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#Coronavirus, #France: Far right voted for Macron’s anti-social measures

France. On Sunday 22 March 2020, the members of parliament finally adopted the “ordinary bill on emergency measures related to the Coronavirus crisis”. A set of anti-social and liberticidal measures.

Originally published by Nantes Révoltée. Translated by Enough 14.

The government, in its usual cynicism, is taking advantage of the shock caused by the epidemic to pass off very serious attacks on workers’ rights:

  • 60H working week
  • Reduction of paid holidays
  • RTT imposed [1]
  • Amazing gifts to corporations

The RN [2], Marine Le Pen and the rest of the far-right MPs … voted in favour. As a reminder, this is not the first time that the far right is advancing to ransack rights hand in hand with the powers that be. For example, not surprisingly, on the “Asylum and Immigration Act”, which is very violent against migrants.

On the social level, during the debates on the Labour Law, RN Senators Ravier and Rachline proposed even more radical amendments, aimed in particular to make lay-offs easier, as their colleagues at the French National Parliament, Gilbert Collard and Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, had done.

At the European level, far-right elected representatives vote for the most neoliberal and anti-ecological measures, and against the few proposed improvements, such as the creation of a European minimum income or the establishment of a set of fundamental social rights.

This is neither new nor surprising, but we must constantly remind ourselves: the far right is not on the side of the poor, the workers, the destitute. By supporting the government’s “emergency” measures on the pandemic, Le Pen’s party shows that it is on the side of the powerful and the wealthy.

Voting for the far right is neither anti-system nor anti-capitalist, but a racist and pro-employer act.

[1] RTT are compensation days for unpaid overtime. They are also called rest days.

[2] RN The National Rally (French: Rassemblement nationalRN), until June 2018 known as the National Front (French: Front nationalFN), is a right-wing populist[26] and nationalist[27] political party in France. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Rally_(France)


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