Macron leading France to Armageddon

France’s election of Macron was an accident due to the right’s Francois Fillon imploding because he was so skint that he had to invent a government job for his wife.  Macron by contrast married a wealthy woman 23 years his senior who, as a drama teacher, doubtless proved invaluable in training him to put across the vacuous Blairide slogans on which he rode to office.

Islamic immigration was the main feature that distinguished him from Marie Le Pen but now in office he is ready to implement his other polices, such as they are.

France boasts the highest share of government in the OECD at 57 per cent and the trajectory of bigger government has shown little modification over the years in spite of the alleged “centre-left, centre right” oscillation of parties in power.

Portrayed as a reformist version of Hollande, Macron shows no determination to address the cancer of big government that is undermining the French economy.  He may push back on some of the senseless policies like the ludicrous “right to disconnect” from work emails after hours, a right put in place to avoid “burnout” and the health impact of “info-obesity” stemming from the 35 hour week introduced almost two decades ago.

Macron has a €50 billion expansion plan covering energy and environment, transport, education and all the other baubles recently christened as justifying “good debt”.  Offsetting this he claims €60 billion in savings but the flimsy nature of these is illustrated in a €10 billion saving from lower unemployment benefits, resulting from – wait for it – lowering the unemployment rate from 10 per cent (24 per cent for youths) to 7.2 per cent

One reform the ALP could learn from is his intention to reduce the corporate tax rate from 33 per cent to the European average of 25.

Energy employment is something Macron sees as being a clear winner.  In a Trump taunting video in February, he said he’d open the doors of France to all the entrepreneurs, researchers and public policy drones in the climate change space.

He has followed this up by appointing a green activist TV star, Nicolas Hulot, as his energy and environment minister.  Hulot, in accepting the post said, “”I think, although I am not sure, that the new political situation offers an opportunity for action”.  A devotee of windmills, he is also anti-nuclear (which supplies 75 per cent of France’s electricity) though claims that abandoning nuclear is only “a medium term target”.

Doubtless wind farm and solar subsidies will be part of the drive to solve unemployment – replacing nuclear power stations with more labour-intensive wind and solar has to be a winner – what could go wrong?  Plenty as we have seen with Rudd/ Gillard and as careful assessments of the offsetting impacts of such policies have demonstrated in Spain and Germany. The sad decline of the French economy seems destined to continue.

Post Script: in contrast to the French welcoming and subsidising the economy-suppressing green rent seekers, President Trump is defunding the mendicants.  Scoop reports that the draft energy budget has a 70 per cent reduction in proposed 2018 spending.

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44 Responses to Macron leading France to Armageddon

  1. Tel

    … because he was so skint that he had to invent a government job for his wife …

    Interesting. Can I have a try at that next time I’m a little short?

  2. candy

    Perhaps he will turn out better than expected. Time will tell. He seems earnest and well intentioned.

    You’ve got to wonder about the French culture, though Accepting his wife so easily. Love is magical to the French, even a 40 year old married mother preying on a young boy of 15. In any other culture it would be considered ugly and immoral let alone illegal.

    There’s some deviant strain in the French culture perhaps.

  3. Tel

    Energy employment is something Macron sees as being a clear winner. In a Trump taunting video in February, he said he’d open the doors of France to all the entrepreneurs, researchers and public policy drones in the climate change space.

    When you have a massive government owned nuclear industry you have (shall we say) a bit of a vested interest in putting the regulatory knife into your CO2 producing competitors.

  4. Oh come on

    Oh, wow. A French leader who abandons nuclear energy? OK, that would make Turnbull and Gillard look like pathetic amateurs in the battle of catastrophic Climate Change policymaking.

  5. struth

    France?
    They deserve Macron good and hard.

    They’re about to get it.

  6. Exit Stage Right

    Les grenouilles voted for this merde.

