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Lionel Baland
Lionel Baland

Location: Belgium

Specialization: Euroscepticism, Patriotic parties of Europe

Bruno Mégret: The time of the Phoenix (Le temps du phénix)

For the next French president, solving the question of “How to do it?” is more important that overcoming the question of “What to do?”

Bruno Mégret is a French politician. A member of the center-right Gaulliste party Rassemblement pour la République (Rally for the Republic - RPR), he left it and joined the National Front in the eighties. He became a MEP and then the number two of this nationalist party. After this, he was in trouble with the president of the party Jean-Marie Le Pen and founded the Mouvement National Républicain (National Republican Movement - MNR). He didn’t succeed with this new party and left politics for good in 2008.

Mégret just published a new book: “The time of the Phoenix” ([i]). It’s a political novel of anticipation in which he imagines the fictional quinquennial victory of a French nationalist president elected in 2017. This man has to rebuild the country out of the difficult situation in which he finds it. It’s not an easy job, and he has to search a methodology, and finally he finds it. Bruno Mégret describes how this fictional president acts in five years and - despite many difficulties - put France back on its feet again.

The writer takes into account the fact that in 2002, between the first and the second turn of the presidential election between the center-right president Jacques Chirac from the RPR and the nationalist candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen from the National Front, most of the political parties, politicians, trade-unions, political associations, etc., took a position against Jean-Marie Le Pen. A climate of terror was created. Finally, Jacques Chirac, as much as he was completely discredited by his governing of the country, won with more than 82% against Jean-Marie Le Pen who received less than 18%. Bruno Mégret knows that if a nationalist comes to power in France and if he gets in the following legislative elections a majority at the Parliament, and thus the control of the government, he will actually not get the true power. So different institutional lockers and counter-powers will hinder him from taking decisions that can change the deal. He will take actions that will be better than those of the present socialist president François Hollande but these will only be symbolic. Therefore, the first goal of this new president is to get back the power at the helm and destroy the lockers that can prevent him from acting in depth. In his book, Bruno Mégret tries to answer the question “What to do?” by first and foremost asking this question: “How to do?” For Mégret , what is the more important is not the ideological choices, but how to find a way to apply them: it’s about the capacity of the rulers to apply their ideas. The political leaders are powerless. They endure or accompany the events instead impacting them. The leading politicians, rather than governing, search to convince us that they lead. They used to do it different techniques:

  1. The symbolic measure:
    (For example, it was already possible to deprive foreign terrorists of the French nationality but the system didn’t used this power, and if the new measure proposed some weeks ago will be passed, it would not use it any more in the future).
     
  2. The alibi law:
    Every time the same problem appears (for example, a corruption affair), the MPs vote a new law about it, without taking into consideration if it will be applied or not.
     
  3. The move to the area:
    When a problem occurs, the politicians rush to the spot (for example: if there is a problem of security, they visit police stations).
     
  4. The lie:

If they cannot do something to solve a problem, they say that what happened is good and that they wanted it (for example: globalization).

One element to consider is that even if a nationalist president was elected and received an impressive majority in the Parliament nothing would be possible. He would have to face the Constitutional Council - composed of magistrates - that have the power to overrule any reform not in line with the official ideology. In addition, the rules of the international treaties and the EU legal norms are in a higher legal level than national laws, even constitutional laws. Therefore with the new president, a referendum is thus organized at the same day of the legislative elections, to change the situation: the Constitutional Council can give an advice, but the rulers have the possibility to override it and the national laws are above the international rules. The legal provisions for it are enforced only after being integrated into domestic legislation.

For Bruno Mégret, the judicial system and the media have to be under the policymakers. For him, the Justice is a supervisory power while the legislative and the executive are powers of action: if the Justice is above the other powers, no wonder nothing is going on. What worries the political leaders is first the journalists, then the judges, and only then the voters. The new president takes back the hand against the media: 1. the public television channel France 2 comes under the direct control of the government, France 2 can in this way promote its decisions and its actions; 2. a national communication agency is created to spread the government's information using France 2 and the new media. Moreover, the president abrogates all the laws giving too much power to the magistrates: the laws allowing to sentence people for their opinions.

The methodology he uses avoids massive reactions of the political opposition: he employs the speed and the saturation process to his advantage. He takes at the same time several actions hitting frontally the opponents: they are in trouble because they cannot – it's especially true in the case of the media - respond simultaneously to each of these actions. Then the journalists cannot speak a lot about one topic: whether they focuse on one decision and cannot speak much about the others, or they concentrate themselves on many but divide the opposition force to each of the decisions. The adversary has to be saturated by decisions that he rejected. The high speed of actions allows the president to avoid an effective reaction of the opposition that was defeated and discredited by the elections. The same tactics are used against the trade-unions. The government takes advantage of the honeymoon between it and the voters after the elections to take the decisions and govern by decree. The agenda is: presidential elections in May, legislative elections in June, laws voted in July, and then the people go on holiday.

A new law is passed to stop all new migrations. Only the true asylum seekers are accepted, the others are expelled from the country. The family reunification principle is revoked. The unemployed foreigners who are no longer eligible for unemployment benefits are kicked out of the country. Measures given to those with ties to the country are scrapped. The national and European preference reserve some social benefits for the French and EU citizens.

In «The time of the Phoenix», the nationalist president thinks that Europe has to be rebuilt as an Europe of strong nations defending their identity. It has to be an European Union where beyond the central limited competencies, each country has the possibility to participate in the fields it wants. The European Commission has to be dissolved and the EU led by the states.

This structure has to free the European countries from the European Union bureaucracy, the US-hegemony and the globalist ideology. The president of «The time of the Phoenix» builds a new European Union liberated from NATO, the migratory pressure, and the trade regulations of the World Trade Organization. The European Union has to abandon all the responsibilities that the states can assume by themselves. The EU has to fight against the globalization and the euro-currency has to serve the European economies. This one has to be protected, the euro has to be devaluated, the euro rather than the dollar has to be used to buy and sell international products and resources, and the Central European Bank has to come under the control of the states. The EU-countries that are in NATO have to leave it and a common defense policy has to be built while preserving the autonomy of each national army.

Beyond the novel

Beyond the content of his novel, Bruno Mégret thinks that the time has come for a nationalist president in 2017. The two main reasons are: 1. The situation in the country is catastrophic and France needs a strong recovery and 2. the public opinion is very disgusted by the actual political class and is searching for somebody else. But a patriotic candidate can personify this renewal through his own program, personality and will to rebuild the country out of the difficult situation in which it finds itself.
 


[i] MÉGRET Bruno, Le temps du phénix, Récit d’anticipation 2017-2022, Éditions Cité Liberté, Noisy-le-Grand, 2016.

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