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Apr 9 9 tweets 6 min read
As French citizens get ready to vote this weekend, with polls indicating a tighter-than-expected race, it’s timely to revisit the ongoing 🇫🇷 Presidency of the EU Council #PFUE, Macron’s record, and the toxic background of his far-right opponent...

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#UndertheInfluence written w/ @transnationales showed how #PFUE was prepared in collaboration w/ 🇫🇷 corporate sector & has policy agenda reflecting business demands.

Privileged access, revolving doors, corporate sponsorship helped give industry upper hand
Macron strategy to use #PFUE quick-wins to help election has not worked, partly due to appalling 🇷🇺 invasion of 🇺🇦

But 🇫🇷 has not played cards well. OECD corporate tax file might have been a win but, despite making file even weaker, 🇵🇱 veto means no deal
And it’s shameful that EU Commission has given in to pressure from #PFUE minister Denormandie, other member states, Big Agri lobby, conservatives etc to postpone revised pesticides law, instrumentalising 🇺🇦 crisis to delay vital green & health rules.…
Macron is now signalling an exit from #fossilfuels. This should be welcomed … but can it be believed?

Check out important thread of @Lorette_Phil from @amisdelaterre which puts this into the context of Macron’s actions over the past 5 years:
Meanwhile #Ukraine crisis has again focussed attention on Le Pen & her party’s relationship with Putin.

Kremlin has framed its 🇺🇦 invasion as "denazification". Yet Putin & allies have been key benefactors of racist far-right across Europe, including 🇫🇷.… Image
Even if they try to distance themselves now, Le Pen & Rassemblement National = ultimate success of Kremlin strategy to seduce far-right.
⚠️€9 million bank loan
⚠️Putin photo opps
⚠️Ties to Kremlin-supporting assocs
⚠️Dodgy ‘election monitoring’ trips…
In above 2019 report, we looked at RN’s voting record in 🇪🇺 Parliament.

Couldn’t agree more w/ Bastamag who wrote that these MEPs:
“rarely miss an opportunity to demonstrate their total disdain for workers and their interests”. (2017)
But in a sign of hope for the future, today across France, people are marching for social justice, real climate action, peace, and genuine equality as part of #MarchePourLeFutur.


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