of the campaign had been marked by a bitter war of words
between the two. On Friday, Ms Royal - who would have been the
country's first woman president - warned of "violence and brutalities
triggered across the country" if he wins. She was highlighting fears
that a victory by him could spark unrest in the poor high-immigration
neighbourhoods that were the scene of riots in 2005. Mr Sarkozy, who
was Interior Minister at the time, is a hate figure for many young
people of black and Arab origin. He has also been vilified as a
hard-right authoritarian by many on the left.

PHOTOS of events here:
le nutter
Homepage: http://www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20070506160144512


Nicolas Sarkozy wins French presidential election
By Peter Schwarz
7 May 2007


Nicolas Sarkozy will succeed Jacques Chirac as president of France on
May 16. The leader of the right-wing Union for a Popular Movement
(UMP), the party founded by Chirac, won yesterday's presidential
election with 53 percent of the vote. His opponent, Socialist Party
candidate Ségolène Royal, received 47 percent. At 85 percent, voter
turnout was amongst the highest ever recorded. It was slightly higher
than the 84 percent in the first round of the election two weeks ago.

Sarkozy's ascent to the highest office in the state marks a shift to
the right in French domestic and foreign policy. The 52-year-old son
of a Hungarian immigrant made a name for himself with his provocative
attacks on impoverished youth and immigrants. He campaigned on a
platform combining fervent nationalism with calls for law and order
and neo-liberal economic policies. An active member of the Gaullist
movement for three decades, Sarkozy has occupied ministerial posts for
the last five years—first as minister of the interior, then of the
economy, and then again of the interior.

Half an hour after the polling stations close on Sunday night, Sarkozy
gave a public address. He began by describing his "unspeakable pride
to belong to a great, old and beautiful nation." After paying respect
to Madame Royal and assuring her voters that he would be "the
President of all French people and speak for all of them," he
interpreted the election results as a mandate for a fundamental shift
to the right: "The French people have chosen to break with the habits
and the ideals of the past. I will rehabilitate work, authority,
morality, respect, merit! I will bring back to the French the pride to
be French."

While foreign policy had not played a major role in the election
campaign, Sarkozy devoted a major section of his address to this

First he assured his European partners, "that I have been pro-European
all my life, that I believe in the building of Europe and that France
is back in Europe this evening." It was necessary however, he
qualified his remarks, to recognise "the anger of the people who
perceive the European Union not as a protection but as a Trojan horse
for all the dangers that the changes in the world bring with them."
During the campaign Sarkozy insisted that he will never agree to an
admission of Turkey into the European Union, even though the EU is
presently negotiating a Turkish admission with French consent.

Next Sarkozy launched "an appeal to our American friends in order to
tell them that they can count on our friendship ... I want to tell
them that France will always be at their side when they need her."

And finally he called for the building of a "Mediterranean Union"
modelled on the European Union and for close collaboration with
Africa—indicating the main areas of interest of French imperialism.

Ségolène Royal admitted defeat barely five minutes after the polling
stations closed. Happily smiling she thanked her supporters and vowed
that she would move the Socialist Party further to the right. "You can
count on me on deepening the renewal of the left and in looking for
new convergences beyond the present borders. This is the condition for
future victories," she said.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, one of the heavyweights in the Socialist
Party, described the election results—the third defeat in a
presidential contest since François Mitterrand left office in 1995—as
a disaster, for which the failure of the party to move sufficiently to
the right was to blame. It was now high time to renew and open the
party and to develop it in a social-democratic direction, he insisted.

Similar conclusions were drawn by party chairman François Hollande.
"We have not sufficiently understood the need to open up, to broaden
our base", he commented on the defeat.

In reality, the exact opposite is the case. The political rise of a
right-wing figure like Sarkozy is the result of the shift to the right
by the Socialist Party, the Communist Party and the petty-bourgeois
left over the last three decades. Royal herself conducted an utterly
right-wing campaign, partially modelling herself on British Prime
Minister Tony Blair and competing with Sarkozy on nationalism and on
being tough on crime.

Sarkozy was able to exploit the confusion and demoralisation this
produced. He went out of his way to present himself as a
representative of "hard working France," as a man who rose from humble
origins, who is opposed to the traditional political establishment,
and who will make sure that work will pay off again.

Already in the last years of the Mitterrand presidency, the National
Front of Jean-Marie Le Pen was able to make considerable inroads in
poor suburbs with a high percentage of immigrants, exploiting the
distress and fears of many of their inhabitants.

