French intelligence strategy document warns of “insurrectional violence”
Will Morrow, WSWS, Jul 19 2019

The French national intelligence and counter-terrorism organization quietly released the first update to its five-year public strategy document on Monday. The report, which was uploaded to a ministerial website and not accompanied by any presidential press release, states that the role of France’s counter-terrorism agencies is to fight “subversive movements” and the threat of “insurrectional violence” in the population. The “National Intelligence Strategy” was published by the National Intelligence Coordination for the Fight Against Terrorism (CNRLT), an arm of the Élysée presidential palace. It advises the president and reports directly to the PM. The report was written in direct collaboration with the PM and personally approved by Pres Macron. The strategy document states in the preface that it “constitutes the road map for the intelligence agencies.” A comparison with the first five-year “road map” makes clear the purposes of the update. The 2014 version identifies its five areas of operations as terrorism, espionage and economic interference, the proliferation of WMDs, cyber-attacks and organized crime. This month’s report establishes a new category: “Anticipation of crises and the risk of major ruptures.” Under the headline “Violent subversion,” it states:

The growing strength of movements and networks of a subversive character constitutes a factor of crisis that is all the more preoccupying because they are aimed at weakening and even destroying the foundations of our democracy and the republican institutions through insurrectional violence.

The document explains that by “subversive” movements, it means not only “violent actions against people or goods” but “also the collection of traditional demands that these movements employ in order to infiltrate and radicalize them.” This is a formula for the criminalization and violent suppression of any expression of social opposition in the population. Within this framework, so-called “traditional demands” against layoffs, for higher wages, improved living standards, against war and for social equality, do not represent the legitimate demands of the population, but are merely “employed” by “subversive” forces whose aim is the destruction of democracy. This is the argument of a fascist police state. The report continues:

The radicalization of these modes of action calls for a heightened vigilance by the intelligence services in their function of anticipation and the defence of the state to prevent violence of all kinds and the destabilization of our institutions.

Under the headline “Crises of public order,” the report outlines the response of the intelligence agencies to the growth of social opposition in the working class. it states:

The anticipation, analysis and monitoring of social movements and crises in society by the intelligence agencies constitute a double priority. A knowledge of local life and the connection with its actors (elected officials, associations, media) are important challenges for the different intelligence services.

These policies, outlined by a leading “counter-terrorism” agency in France, underscore the fact that the vast expansion of the police powers and the evisceration of democratic rights over the past decade and a half under the banner of the GWOT has always been directed against social and political opposition in the working class, while promoting the neocolonial operations of French imperialism in the MENA. In France, the build-up of a police state has been carried out under both the Republicans and the Socialists, from amongst whom Macron’s Republic on the Move party emerged, with the support of the entire political establishment. Pres Hollande utilized the Nov 2015 terror attacks as a pretext to declare a state of emergency that lasted almost two years, with the support of Melenchon’s Left Front. The report constitutes a warning of the far advanced preparations for authoritarian rule in France and across Europe. The objective source of this universal process is the staggering growth in social inequality in every country, and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny corporate and financial elite, which is determined to enrich itself by wiping away whatever gains remain of those won by the working class in bitter struggles throughout the 20th century. The ruling class is turning toward police-state measures and the promotion of fascist and far-right forces to suppress growing opposition in the working class to capitalism and rising support for socialism. In Germany, the Verfassungschutz has placed our allied party on a list of “left-wing extremist” organizations requiring surveillance, citing its opposition to militarism and capitalism and its call for the building of a mass revolutionary socialist movement in the working class. At the same time, the political establishment promotes the neo-Nazi Alternative for Germany (AfD) and covers for far-right terrorist networks inside the state apparatus. In Pindostan, Trump’s makes almost daily statements that Pindostan will never be a socialist country. He speaks ever more openly as a fascist seeking to build an extra-parliamentary movement based on anticommunism and violent anti-immigrant attacks. Within France itself, the Macron administration has responded to mass “yellow vest” protests against social inequality over the past six months not with concessions but escalating police violence including mass arrests, rubber bullets, tear gas and the deployment of the military.

The advanced preparations for authoritarian rule in France were underscored by the government’s actions on Bastille Day on Jul 14. Terrified that protests could erupt as thousands of soldiers marched through Paris for the Bastille Day parade in a humiliating setback to Macron, the security forces placed a blanket ban on anyone in political sympathy with the “yellow vests” from entering large areas of Paris around the parade area on the Champs-Elysées avenue. Before the parade, the police rounded up hundreds of individuals identified as potential protest leaders. Leading “yellow vest” protesters including Eric Drouet, Maxime Nicolle and Jérôme Rodrigues were rounded up and detained until the end of the ceremony. Police then transported the detainees to a camp in Paris’ 18th Arondissement, near a police station surrounded by barbed wire fences in an area of abandoned warehouses. Nonetheless, masses of people booed and jeered Macron as his motorcade passed down the Champs-Élysées during the Bastille Day parade. The French government is now giving a green light for a further escalation of police violence. This week, the news web site Médiapart revealed that the Macron government had bestowed a “yellow vest” award to more than 9,000 police officers last month as recognition for their role in violently repressing the protests. Those who received medals included Grégoire Chassaing, the police commissioner in charge of the police raid on a music festival in Nantes on Jun 22 that caused the disappearance and presumed drowning of 24-year-old Steve Caniço; Rabah Souchi, who led the police charge that nearly killed the peaceful, 73-year-old “yellow vest” protester Geneviève Legay in Nice; and Bruno Félix, the leader of the riot police unit implicated in the death of Zinab Redouane in Marseille.