    Candy I think you are a bit wet behind the ears. He’s a mummies boy, a la Trudeau. And the media are worried about Trump.

  7. Andrew

    The Cat campaigned without merci for this scumbag. If only there had been some clues that the Economy Minister in the Hollande govt was a green-left, open borders, German-grovelling, big govt socialist.

    My prediction is that you people won’t see a single policy of the Right introduced. He will be the French Trumble.

  8. Rob MW

    He seems earnest and well intentioned.

    Lol, he looks like earnest as well, lets face it, only an unlikely earnest would want to knock-off an expiry dated school teacher for more than just another notch in his problematic shooter.

  9. Michel Lasouris

    President Micron of France ; le petit Napoleon. has no policies, no deputies, no party machine, no hope.
    He is a sorry person, who does not want a Partner, he wants a Mummy. Sad, sad little man.; ex banker, ex nobody. Still the French will get what they voted for. More terrorism, more unemployment, more riots, less growth, and more subjucation to Germany. No wonder the Brits want out of the EU. They had to rescue Europe from its own stupidity twice in the twentieth century, the don’t want to “choose sides” this time. They’ll remain neutral like the Scandinavians and the Swiss

  10. Zipster the leftoid torturemeister

    Macron by contrast married a wealthy woman 23 years his senior who, as a drama teacher

    BZZZT Stop right there, a woman doesn’t get rich being a drama teacher, a woman gets rich by divorcing a rich man.

  11. Waz

    France last had a surplus in 1981 (the bump point in Alan’s graph). 36 years of continuous expansion of public sector debt and for they have achieved a 10% unemployment rate. We now seem to be locked into the same cycle except we at least still dig up lots of stuff and sell it which is good for make-work programs elsewhere in the economy. Think I’ll just go stand in the corner and vomit.

  12. Penguinte

    How the hell are they going to build our subs? Instead of a snorkel they’ll have wind mills.

  13. struth

    When did the cat campaign for this guy.
    I certainly didn’t as most commenters.
    LQC is not the cat.

  14. Anonandon

    How the hell are they going to build our subs? Instead of a snorkel they’ll have wind mills.

    You beat me to it. Quelle Horreur!

  15. stackja

    Will Macron have a parliamentary majority?

  16. This is too, too good. Good enough to bring me in from the shadows.

    Macron’s Svengali is named Monsieur Hulot.

    Too, too good.

  17. hzhousewife

    Will Macron have a parliamentary majority?

    June 6th is the vital date. Will be interesting.

  18. zyconoclast

    Energy employment is something Macron sees as being a clear winner. In a Trump taunting video in February, he said he’d open the doors of France to all the entrepreneurs, researchers and public policy drones in the climate change space.

    Who knew all those African and ME fake refugees were actually climate change experts in disguise.
    Macron is a genius.

  19. Infidel Tiger

    The granny fucker is a weird dude.

    He not only has no stake in the future he has no stake in the present.

  20. Infidel Tiger

    The Cat campaigned without merci for this scumbag. If only there had been some clues that the Economy Minister in the Hollande govt was a green-left, open borders, German-grovelling, big govt socialist.

    Huh?

  21. Megan

    No one in France will notice until they fall over the cliff. And maybe, not even then.

    Those subs will turn out to be nothing but fairy floss.

  22. Peter

    “Doubtless wind farm and solar subsidies will be part of the drive to solve unemployment – replacing nuclear power stations with more labour-intensive wind and solar has to be a winner – what could go wrong? “

    Who was it who suggested that the way to really solve the energy problem is for the government to give all the unemployed people stationary bicycles with little dynamo generators attached and tell them to peddle like crazy. Two birds, one stone. With a little luck that will also cause enough heart attacks to also solve the world’s population problem that the green left is always going on about, and the problem of aging baby boomers being a drag on the health system. Geez, these guys are really onto something.
    Mind you with so many out of work dope-head stoners stopping every few minutes for a pull on a doobie it may not work so well as they plan, but then again when does a green left plan work at all?

