Friday, April 07, 2006

Left, Right, Left, Right, Red, Green....

France is in a state of collapse economically, socially, and morally. When have we seen this before? Oh yes, in the late 1930s. The French socialists were in power for a time, like the French socialists are in power today. And then the French socialists were in power again, but then they weren't socialists anymore, they were fascists. And when the fascists were defeated, they became socialists again. Or Muslims. What's next?

Below we have some short biographical snippets ending with the socialist Mitterand, fascist war criminal and socialist career scum bag. Compare this lot to the onesin power today and ask: What's the difference?

Pierre Laval

(June 28, 1883 – October 15, 1945) was a French politician and four times Prime Minister of France, the final time being under the Vichy government. For his role in Vichy France during World War II, he was found guilty of high treason and executed after the war. Today, Pierre Laval is generally remembered in France as a despicable traitor.

A socialist, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies as a member of French Section of the Workers' International (SFIO) in 1903. He did not serve in World War I but the period saw a change to his politics as he moved towards the right. He lost the first post-war election. He became mayor of Aubervilliers in 1924 and left the socialist party; he was elected to the French Senate in 1927.

Laval was enthusiastically pro-Nazi; his demands for a Franco-German military alliance led to him being sacked from the government and arrested in December 13, 1940. The German ambassador in France, Otto Abetz, had him freed and moved to Paris. He was injured in an assassination attempt on August 27, 1941 at a Légion des Volontaires Français review but recovered and was recalled into the Vichy government on April 18, 1942. This time he became Prime Minister and succeeded Admiral François Darlan as the leading figure in the regime after Pétain himself. Laval was largely blamed for the increase in anti-Jewish activities and the decision to send French workers to Germany through la relève and later the Service du Travail Obligatoire. The creation of the Vichy Milice, the wartime secret police, in January, 1943 has also been credited to Laval.

On July 30, 1945 he was handed over to the new French government. Charged with treason and violating state security, Laval was tried and after being found guilty despite vigorously defending himself in the first part of his trial, was sentenced to death. After a failed attempt at suicide (the cyanide had lost its full potency), he was executed by firing squad at Fresnes prison, near Paris, half-unconscious and vomiting.

Marcel Déat

(March 7, 1894, Guerigny—January 5, 1955, near Turin, Italy) was a French Socialist and then Fascist and politician prior to and during World War II.

Déat became a member of the French Socialist Party in 1914.

Déat entered politics in 1926, and got elected to the Chamber of Deputies as a Socialist delegate from Marne. He broke away from the party in 1932 due to disagreements with Leon Blum’s policies toward Prime Minister Édouard Herriot, and as such was officially expelled from the party in 1933. Without the support of the Socialists, Déat lost his seat in the Chamber, but continued to stay active in Socialist politics, and founded the Parti Socialiste de France, whose slogan was "Order, Authority and Nation". Two years later, he joined the Union Socialiste et Republicaine, and returned to the Chamber of Deputies in 1936 as a delegate from Angoulême.

Thoroughly disillusioned with Socialism, Déat turned to Fascism and soon became a fervent advocate of far right politics. He called for France’s government to remodel itself along Fascist lines, and when it appeared as if France would go to war to Nazi Germany in 1938, Déat published the article Why Die for Danzig? in the newspaper L'Oeuvre. In the article, he argued that France should avoid war with Germany if the latter seized Poland - the publication caused a widespread controversy, and propelled Déat to national fame.

A strong supporter of Germany’s occupation of northern France in 1940, Déat took up residence in Vichy France, and was initially a supporter of Philippe Pétain. When conservative Vichy did not become the Fascist state Déat had in mind, he moved to occupied Paris and was funded by the Germans. In February of 1941, he founded the Rassemblement National Populaire, a collaborationist political party which espoused Anti-Semitism and totalitarianism. He also founded, along with fellow Fascists Jacques Doriot and Marcel Bucard, the Légion des Volontaires Français (LVF), a French unit of the Wehrmacht (later affiliated with the Waffen-SS). While reviewing troops from the LVF with Vichy figure Pierre Laval in Versailles on August 27, 1941, Déat was wounded in an assassination attempt - carried out by French Resistance member Paul Collette. After recovering, he became a supporter of Laval, and in 1944 was made Minister of Labor and National Solidarity in Laval's cabinet (Laval became Prime Minister of Vichy France in 1942.

