On the whole, the elections this weekend in France and Greece were a depressing affair. In Greece, after weeks of intense propaganda by the Establishment media about the horrors which would unfold if Greeks voted for anti-bailout parties (which possibly could have forced Greece out of the eurozone), the ‘respectable conservatives’ New Democracy Party eked out a victory with about 30% of the vote. Under the strange Greek system, the party which finishes first gets an additional 50 seats in the country’s 300 seat parliament. There is already talk of the pro-bailout, anti-nationalist New Democracy joining into a coalition with Leftists who support the bailout. Interestingly enough, the New Democracy leader called his party’s slim victory over the anti-bailout Syriza Party a ‘victory for all Europe.’ Indeed, it was a great victory for the establishment, the central bankers and planners, the bureaucrats in Brussels, and their vision of a vast, consolidated European state. One indication of this was the way that US president Obama, regularly branded as a Marxist on talk radio in the United States, welcomed the news of the victory by the pro-bailout respectable conservatives. The Golden Dawn, a nationalist party running on an anti-immigration platform, held onto its minority status in the Greek parliament, winning 18 seats – 3 fewer than it had won a few weeks ago in an earlier national election. European markets, initially pushed upwards by the news of the New Democracy’s win, were down by mid-morning as the bleak reality of the situation throughout the Mediterranean area set back in. Even with a quisling government in Athens, the road ahead for the elites is not an easy one. Will they be able to hold things together? We shall see.
In France, the news was equally depressing. Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party won an absolute majority in the French National Assembly. This leaves Hollande free to push ahead with his planned stimulus and increased deficit spending, euphemistically referred to as a ‘pro-growth’ platform in the establishment media. The National Front, led by Marine Le Pen who won 18% of the vote in the recent presidential elections, got about 14% of the vote for the national assembly. However, France’s laws discriminate heavily against third parties and despite their popularity, the nationalists won only two seats in the assembly. Marine Le Pen actually lost her seat in northern France by a reported 120 votes. The nationalists remained upbeat though:
Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen was also defeated. But her niece, Marion Marechal Le Pen, won her race.
In remarks to supporters, Marine Le Pen struck a combative tone, describing a new era in which the center-right will fade and the far right will dominate conservative politics.
The star of the day for the nationalists was indeed Marion Marechal Le Pen, the niece of party leader Marine Le Pen. She is the third generation of her family to represent the French nationalists:
France’s anti-immigrant National Front party, which calls for the country’s exit from the euro, won two seats in the parliamentary elections, its first such victory in 15 years.
Marion Marechal-Le Pen, 22, the granddaughter of the party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, 84, won one of party’s seats in yesterday’s legislative elections, with Gilbert Collard winning the other. Marechal-Le Pen will be the first Le Pen in parliament since 1988 and its youngest member since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958.
“The ideas that we represent will finally be present at the National Assembly,” Marion Marechal-Le Pen, the niece of the party’s leader Marine Le Pen, said in her victory speech. She promised to defend the national identity, economic protectionism and social welfare during her five-year mandate. Jean-Marie Le Pen was quoted by Agence France-Presse as welcoming her victory saying, “she comes from good stock.”