  23. Oh come on

    The Cat campaigned without merci for this scumbag. If only there had been some clues that the Economy Minister in the Hollande govt was a green-left, open borders, German-grovelling, big govt socialist.

    Go home, Andrew, you’re drunk.

  24. Empire

    The Cat campaigned without merci for this scumbag. If only there had been some clues that the Economy Minister in the Hollande govt was a green-left, open borders, German-grovelling, big govt socialist.

    The Cat isn’t a lone looney poster or two. The comments on those posts identified Macron as the suprastatist fraud and gerontophiliac that he is.

    #fakenews

  25. mareeS

    It will be entertaining to watch France. Especially seeing how many have decamped to New Caledonia and are continuing to do so.

    We do work there part of the year, and it’s quite interesting how many Francais with young families have taken up residence in recent years.

    It is ruled under EU goodies, but huge euros also go to French Polynesia from reparations after the nuclear tests

    2hrs flying from Brisbane,mand very civilised.

  26. pbw

    Here’s Jim Goad doing what he does best.

    Two-thirds of the votes went to this guy. In fact, the first figure was 66.1% to 33.9%, which is excruciatingly neat. A few days later the Macron vote was said to be 67.7.

    Macron has five years in which to wreak havoc. I would not underestimate his aptitude for it.

  27. Jannie

    I think the impending guerre civile may make their economic decline look like a minor side issue.

  28. Nerblnob

    Especially seeing how many have decamped to New Caledonia and are continuing to do so.

    They are dwarfed by the numbers decamped already to the UK.
    Voting Frexit with their feet.
    Official stats don’t show it properly because of open borders and all that, and net gains from 3rd World immigrants disguises the brain drain.

    The smarter ones are also trying to immigrate to USA, Canada, Australia and NZ as much as they are allowed to. I’ve never heard a bad word about Australia in France, compared to the slagging you sometimes get from the Poms.

  29. Herodotus

    As Kates observes in an item below, the leftist media are nuts. While France elects Macron they cheer about his “disruptive and novel” approach, and at the same time continue to vilify Trump and go on endlessly about those wascally wussians, and a beatup about shared intelligence.

  30. Mark M

    Like a typical Democrat in the US, Macron talks a lot about “diversity” on campaign trail but a picture of his staff says it all:
    https://twitter.com/OliMauritania/status/863523705632194560

    plenty of diversity in this photo:
    A rocket called trump
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/article150242997.html

  31. thefrolickingmole

    Note the approving tone of this article.

    Secret plans to ‘protect’ France in the event of Le Pen victory emerge
    Election win for far-right leader would have set off plans to ‘keep the peace’ official says as support for Macron’s party grows

    It was never written down and never given a name, but France had a detailed plan to “protect the Republic” if far right leader Marine Le Pen was elected president, French media have reported.

    “It was like a multi-stage rocket,” an unnamed senior official told l’Obs magazine. “The philosophy, and the absolute imperative, was to keep the peace, while also respecting our constitutional rules.”


    L’Obs cited three anonymous sources with knowledge of the emergency plan that would have been put into effect had Le Pen reached the Elysée palace, saying it was devised by a small group of ministers, chiefs of staff and top civil servants.

    The magazine said the plan was aimed mainly at preventing serious civil unrest and “freezing” the political situation by convening parliament in emergency session and maintaining the outgoing prime minister in office.

  32. H B Bear

    Economics is the least of the Frogs problems.

  33. Roger

    France is divided into two:

    Metropolitan France & “peripheral France”, where les déplorables who voted for Le Pen & Melenchon live. Paris, Lyons, Marseilles, which epitomise metropolitan France, are being partitioned into well off French areas and poor Muslim areas which will become “no-go” areas for the French if they haven’t already. Muslim migrants are effectively colonising areas of metropolitan France. By electing Macron, an open borders advocate who believes there is “no such thing as French culture” and who is unlikely to address France’s economic woes, the French have voted for the Balkanisation of their own country. Meanwhile, 7000 J e w s, most of them young, emigrate to Israel every year; they can see the writing on the wall, even if the majority of the French can’t.

