Le Grand Fromage Lands
Although elected under the banner of the Socialist Party (which obviously holds pro “European” views), Hollande attempted to govern in the interest of the “Colonial Party known as French Colonial Union”. 18 months into his term, he announced he was not a Socialist but a Social Democrat, (his version of Charles Lynton’s 3rd way) which stunned the French electorate. French Lame Stream however were more interested in his private life as he appeared to have more affairs faster than a Niknak cabinet reshuffle.
In reality, he had been clear about this switch from the day he took over from Agent Sarkozy. Like his predecessors, he placed the ceremony of his inauguration under the auspices of a historical figure Jules Ferry (1832-1893). While it’s true that Ferry organised free schooling, in his day he was extremely unpopular and was known by the nickname of “the Tonkinese”. He was the man who defended the commercial interests of the main industrial groups in Tunisia, in Tonkin and the Congo, which launched France into a number of racist and colonial adventures. Contrarily to what is commonly admitted in French education, his interest for primary school teaching was not directed towards the education of children, but towards their preparation as the soldiers of colonisation. His teachers were known as the “Black Hussars”.
Inauguration of Le Grand Fromage
Hollande had been greeted on a red carpet laid in the courtyard of the Elysée by Agent Sarkozy. Agent Sarkozy could scarcely disguise his dismay at giving way to a man that he once described as a “nothing”. After a brief limp-wristed handshake and Lame Stream satisfied, Agent Sarkozy turned away, shoulders slumped. He led Hollande into the presidential palace for a 40-minute handover meeting, including the transfer of the codes which control the French nuclear deterrent.
In his 20-minute inaugural speech, Hollande repeated his promise to abandon the glittering, frantic and often self-regarding presidential style of the Agent Sarkozy years. Hollande said he would govern with “dignity and simplicity”. He also promised to return to the traditional pattern of French government in which daily affairs are handled by the PM while the president plays a guiding role. Unlike Agent Sarkozy, who had invited 200 friends and family members to his inauguration in 2007, Hollande, as part of his desire for a more modest ceremony, invited 30 friends and colleagues but no members of his family.
With the inauguration fanfare over, it was down to political business (in keeping with his recent speech). At the Elysée Hollande chose Jean-Marc Ayrault as his PM, whom Hollande called his “political twin”. Ayrault perceived he had a reputation as a reasonable man, but strongly supported the colonisation of Palestine. He became Honorary President of the Cercle Léon Blum, an association created by Dominique Strauss Khan in order to assemble the Zionists in the Socialist Party.
Hollande named Laurent Fabius as Foreign Affairs Minister. Hollande and Fabius had been rivals, but (it comes as no surprise) Fabius had negotiated with the Qatar Emir, and especially with Israel, for their support during Hollande’s election campaign. Fabius, a man without convictions, he frequently changes his mind on major questions (to avoid saying the truth) depending on the final opportunities presented and available.
For example, in 1984 when PM, he allowed the contamination and death of 2,000 haemophiliacs in order to protect the interests of the Institut Pasteur, whose AIDS detection test wasn’t yet ready.
Thanks to François Mitterrand, who modified the rules of procedure, he was discharged by the law court according to the principle “responsible but not guilty”. His Minister for Health Edmond Hervé was convicted in his place, but not sentenced on the grounds he had already endured 15 years of criticism.
Hollande then chose his friend Jean-Yves Le Drian as his Defence Minister. Both had worked together for years as Socialist Party “loyalists” and protégés of the President of the European Commission Jacques Delors (made famous courtesy of Thatcher’s, ““No, No, No,” to Europe in the HoC. As usual in French election campaigns, political candidates lose their spine. In Le Drian’s case, he flew to Washington where he pledged allegiance, in Hollande’s name, to the United States of Europe.
In an unprecedented decision, Hollande maintained agent Sarkozy’s Chief of Staff in his post – General Benoît Puga. The officer was older than Hollande, and shared the extreme-right convictions of Hollande’s father. Puga enjoyed the right to enter Hollande’s office, at any time, and maintained a quasi-paternal relationship with Hollande.
Within hours of his inauguration and appointments made, Hollande flew to Berlin, where he met with Angela Merkel. Since the beginning of the Euro-zone debt crisis, Merkel and Agent Sarkozy had promoted austerity as the cure for Europe’s ills, but Hollande favoured an approach that emphasized growth. Merkel, who had been vocal in her support of Agent Sarkozy during the presidential campaign, nonetheless found common ground with Hollande, and the two spent much of the remaining year promoting the EU’s new fiscal compact.
Start and Failure of French Attempted Looting
Given the mess Agent Sarkozy made on Libya and Syria, the baton passed to Hollande. Before considering doing anything useful for the French nation, Hollande made an immediate assessment of the destruction of Libya. Libya had been in possession of funds evaluated at a minimum of US$150 billion. Officially, NATO had blocked, or had ordered the blockage of at least one-third of it. What happened to the rest? Gaddafi’s supporters thought they could use this money to finance the resistance and rebuilding of Libya in the long term. In April 2012, Prefect1 Edouard Lacroix, who had received access to a part of these investments, died in the space of one day from “hurricane cancer”, while Libyan ex-Minister for Oil, Shukri Ghanem was found drowned on 29th April in the river Danube.
With the aid of French Finance Minister Pierre Muscovici2, economic advisor to the Elysée Emmanuel Macron3, and several investment bankers, the US Treasury made off with the loot, the bank heist of the millennium, US$100 billion.
Syria Hydrocarbons/War Preparations
At the beginning of June 2012, France and the UK participated in the “Friends of Syria” work group, the “International Conference for Economic Recovery and Development” held in Abu Dhabi, presided over by Germany. The point of this meeting was to get member states to join in the war on Syria by promising them bounty.
Several years earlier, Norwegian companies InSeis Terra and Sagex Petroleum had officially undertaken the search for hydrocarbons in Syria. Although they had declared they had detected 13 oil and gas sites in only two dimensions, they had actually explored them all in three dimensions and thus knew the value of every one of them.
Since Sagex had been bought by an LSE-listed Franco-US company CGG Veritas and then absorbed by the Schlumberger Group, three states soon found themselves in possession of precious information, but not Syria who didn’t find out until 2013. According to the undertaken research, Syria’s underground reserves are larger than those of Qatar.
The UK placed Osama al-Kadi, a British gas executive in the Syrian National Council. With his help, Paris and London allocated concessions to the attendees in future exploitation of a country that had not yet invaded or conquered.
1A Prefect is an Executive of a prefecture, which is the capital city of a department, or province. The office is appointed by central government as its representative at local level, specifically for security matters. The department also has its own president chosen by a popularly elected council.
2Muscovici, an ex-Trotskyite Jew, went on to become the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs from 2014 to 2019
3The complete unknown Macron was handpicked to be the new PM in May 2017, apparently as a reward, as France received nothing.
© AW Kamau 2023