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Francia è la malata d’Europa, dice il Ministro Esteri Polacco.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-01-02.

Anatra Zoppa Lame Duck

Queste sono riferite essere le frasi pronunciate da Mr Czaputowicz, Ministro degli Esteri polacco.

«”Something’s not right” in France»

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«The protests in recent weeks, president Emmanuel Macron’s retreat from reform of the country – it’s sad because France is the sick man of Europe, dragging Europe down»

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«His reference to “reform” came after Macron had promised more spending on welfare in reaction to the yellow vest movement, which could see France break EU fiscal rules»

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«His reference to the Strasbourg attack, which was carried out by a Muslim, also alluded to Poland’s refusal to take in Muslim refugees from Greece and Italy under EU quotas in what Poland has said posed a security threat»

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Mr Pierre Levy è l’Ambasciatore francese in Polonia.

«Levy said the yellow vest movement came out of financial inequality and a feeling that the political elite did not listen to people’s concerns»

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«He said these “divisions” were visible not just in France, but elsewhere in Europe, and beyond, in the age of globalisation.»

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«He defended Macron’s economic swing to the left, but he said some of the yellow vest leaders’ demands, such as rule via referendums, were “weird”»

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«France was under attack, he added, not because it had a large Muslim minority, but because it was “engaged in the fight against terrorism” in places such as Iraq, Mali, and Syria.»

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Fu lo Czar Nicola I di Russia a definire l’Impero Turco ‘il grande malato d’Europa‘.  Ed all’epoca in cui parlava, lo Czar aveva perfettamente ragione.

Chiunque conosca la Francia, ossia i francesi, comprende bene quanto il titolo di ‘malato d’Europa‘ ben si attagli a questo paese. Se sicuramente Parigi ed i suoi suburbi sono di notevole importanza politica, sociale ed economica, essi non costituiscono la Francia: è la provincia agricola il cuore francese. Lenta alla comprensione, lenta all’ira, ma incredibilmente determinata nelle azioni che intraprende.

Parigi è oggi lo spettro di cosa fu anche solo venti anni or sono: negozi cadenti, volti bui, gente indaffarata a sopravvivere. Da quando ha chiuso il Poulet Doré, Rue de Rivoli ha perso molto del suo glamour. Ma è il giro delle banlieue che fa comprendere cosa siano i francesi di oggi: lì la miseria la si palpa con mano, la si vede con i propri occhi.

Persino il mitico Crazy Horse non è più francese: lo hanno comprato due imprenditori belgi, Philippe Lomme e Yannick Kalantarian.

Ma le banlieue sembrano essere regge visitando la provincia. Tutto è cadente, come se la manutenzione fosse un optional. Visitate quella che Jean de La Fontaine definì essere «le plus beau village de l’univers». Sembra di visitare le rovine di Pompei.

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Il problema della Francia è quello del resto dell’Europa reduce da decenni di governi liberal socialisti.

Lo stato governa direttamente od indirettamente oltre la metà del sistema economico francese.

La pressione fiscale supera il 50%, cui si dovrebbero aggiungere imposte e tasse regionali e comunali.

La classe media, quella che una volta era un fiore all’occhiello della Francia, è virtualmente scomparsa. Il 50% della popolazione vive con meno di 1,700 euro al mese, oltre il 15% della popolazione rientra nella soglia della povertà.

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Il risultato è evidente: chi era ricco di famiglia diventa sempre più ricco, chi invece era povero, sprofonda verso la miseria.

Le responsabilità dei governi che si sono succeduti in Francia sono enormi.

Hanno inseguito i loro ideali di Grandeur, una sproporzionata ambizione di primeggiare in campo internazionale, di voler imporre al prossimo il loro modo di pensare ed agire, di rifiutarsi di avere rapporti con governi che non fossero di loro gradimento.

Il rapporto debito / pil non è straripante solo perchè è stato in parte contabilizzato a carico delle regioni, proprio come in Germania, ove il debito federale è stato scaricato in buona parte sui Länder.