It is significant that 62 percent of those who voted for Le Pen in the
first round supported Sarkozy in the second- and this despite of the
fact that Le Pen himself called for an abstention. Only 12 percent
voted for Royal, while the rest abstained.

At present, Sarkozy's UMP has a huge majority in the National
Assembly. This could change however after the elections due in June
and July. A poll published on Sunday night sees the UMP gaining 34
percent, the Socialist Party 29 percent, the UDF 12 percent and the
National Front 7 percent. The greatest strength of Sarkozy is the
utter cowardice and the right-wing character of the misnamed "left."
Its further shift to the right and its refusal to conduct any serious
struggle creates the conditions where Sarkozy has a chance of
consolidating his parliamentary majority.

See Also:
Class issues in the French presidential election
[4 May 2007]

French presidential elections: Royal moves into the camp of Bayrou
[28 April 2007]

After first round of French election: the contest for the "centre"
[26 April 2007]

see also:

For more than a decade, French rap has been the voice of the
banlieues, the poor suburbs, and it has long been full of warnings of
violence to come in those areas. The tensions - and the musical
culture - of these estates were briefly brought to international
attention by the 1996 film La Haine ("Hate"), but it is the hip hop
world that has kept the issues uppermost in the minds of French youth.
-- "art & revolution: Should hip hop take the rap for rioting?"



Art & RevolutionC7 H16 releases "G la rage et je la garde"
you can download it for free at:


Pas même t'y crois production



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French Rioters Release Hip-Hop CD

Thursday, June 29 2006 @ 10:17 AM PDT
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Art & RevolutionC7 H16 releases "G la rage et je la garde"
["I have rage and i'm keeping it. I'm pissed and i'm staying pissed..."]

A quick translation of the intro of the CD (also the intro on the website):

In the beginning of the winter, the suburbs have been set on fire and that's
a good thing. In the middle of the urbanisation of capitalism, there is
nothing more to hope for, nothing more to win...a lot of us have played with
a bit of fire. (a lot have paid some joy of fire)

Our hatred is not negotiable, from generation to generation, it's the same
shit. Confronting the State and its representatives, those who walk up
straight while we are slaves. That's the meaning of the rioters, those who
have rage, those who don't want the life they're condemned to.

Nothing new, and nothing is finished, it has only begun. The fire spread
everywhere. And it will spread again, from itself, because this revolt is
more profound than any word of order.

Available for 5€ from:
Pas même t'y crois production
17/19 rues des Bauves
95200 Sarcelles

Or you can download it for free at:



En fins (clichy sous bois): zone d'injustices ? dub




Mindwalk 42: Henry, Ann Coulter & the FCC

Explicit language in this episode. Hard to avoid when dealing with Henry
Rollins. Audio taken from a few short films I found interesting on Google
Video. A 10 year old girl from Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine sings her song.
Taken from a very well made radio documentary "Children and Resistance by
Seth Porcello / IMEMC link below. Teachers, students, and flower merchants
fight government opression in Oaxaca, Mexico mixed with Gil Amran. Lord
Patch, Public Enemy and Headshot wishes the President good night.





Clichy-sous-Bois, the impoverished and segregated north-eastern suburb of
Paris where the two men lived and where the violent reaction to their deaths
began, was a ticking bomb for the kind of dramatic social upheaval we are
currently witnessing. ...A simple gesture of regret could go a long way
towards defusing the tensions for now. The morning after the gassing of the
mosque, a young Muslim woman summed up a widespread feeling: "We just want
them to stop lying, to admit they've done it and to apologise." -- NAIMA
BOUTELDJA -- "The Explosion in the Suburbs: Paris is Burning"



... Well, I had a very eerie feeling of déjà vu. And you'll forgive me, Amy,
for being haunted by the first page of Black Boy, my father wrote, when at
four years old he felt left out, and they were poor, and he was hungry, and
nobody was paying attention to his brother and him. And he wandered
listlessly about the room. And he stood before the shimmering embers,
fascinated by the quivering coals. And a new idea of a game grew and took
root in his mind. Why not throw something into the fire and watch it burn?
... julia wright


maestro wooz
05-08-2007, 01:34 AM
so what does this mean for the future?

05-08-2007, 12:24 PM
i think it`s going to be worse and worse for the underprivileged ones ... i have seen the french banlieue, more specifically Sevran, from Seine-Saint Denis in Paris ... i feel your riot