After the war, he had been convicted of treason and sentenced to death in absentia by a French court.


Jacques Doriot
(September 26, 1898, Bresles, Oise—February 22, 1945, near Mengen, Württemberg) was a French politician prior to and during World War II. He began as a Communist but then turned Fascist.

In 1916, in the midst of World War I, he became a committed Socialist, but his political activity was halted by his joining the French Army in 1917.

in 1920 joined the French Communist Party (PCF), quickly rising through the party - within a few years, he had become one of the PCF major leaders. In 1922 he became a member of the Presidium of the Executive Committee of the Comintern, and a year later was made Secretary of the French Federation of Young Communists.

In 1931, Doriot was elected mayor of Saint Denis. Around this time, he came to advocate an alliance between the Communists and French Fascists with whom Doriot sympathized on a number of issues. Doriot's defense of Fascism divided the Communist Party enough to alarm its leadership, which expelled Doriot in 1934. Still a member of the Chamber of Deputies, Doriot struck back at the Communists by becoming a devoted Fascist and forming the right-wing Parti Populaire Français (PPF) in 1936.

He was killed while traveling from Mainau to Sigmaringen in February of 1945 when his car was hit by Allied strafers.

Roger Garaudy

PARIS 17 MARCH (IPS) Roger Garaudy, a French philosopher formerly Communist turned Muslim was recently fined in a Paris Court to 120.000 French Francs fine because in a recent book "Political Myths of the State of Israel", in which he contested the existence of gas chambers in Hitler's Germany as well as the number of the Jewish population eliminated by the Germans in different concentration camps and elsewhere.

But at the same time, many Muslim nations and organisations had vigorously defended him. To pay his defence, he received hundreds of thousands of US dollars by wealthy Arab donators and his book is selling like "hot cake" from Tehran to Cairo.

Hubert Lagardelle

(1874-1958) was a French syndicalist thinker, influenced by Proudhon. He gradually moved to the right and served as Minister of Labour in the Vichy regime under Pierre Laval from 1942 to 1943.
François Mitterrand

François Mitterrand -- in case you didn’t already know -- was a highly placed collaborator in the Nazi government in WWII France. This is the government also known as the ‘Vichy regime’ (for its capital). Miterrand was an intimate friend of René Bousquet, who was nothing less than the secretary general of the Vichy police.[18] That’s right, the same police that deported so many French Jews to the slaughterhouse.

Mitterrand did not collaborate with the Nazis because of political expediency following the invasion of France (and that would have been bad enough). No, matters are much worse. Miterrand was in fact deeply committed to a fascist anti-Semitic ideology well before the German invasion, which invasion he welcomed.

“Miterrand was an ardent follower of collaborationist leader Philipe Pétain and believed in the ‘national revolution’ that begat the strict, anti-Jewish laws of 1940-41. As early as 1935, Mitterrand participated in an anti-foreigner rally in Paris.”[19]

In those times, “he had close ties with ‘La Cagoule,’ an outlawed extreme-right group that sought to overthrow the republic, and yes, he never repudiated his friendships with some of its leaders.”[19]

As if that were not enough, Mitterrand himself helped out with the roundup of Jews.

“After the French defeat of 1940, Mitterrand joined the ultranationalist ‘Legion des Combatttants’ (Fighter’s Legion) which later became the feared militia that relentlessly hunted Jews and Resistance fighters.”[19]

The Nazi Vichy regime was thankful: Mitterrand joined the ranks of the select few who received the ‘francisque’ -- the highest honor bestowed by Vichy. He only joined the resistance in 1943, when it became obvious that Germany would lose the war.

I can't see the difference. Can you see the difference?

Graphic above from-- and I love this--

Libertarian National Socialist Green Party

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