Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:20 UTC
In his “victory” speech in the 1st round of the French presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron said he will represent all French people “in facing the threat of nationalists”.
Apparently being a French nationalist is now a hate crime.
It is highly suspicious that Macron went through with most votes and will now likely win the Presidency on May 7th.
Here’s a 39 year old Rothschild banker who was virtually unknown less than one year ago, endorsed by Obama and NATO, never elected to public office, spent a couple of years as a shoo-in economy minister under Hollande where he proposed a ‘labor’ law that bears his name that hundreds of thousands protested against and had to be forced through by executive decree and with a manifesto slightly less bland than his personality.
Hollande’s presidency, under which Macron served, is probably the least popular in French history. And yet we’re expected to believe that a majority of French voted for this guy??!
Sounds like a rigged game to me.
Yet despite the media already assuring everyone that Macron will easily take the laurels on May 7th, the game may not be over.
Mélenchon (the uber lefty trotskyist nut job) who received about 20% of the vote had the role of drawing votes of the large number of those disgruntled with the system away from Le Pen. He did his job well. But now Mélenchon has to decide how to urge those who voted for him to vote for Macron. Those who voted for him did so largely out of severe distaste for an establishment dupe like Macron. To avoid exposing himself for the shill he is, Mélenchon has said he will not endorse either Le Pen or Macron but will instead ask his 450,000 party members to decide via his website.
This is a sneaky move, because when he does endorse Macron, he can blame his party members. Nevertheless, his supporters may not be fooled and the result may be that they will turn to Le Pen as the only “anti-establishment” option. It’s a long shot, I know, but remember Trump. In fact, a similar scenario played out in the USA last year, when Clinton screwed over Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic nomination. When Sanders then endorsed Clinton, many of his supporters, feeling betrayed, voted for Trump in protest.
The other point of interest is the 1% of votes won by candidate François Asselineau.
In the French regional elections in November 2015, with little to no mainstream media coverage and with only 9,000 members of his party (UPR), Asselineau received 190,000 votes, which worked out at 1% of the vote.
Today, with 26,000 party members, a month of decent mainstream media coverage, 11 million views on his youtube channel and many rallies attended by thousands of people, his total votes increased to 300,000, which somehow works out to 0.8 %. Go figure. Voting is a murky business, hard to figure out. Open to being meddled with. Just ask the Russians.
All in all, it’s not looking good for France or the French people, all of whom would be well advised to prepare themselves. Postmodern, globalist, nihilistic, warmongering and REAL racism against Muslims everywhere (in the form of more bombing of Muslim nations) has installed itself fully in La Republique.
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Knights of Malta leader resigns, pope to name delegate to run order
Pope Francis prays with Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, left, then-grand chancellor of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and Fra Matthew Festing, grand master of the order, during a private audience at the Vatican in this June 23, 2016, file photo. (CNS/Maria Grazia Picciarella, pool)
News of Grand Master Matthew Festing’s resignation was first reported late Tuesday evening by the Reuters news agency, which said Francis had asked for Festing’s resignation in a meeting at the Vatican earlier that day.
The resignation caps an unusually tense month for the prestigious Catholic lay order, which had been openly resisting a Vatican investigation into Festing’s firing of one of their top officials. At times it seemed that one of Catholicism’s most storied organizations was challenging the authority and power of the pope.
Festing’s resignation appeared to surprise the order’s headquarters, which was unable to answer questions about the leader’s status with the group until mid-Wednesday morning. The order’s website was down throughout the morning, with visitors receiving a message that the server hosting the site was overloaded.
The dispute between the Vatican and the Knights had centered on Festing’s decision to fire his order’s grand chancellor, Albrecht Boeselager. After Francis appointed a Vatican commission to study the situation surrounding the firing, Festing fought against that move, saying his order’s historic status as a sovereign entity gave the Vatican no legal grounds to interfere.
Festing also made unsubstantiated accusations that members of the commission had conflicts of interest, leading the Vatican to issue an unusually pointed statement reaffirming confidence in the group.
A Vatican source with knowledge of the situation said Francis decided to ask for Festing’s resignation Tuesday in concern for the health of the spiritual life of the order following the continuing controversy.
The Vatican’s statement Wednesday appeared to disregard normal procedure for the resignation of a grand master, which would require Festing to submit notice to the order’s governing council and seek their approval of the move.
The Vatican simply stated that the pope had accepted the resignation and the order would be led for the moment by Festing’s second-in-command, “pending appointment of the Papal Delegate.”