In questo Mr Macron batte tutti i suoi predecessori alla Presidenza della Francia. Quanto ad alterigia non ha proprio nulla da invidiare a Luigi XIV. L’état, c’est moi poteva dirlo il Re Sole. ma Mr Macron a confronto è polvere sui piatti della bilancia.

Bene.

Mr Macron aveva definito coloro che non la avessero pensata come di suo gradimento dei ‘lebbrosi’.

Aveva dichiarato di essere il nemico numero uno di questi ‘lebbrosi’, di essere il nemico mortale di Mr Salvini.

Benissimo.

Questi due mesi di continui silenzi e questo aver ceduto ai Gilets Jaunes sono il sintomo evidente di quanto la Francia sia il malato di Europa.


EU Observer. 2018-12-30. France ‘shocked’ by Poland’s ‘sick man’ attack on Macron

France’s ambassador to Poland has said he was “shocked” by the Polish foreign minister’s comments that France had become the “sick man of Europe”.

“I won’t hide that I was surprised, even shocked, by those remarks,” Pierre Levy, the French diplomat, told Polsat News, a Polish TV broadcaster, in an interview out on Wednesday (26 December).

France was trying to build closer ties with Poland, he said, but the Polish minister’s comments made him “wonder whether Polish authorities really wanted to mend our relations”.

He spoke amid long-standing EU concern that the nationalist-populist bent of Poland’s right-wing ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS), including its attack on judicial independence and media freedom, as well as its eurosceptic rhetoric, violated EU norms and values.

“We want Poland to play a full role in Europe. We want to stand together. I can’t imagine a Europe worthy of the name, in which Poland didn’t play its role together with us,” Levy said, alluding to an EU sanctions procedure that could see Warsaw deprived of its EU voting rights.

But he warned that populism threatened European interests, in an apparent dig at PiS’ behaviour.

“Polish people should know that the forces against [French president Emmanuel] Macron on the right, on the fringe right, the left and the fringe left, are forces whose political vision go against the fundamental interests of Poland – in the case of the EU, of Nato, of Russia,” Levy said.

“Instability in Europe is in the interests of powers lying to the east and also those in the west,” he added, pointing to Russia, but also to the US under its populist new leader, Donald Trump.

Levy spoke after the Polish foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, lambasted France over its ‘yellow vest’ riots and over a recent terrorist attack at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg.

“Something’s not right” in France, Czaputowicz told press shortly before Christmas.

“The protests in recent weeks, president Emmanuel Macron’s retreat from reform of the country – it’s sad because France is the sick man of Europe, dragging Europe down,” the Polish minister said.

His reference to “reform” came after Macron had promised more spending on welfare in reaction to the yellow vest movement, which could see France break EU fiscal rules.

His reference to the Strasbourg attack, which was carried out by a Muslim, also alluded to Poland’s refusal to take in Muslim refugees from Greece and Italy under EU quotas in what Poland has said posed a security threat.

Levy said the yellow vest movement came out of financial inequality and a feeling that the political elite did not listen to people’s concerns.

He said these “divisions” were visible not just in France, but elsewhere in Europe, and beyond, in the age of globalisation.

He defended Macron’s economic swing to the left, but he said some of the yellow vest leaders’ demands, such as rule via referendums, were “weird”.

“I believe in representative democracy,” Levy said.

The ambassador added that the Strasbourg attack bore the hallmarks of previous Islamist assaults in the country, but that the investigation into its roots had not yet been completed.

France was under attack, he added, not because it had a large Muslim minority, but because it was “engaged in the fight against terrorism” in places such as Iraq, Mali, and Syria.

“That’s why we’re a target,” he said.

Islamist radicalisation aside, the diplomat said most of the people behind past attacks had been shaped by the same forces of economic inequality that gave rise to the yellow vest riots.

“The attacks were acts of perpetrators, of people who, for various reasons, found themselves on the margins [of society], and who adopted the badge of Islamic radicals, even though, in reality, they weren’t radicals at all,” Levy said.

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