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French Presidential election is unfinished business

Jamsheed Rizwani

Emmanuel Macron

Centrist Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday. He rode the crest of popular support for his vision of European integration and defeated his far-right nationalisty rival Marine Le Pen who was all for exiting the European Union.

In the euphoria of the anti-fascist win of Emmanuel Macron in the French Presidential élections – I voted for him without enthusiasm only to keep the devil out of the Elysée palace; let it not be forgotten that he does’nt have a structured party base in either house of Parliament which he badly needs to push forward his reforms…..In fact, he does’nt have a governable majority in Parliament….He expects to get a comfortable majority in the legislative élections scheduled for June 2017 with recruits from both the right and left parties….. like the Socialist Party and the rightist Les Républicains. His win was with defectors from the moribund Socialist party and a small boost from the microscopic centrist group headed by François Bayrou and a few the other groups. Trade unions are anxious over his plans to reform labour laws and loosen restrictions on businesses from imposed working hours and laying off obligations. While reform is necessary, it is also essential to maintain social peace….The country needs a sound opposition but from the right and the left leaving out the extrêmes…..particularly the Front National…which we French consider as a non constitutional party. Mélenchon and his supporters from the ex-communist party played a dangerous game by not calling openly to vote for Macron….I’ll not forget this…….When the house is on fire, all hands are needed to douse it and Mélenchon with his stubborn stupid stance contributed to over four million blank votes….further one in four voters stayed away. The fascist nationalist peril is still very much alive…and the Front National hopes to become the primary opposition to the government in the législatures……. THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

The next necessary step is to keep the Front National from gaining a foothold in the houses of Parliament. Macron wants a strong majority in parliament, his anointed candidates in the upcoming legislative election will have to sign up with his presidential majority group (it is still not a party). None of the traditional parties will accept a double allegiance, and so those who sign up with Macron will automatically be excluded from their parties. The Socialist Party and the Greens need to reform themselves completely and gain the confidence of the people to become parties capable of forming governments. The same goes for the parties on the right of the political spectrum. The splintering of the traditional parties and the emergence of strong fascist nationalist parties are signs of the fragility of our western democracies. While we see prosperity all around us, there remain large pockets of the population which are invisible and marginalized. Growing life expectancy, low natality complicate the replacement of the active work force…… there are no replacements for those who leave the work force because of age or death creating huge déficits for the social welfare schèmes as only the active pay for those who are no longer working. Raising the age of retirement alone will not work, but this highly unpopular measure is still being done in all welfare states. It is paradoxical France needs workers but it is unable to give employment to the unemployed ten percent….

No one, not even Macron (he has to prove his mettle) has the magic answer to today’s woes. The only optimism stems from the signal FRANCE has given to Europe and to the world. On this anniversary of the allied Victory in Europe, it is a hope that the dangers of exacerbated nationalism is kept at bay for a more united and dynamic Europe with a strong Franco-German base.


Jamsheed Rizwani’s exclusive from Paris for Newsroom24x7.com

EU referendum: The vote could only go the wrong way

Newsroom24x7 exclusive from Paris


Jamsheed Rizwani, a banker in Paris, who has watched closely the developments on the other side of the English Channel that separates southern England from northern France told Newsroom24x7 in an interview on Friday night that he is terribly disappointed and so are many of his friends in the UK by the Leave EU vote.

Rizwani, said in a late night interview: “Yes, I believe, like most rational Europeans in an united Europe that the best option is to turn our backs to years of bloody wars and hatred. The Franco-German partnership at the chore of Europe has helped in uniting all the countries in the continent.

A referendum is a tricky tool, Rizwani said adding in the context of the influx of refugees into the UE and the already existent ultra right racist UKIP and consorts the vote could only go the wrong way.

It is all a question of timing, Rizwani pointed out stating that the refugee problem made the daily headlines in all the British tabloids. And the British press largely called for the BREXIT.

The left, according to the Paris banker, was unable to mobilize more as there is a lack of leadership in the Labour Party currently.

On being asked about the possibility of further isolation of Britain in terms of Ireland and Scotland and what will be left of great Britain now, Rizwani said that the exit procedure is lengthy and that he would like to be optimistic. But he also went on to underscore that Uk will no longer be UK but only England and Wales.

Speaking further on British economy and how people were reacting to the referendum in France, Rizwani said: “Let’s wait for the markets to speak. I can only see the UK economy going but it is not good for Europe even in the short term. but Europe will ultimately benefit.

“People here are shell-shocked. I am just listening to the Scottish Premier, she’s has just said the Scottish Parliament will convene a referendum to join the EU by quitting the UK.”

When his attention was drawn to the immigrant population in UK and asked what will be the impact of a downward economy especially on this section of population and also everyone else in the UK, Rizwani said that he has not analyzed the immigrant vote as yet but quite a few of them have voted with the BREXIT as they fear for their jobs particularly in the working class areas. The central banks will intervene to prevent a huge dive. The Bank of England governor has given reassurances that it is prepared to face any difficulty. A bit of volatitily in the currency market in the short term is not ruled out but it will find its level…..Like I said I want to be optiimistic….. So much needs to be done.

Amendment that will threaten people’s liberty and freedom in France

Jamsheed Rizwani

Screenshot_2016-02-09-14-57-46-1Enshrining the state of emergency in the French  constitution…. when 441 out of the 570 MPs of the Assemblée Nationale (the lower house of the French Parliament) abstain from such a project, indeed will be a shame. Only 103 voted for the constitutional amendment and 26 voted against. The law now has to go before the upper house i.e. the Senate before the CONGRESS i.e. both houses in a common sitting enact this amendment……Without going into details this Constitutional amendment is considered by many in the left and by civil liberties organizations as a threat to basic freedoms…, this is also shared by a large proportion of the right.

The lower house of the French Parliament on Monday voted in favour of enshrining in the constitution the process of declaring a state of national emergency.
This is being viewed as a controversial amendment the government wants to put in place after last November’s Paris attacks

Students demanding justice for Rohith brutally beaten by Delhi Police

Jamsheed Rizwani

Justice for RohitPeople across India are outraged by the brutal use of force by Delhi Police to crush and silence students demanding Justice for Rohith in the national capital

A three-day old video released by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that is now viral on the social media shows policemen brutally hitting students, including ladies, with lathis (batons). Many protesters also received blows with fists. The students were protesting outside the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters here against the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.

The brutal and unabashed attack on unarmed students protesting in New Delhi by the Delhi police is a reminder that totalitarism and totalitarist attitudes are still very much alive….. in the world’s biggest democracy……Yes, the cops knew that they were being filmed and did not for even a minute show any kind of restraint in beating up several students…..When the law is broken by any citizen, the reaction of the police in a normal democracy would be proportionate to the violation……but not in this instant case. All the guys involved in the collective bashing have no place in the police force…. and it would be to the honour of the police if it got rid of such bad elements that dishonour the uniform. A Parliamentary panel should hold an enquiry into this specific incident and all those involved should be suspended pending the results. We cannot accept these methods of keeping the peace.