The Knights are not normally led by a papal delegate, as they are considered a sovereign order independent from the Vatican. It is unclear what authority Francis may give the delegate and how their role would fit into the Knights’ governance structure.
By Wednesday afternoon, the order had posted a statement on its website saying that Festing had called a meeting of their governing council for Saturday “for the acceptance of his resignation from the office of Grand Master.”
The tense saga started Dec. 6, when Festing asked Boeselager to resign following reports that under his leadership a Knights-backed charity had distributed condoms in Myanmar. According to reports, Boeselager was asked for his resignation in a meeting that was also attended by U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, the order’s spiritual patron.
In a personal statement distributed to members of the order Dec. 23, Boeselager said that he refused to resign because there were “no valid grounds” for his dismissal. He said that the decision to distribute condoms was made by local leaders without his knowledge in the context of three ongoing projects aimed at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The chancellor said two of the projects were closed immediately, while the third was closed after review of the appropriate ethics committee.
Adding to the controversy were reports that while the order told its members the firing was “in accordance with the wishes of the Holy See,” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin had written to Festing earlier clarifying that Francis did not want to see Boeselager sacked.
“These measures must not be attributed to the will of the Pope or his directives,” Parolin wrote in a Dec. 21 letter, as first reported by The Tablet.
The Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta, as it is formally known, is a lay religious order that was founded at the end of the 11th century to defend the faith and assist the poor.
The order says it currently operates in 120 countries, maintaining 12 Priories, 47 national associations, 133 diplomatic missions, 1 worldwide relief agency and 33 national volunteer corps.
Pope seizes power from the Knights of Malta, brutally ending 900 years of their sovereignty
The Knights of Malta – an ancient Catholic order that dates back to the crusades – have enjoyed the privileges of a sovereign state for 900 years. Last night the Order of Malta was effectively stripped of its sovereignty in what appears to be a brutal power-grab by the Vatican.
Pope Francis has demanded and received the resignation of the Grand Master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, a devoutly orthodox Englishman of (even his critics agree) unimpeachable orthodoxy and personal morality. The Vatican has now taken charge of the order while the knights search for a grand master acceptable to Francis. Canon lawyer Dr Edward Condon this morning tweeted out the reaction of many Catholics:
In terms of international law, the Holy See just annexed another sovereign entity.
A source close to the order puts it more bluntly: ‘It’s like an invasion. Nine hundred years of sovereignty wiped out overnight.’
Festing’s ‘resignation’ follows a complicated row over the dismissal of the order’s Grand Chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager, who was accused of permitting the distribution of condoms by the order’s international charitable arm.
Boeselager appealed to his friend, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, who set up an inquiry made up of Boeselager’s allies. Festing and the leadership of the order refused to accept the authority of the inquiry, because – they argued – the Vatican had no temporal authority over a body that is independent under international law.
The argument over Boeselager and the condoms is convoluted, to say the least. This Catholic Herald report explains much of the background. The former Grand Chancellor may or may not have a case; what is certain is that he is extremely well-connected. Allies don’t come more powerful than Parolin, the Pope’s foreign secretary, whom many suspect of twisting the Pope’s arm in this matter.
The humiliation of Festing is a dreadful business. He is a good-natured and holy man who, until his appointment in 2008, was an archetypal English ‘Catholic toff’ – Ampleforth and Cambridge, former Guards officer, son of a field marshal, no less, and on his mother’s side descended from Blessed Sir Adrian Fortescue, martyred in 1539.
Pope Francis likes him – so why has he sacked him so abruptly, without adequate explanation? Is it another manifestation of the erratic behaviour I described in a Spectator article earlier this month?
Boeselager – himself monumentally grand, and the son of one of the 1944 Wehrmacht plotters against Hitler – must feel vindicated today. Whether he can afford to relax is another question.
Let me draw your attention to today’s report by Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register, which contains the following intriguing information:
Also behind the dispute were allegations of an ambitious German association vying for control of the Order, accusations that the Grand Master was being overly authoritarian, and conflicts of interest among members of the Holy See commission. Three members of the commission along with Boeselager have also been involved in a $118 million donation held in a trust in Switzerland. Despite documentation proving the contrary, the trust denied any connection with the Order.
Will the Vatican, which has just hounded a good man out of office and trashed the sovereignty of its most ancient and loyal chivalric order, now also investigate this mysterious donation?