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Classes from Marine Le Pen’s journey to Senegal

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Posted on 01/25/2023 by PCF

Whereas the French had been demonstrating by the hundreds throughout the nation towards the pension reform of the Borne authorities, Marine Le Pen was in Senegal.

From Monday January 16 to Thursday January 19, 2023, she crisscrossed the northwest of the nation of Teranga1. This official go to took her to Richard Toll in an agro-industrial farm belonging to the Franco-Senegalese billionaire and Swiss resident Jean-Claude Mimran; in Saint-Louis then in Dakar the place she went to the headquarters of the French Parts of Senegal2 and within the largest College Hospital Heart (CHU) within the nation. The spotlight of this journey was the viewers granted to him by the Senegalese President, Macky Sall, on the Palace of the Republic on Avenue Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar.

The one-on-one trade that lasted an hour is a primary. By no means earlier than has a Senegalese president accepted a gathering with representatives of the French excessive proper. Macky Sall thus joins the late autocrat Idriss Deby who had obtained Marine. Le Pen in 2017 and Félix Houphouët-Boigny who had obtained Jean-Marie Le Pen in 1987, to talk solely of these. Up to now, many makes an attempt to implement any such conferences in Senegal have failed miserably. Reporting on this assembly in an unique interview with the director of the Senegalese personal press group Emedia (radio, tv, each day newspaper and web site), Madame Le Pen mentioned that she had “convergences” with a “charming man” due to their frequent attachment to “sovereignty”.

Mr. Le Pen’s journey was ready with the utmost discretion and was solely introduced by the French each day l’Opinion on January 16, the day of his departure from France. Within the article that talks about it, the keep in Senegal is described as a stage in his preparation for “the train of energy”. On this identical newspaper, in a discussion board, she described the aims of her go to, the themes to be addressed and her ideas on Franco-African relations. The prognosis and the proposals on the financial and social scenario of the African continent and of Senegal specifically that Mr. Le Pen makes are usually not very unique. It denounces the first insertion of Africa in worldwide commerce, the relations of domination between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) international locations. She recommends for the continent an industrialization, extra respect, a spot of everlasting member within the Safety Council of the UN and which will probably be occupied by Senegal.

Like her positions in France the place she declares to be towards the present pension reform, she is upwind towards the actions of workers and their unions who contest it, she guarantees mountains and wonders by way of African France whereas sustaining the devices of the present French imperialist coverage (navy operations, CFA/ECO franc, Francophonie centered…). It must also be remembered that Mrs. Le Pen had proposed, amongst different despicable measures, to interrupt the Official Growth Help paid to Mali in retaliation for the actions of the authorities in that nation. This proposal had additionally been taken up by Emmanuel Macron.
Macky Sall crossed the Rubicon by receiving Marine Le Pen. The xenophobic diatribes directed specifically towards Muslims by the chief of the Nationwide Rally have positively made her unfrequentable for a lot of Senegalese within the diaspora in addition to contained in the nation.

The gesture of the Senegalese president is simply intelligible within the mild of his political scenario. After ten years in energy, he has ruined his credit score and is struggling to stimulate in style mobilization round himself and his watchwords. Regardless of this isolation, he needs to impose, in violation of the spirit and the letter of the Structure, his candidacy for the presidential election of 2024. To do that, he governs in repression. Journalists, affiliation and political activists are its most popular targets. There are dozens of them languishing in jail for causes which might be the hallmark of authoritarian regimes. By receiving the pinnacle of the nationwide RN, the Senegalese president proves that he doesn’t shrink from any abjection in an try to supply himself a brand new ally internationally. International buddies are by no means quite a few sufficient when it’s essential to repress populations within the silence of the worldwide group. The Communists are making the most of this event, furthermore, to resume their help for the democratic and progressive forces preventing towards the aforementioned abuses.
With this go to, Mr. Le Pen and the French far proper are taking a brand new step. That is undoubtedly the results of rallies from financial circles in France and Africa. Philippe Bohn, ex-Mr. Africa of Airbus, former president of Air Senegal and sentenced in 2021 by French justice in reference to a case in regards to the firm Aigle Azur, is the concrete expression of this rapprochement.

Though Emmanuel Macron and the networks near him remained deafeningly silent on this topic, it’s sure that the French authorities had been knowledgeable earlier than this go to. On this case as on different topics, it might be motivated by sordid political calculations taking part in persevering with to make the acute proper its “greatest enemy”, whereas taking up a part of its program. This can be very harmful. It’s the responsibility of communists and different leftist and democratic forces on our two continents to place an finish to this idiot’s recreation and to lift the prospect of actual societal change taking over the financial, social and environmental challenges.

Felix Atchade
member of the Africa collective
and the PCF’s Worldwide Relations Fee

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1. Hospitality.
2. Base of the French armed forces in Senegal.

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