After three-month cover-up, investigation into police assault of “yellow vest” Geneviève Legay transferred to Lyon
Francis Dubois, WSWS, Jul 19 2019

On Jul 10, the investigation into the brutal Mar 23 police assault on 73-year-old “yellow vest” protester Geneviève Legay in Nice was transferred to Lyon investigators. The decision follows three months in which, from the local police forces to the interior and justice ministry and the presidential palace, state agents have systematically covered up the facts and sought to prevent a credible investigation. Legay was grievously wounded by police as they charged a peaceful protest by a few dozen “yellow vests” at Garibaldi Place in Nice, held in opposition to the ban on protests by Nice’s Republican mayor Christian Estrosi and the maritime police prefect of the Alps, on the pretext of the visit the following day of Chinese Pres Xi Jinping. As acknowledged even by the police, the protest posed no public danger. During the police charge, the septuagenarian was violently pushed and struck by an officer with a riot shield. The blows caused multiple fractures to her skull, internal hemorrhaging and a fracture of her coccyx. She was hospitalized and her survival was uncertain, after police physically stopped “yellow vest” street medics from helping her on the scene. According to a contemporary report, her condition “became worse over the course of hours.” Two weeks later, she had sustained hemorrhaging and a hematoma in the skull, and had not regained her balance or sense of smell. Her vision was impaired and she no longer heard from one ear. The account of the events on Mar 23 by police present a disturbing picture. One officer said:

I can confirm that my men stepped over those who fell on the ground.

Another said:

I noticed the presence of a person on the ground, whom I had to step over to not hit. I continued on with two of my colleagues and it was only once the march stopped that we realized that a woman was on the ground.

A chain of lies and cover-up was almost immediately put in place. On Jul 11, the media confirmed that the prosecutor Jean-Michel Prêtre, who was initially responsible for the investigation and had from the beginning denied any police role in Legay’s injury, had followed the entire police operation from the Urban Supervision Center. He was therefore evidently informed to the contrary. The same day as the assault, the police went to see Legay on her bed in hospital, preventing others from entering, to attempt to have her state that a journalist had pushed her and not a policeman. The prosecutor confined the investigation to the service led by the police commissioner most responsible for the charge, Rabah Souchi, who had also participated in the operations of the police that day in the area where Legay was hit, as the prosecutor was aware. Replying to questions from journalists indicating a “conflict of interest,” he flatly stated:

I don’t see how this poses any problem.

These actions were denounced by Legay’s lawyers and representatives of the judiciary, but the justice ministry refused to take any action. The charges filed by Legay’s lawyers, for “intentional violence with arms by individuals representing the public authority against a vulnerable person” and “tampering with witnesses,” including against the police prefecture, have been buried. Her lawyer stated several days after the event:

The suspects in the investigation are the same who have been knowingly put in charge of the investigation by the prosecutor. It’s beyond a conflict of interest. Today, the same prosecutor is in charge of a part of the investigation, although he is also a potential suspect. The question is, why does (Justice Minister) Mme Belloubet still protect him?

The Nice prosecutor had already come into the spotlight for his role in the case of a murdered CGT unionist in Guadeloupe, during a strike against the high cost of living in Feb 2009. The first accused was freed with an alibi, and the second falsely accused by Prêtre spent four years in prison before being released. Prêtre also came to attention for his particular vehemence in seeking to charge individuals providing aid to immigrants. Pres Macron gave the blessing of the Élysée to the assault on Legay. While it had already been accepted that she was hit by a police officer, Macron declared that “this woman was not in contact with the police,” placing the blame upon her for the attack:

To be in peace, one must act responsibly … When one is fragile and can be rushed, one doesn’t go into places declared out of bounds and put oneself in such a situation like this one.

At the end of June, Macron attacked her again in an interview with the New Yorker, saying:

To go into a place where protesting had been banned is completely crazy. Having good sense is important, above all in this difficult period. I wish her the best. But this old woman was not going shopping. She was protesting with activists faced against police, in the worst moment of the crisis.

Three months after the events and for its own reasons, the gendarmerie decided at the end of June to reveal a report stating that it had opposed carrying out the order by Sochi to charge, on the following basis:

orders received disproportionate compared to the threat (calm crowd).

Macron has created a pseudo-legal basis for the attacks against social and democratic rights in France, introducing the “anti-rioters” law at the beginning of February. The government has made use of it to justify the police provocations against the “yellow vests.” The law was confirmed by the Senate less than two weeks before the police aggression against Legay. This law gives to the police powers which hitherto had belonged only to the courts, and which the police had not possessed since the Nazi collaborationist Vichy regime, abolishing the separation of powers. The police aggression against an elderly woman who posed no danger underscores that the promotion of the judicial norms of fascism is tied to the efforts to create an authoritarian police state to suppress any expression of mass social opposition to Macron. The transfer of the investigation to Lyon will be aimed solely at preventing any shedding of light on the authoritarian procedures of the police, demanded by ever broader layers of workers.


  1. Posted July 19, 2019 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    in GWOG (globalist war on goyim, which is what it has always been) “you are either with us or against us”.

  2. natasha
    Posted July 19, 2019 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Lobro-convert quickly while you still have a chance[sic]!

  3. Posted July 19, 2019 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    your persistence is commendable, i am sure it will eventually pay off.

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