As you may have heard/read, starting from the end of August to the middle of September there’s been various events dealing huge blows to Hollande and the currently ruling left party. The biggest thing was Hollande’s previous concubine publishing a book saying all kinds of bad things about him.
Tons of people bought the book and every media and (right wing) politicians made a huge deal out of it. While it’s true it made Hollande’s popularity decline yet again, it’s not like every person in France is stupid and stopped supporting Hollande because of that book. There’s tons of other better reasons since his election explaining Hollande’s declining popularity. Here’s the things I can think of right now:
France’s educational system is still as horrible as ever
While the persons at fault are previous president Sarkozy and his mafia like government, one could blame Hollande as we’re already at half of his presidency and he pretty much didn’t do anything to fix things. Class restarted for kids this September, and he added a new law making classes in Wednesday mornings mandatory. Something pretty useless. They need to change the way education is as a whole instead of adding hours.
France’s kinda denial of responsibility in the Rwanda genocide
2014 was the 20th sad anniversary of the genocide, and France/Hollande decided to not participate in the commemorations. France admit they had some part of responsibility in the genocide, but they refuse to say they were direct accomplices. They try to nuance it. Basically what you see in Shooting Dogs for them is not being directly responsible. Speaking of which, watch Shooting Dogs if you haven’t yet. Anyway, France didn’t send officials to attend the commemorations because current Rwanda president Paul Kagame accused France of supporting the genocide behind the scenes, like delaying their soldiers deployment for rescue missions so that more people gets killed.
Kagame is a more or less a corrupted bastard as well, just like most of the leaders/dictators in Africa, so one could say you shouldn’t believe everything he says. The funny thing is, it’s France and other Europeans countries who made Africa that way in the first place. It’s true Africans themselves aren’t doing much to help themselves, but you shouldn’t forget France’s history and direct actions which lead to this. They’re still doing it too. Libya being in COSMIC chaos right now is a direct consequence of France/Sarkozy backstabbing Gaddafi. There was the Arab Springs anyway so bloody stuff would have happened in the country for sure, but if Sarkozy didn’t decide to do that I bet it wouldn’t have been as bad as now. Needless to say, I’m not saying Libya under Gaddaffi was a cool place, I’m just saying France is the greater evil there. That’s not concerning Hollande directly though. I think I just wanted to talk about most of the things in this post regardless of Hollande anyway.
France/Hollande’s failure in Central African Republic (CAR).
Hollande decided to send troops in CAR at the end of 2013 to stop the genocide of muslims by “christians”. They managed to rescue a lot of people and helped in evacuations, some French soldiers actually died doing it too. However, there’s been multiple reports of NGOs like Human Rights Watch saying that they saw Muslims being lynched to death in the streets, with French soldiers not too far away and not doing anything. Some even say it’s a miniature repeat of what France did in Rwanda. For what reason did Hollande send troops there if it was to end things like that, I do not know.
Hollande nominating a schizophrenic, communitarian prime minister: aka Manuel Valls
(In the Japanese side of twitter apparently someone said Valls looks like Muska and it became ultra poplar. Plus they realized Valls =バルス so things got crazy)
After the defeat of the left party at the mayor elections at the end of March, Hollande decided to fire his prime minister and replaced him with Manuel Valls, which used to be minister of home affairs. To sum up Valls, he’s pretty much a right wing politician. I still don’t get how he ended up in the left party. In any case, I love to call him schizophrenic because his actions from back when he was minister of home affairs contradicts good things he’s now doing as prime minister.
For example, he used to profusely discriminate and participate in the stigmatization of Roms’s people in France. He evicted a lot of Roms from their (illegal) encampments in various big cities, sometimes brutally. He also evicted a lot from the country. Hollande too once said he supports Valls in his “firmness” against Roms. The thing is, a few weeks after he was nominated prime minister, a young Rom boy was brutally beaten up by a mob. These kinds of events are the direct consequences of Valls’s days as minister of home affairs. But now that he’s prime minister, Valls ferociously condemned the act. I guess I can’t blame him for trying to do his job as prime minister. It’s still hilarious though how he switched from trying to find a scapegoat for France’s problems in Roms or Muslims to this. Then again, this was also present in Sarkozy’s reign, and France as a whole has been discriminating against Muslims for a while now, under the guise of “Laïcité”/secularism.
Communitarian, because during his home affairs days, Valls in various occasions acted in favoritism of the Jewish community in France, and in particular, a single minority.
inb4 random JIDL guy just passing by like Decade and posting a comment saying I’m antisemitic.
That minority includes people like Joël Mergui, the current president of the Jewish consistory in Paris. The funniest thing that guy did is how one day he told Valls that he “fears that the French Jewish community will be an indirect victim of currently rapidly growing new fears in the country.” The new fears being of course islamophobia, as Islam and Judaism got a lot in common like ritual slaughter. He was basically telling Valls that he shouldn’t up the islamophobia too much or it could backfire on Jews as well. He’s deploring this, not the fact that that there’s islamophobia in the first place. It’s really sad there’s this type of minority in the French Jewish community, not realizing that all the favors they get from the government actually fuels antisemitism, as they always fail to hide their deals and everyone sees them. Then there’s the whole “antisemitism” thing in France which I already wrote about that in another post.
Anyway, the biggest thing showing Vall’s favoritism to this minority was how he personally went to great lengths to prohibit shows of an “humorist” called Dieudonné. No one ever gave a cent when he mocked Muslims, black people(he’s black himself) or any other ethnicity, but when he started mocking Jews, Valls and that minority I wrote about above quickly got in action. Anyway, Dieudonné’s a stupid idiot whose jokes were never funny, and Valls gave him way more publicity than he deserved.
After these reasons, I guess you have the usual things France has been doing since forever and that you can’t really blame Hollande for. Like selling weapons, supporting companies like Total or Areva crapping up African countries and supporting the dictators there, etc. Nothing new and nothing that could make me dissatisfied with Hollande in particular.
There’s tons of other reasons but I think I’ll stop now.
tldr if you’re a thoughtful French citizen, instead of a stupid book that topped Amazon preorders, there’s tons of reasons to feel dissatisfaction over Hollande’s presidency and/or France as a whole.
(I’d make a pretty bad journalist as I don’t usually link any articles as proof to my claims. I don’t like justifying myself when I know something I say is the truth anyway.)