  34. The magazine said the plan was aimed mainly at preventing serious civil unrest and “freezing” the political situation by convening parliament in emergency session and maintaining the outgoing prime minister in office.

    Wow. The 5th column is strong in France.

  35. Zipster the leftoid torturemeister

    Government spending above 50% of GDP… France has turned into a communist nation by stealth.

  36. Dr Fred Lenin

    Had to invent a job for his wife ? Hasnt he heard of taxpayers paying for a rort that finds jobs that dont exist for people who dont want to work,and giving your wife the contract ? Our career pollies are way ahead when it comes to shiftiness,dont they have heaps of pollies who have failed in the law trade in France ? We could ship them a few container ship loads tomorrow we are paying to “train ” thousands every year they cant all get an ambulance chasing job . -question will a law degree be needed to get a tram drivers job soon ?

  37. True Aussie

    And when France’s muslims decide its time to openly declare France as their caliphate Macron will have his head down and arse up so quick he will get whiplash.

  38. Bruce of Newcastle

    Macho macho man, I wanna be a macho man!

    Teacher’s Pet

    …the article went on to quote a French “writer on gender issues” who argued that Macron won the election “because he didn’t do any kind of macho performance, and that’s what we need. If she’s done that for him, great.” Chira and Blaise agreed: to many voters, Macron represents “a welcome antidote to past hypermasculine French politicians.” Hypermasculine French politicians? Who? I mean, who, post-Charles DeGaulle, could possibly be called “hypermasculine”? What did I miss? I mean, Pompidou, Mitterand, Chirac, and Sarkozy were hardly effeminate, but by the same token they weren’t – well, they weren’t Trump. They weren’t Berlusconi. They were Sorbonne types who looked as if they’d been born in a perfectly pressed suit and tie and holding a glass of chardonnay. “Hypermasculine”? Really?

    In any case, yeah, in a country currently undergoing an aggressive, violent process of Islamization, that’s just who you want to be in charge: a dude whom everybody praises for not being masculine. The Gallic version of Pajama Boy.

    *wince*

    RTWT!

  39. Sparkx

    Macron leading France to Armageddon

    Methinks it will be quite a short trip.
    Sommes-nous déjà là?

  40. Louis Hissink

    Apparently Macron was a hard lefty they dressed up in centrist cloth in order to ensure a PC result. They succeeded and with government > 50% of the economy, they are, as Hanrahan said, rooned. It is inevitable.

    Tel’s comment re the uranium connection, (France has 80% of their electricity produced by nuclear plants), is also spot on. Killing off their competitors is standard OP for the mining industry, crony capitalism at its best.

  41. John Comnenus

    The most important thing to know about public administration is that all national income originates in the private sector.

    The private sector generates national income through value adding wealth creation, the public sector takes some of that wealth and spends it on no value adding activities and then recycles some of that spending that returns to the government through taxes on public sector employees.

    France can’t be saved if 55% of the economy is funded by the 45% that is the private sector.

    For economists : Can a deficit be defined and hence calculated as: Total Public Sector spending minus (total private sector revenue plus recycled public sector income earned from public sector revenue [ie public servants taxes and govt charges on govt bodies] and revenue earned from public sector commercial operations [example income earned through the ABC shop etc]).

  42. Dan Dare

    Thanks Mongrel
    Love that Mr Hulot.

  43. Crossie

    France?
    They deserve Macron good and hard.

    They’re about to get it.

    During the election campaign Le Pen said that France will have are female leader, whether it is her or Angela Merkel is up to the French people. It could turn out to be true if everything goes pear-shaped and they have to ask Germany for help.

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