Interference that doesn't bother...

em par midjourney

With the war in Ukraine and the 2022 elections, the subject of foreign interference in national politics has been in the news. A commission of inquiry has even been appointed to determine its scope (Parliamentary Proceedings). Of course, the focus is mainly on foreign interference by Russia and China, because, rightly or wrongly, these are seen as the most dangerous.

However, there are many other forms of interference that are just as problematic, some of which we don’t want to face up to for ideological reasons and to avoid “stigmatizing” part of the French population. These include interference by Turkey and Algeria, for example, through their diaspora, but also through the use of Imams trained in their countries and promoting their cultural and geopolitical vision. Erdogan, the Turkish president, was convicted of incitement to hatred in 1998 for using these bellicose, religious verses: “The minarets will be our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the believers our soldiers”. He was addressing Turkey at the time, but it should not be forgotten that he is also closely linked to the Muslim Brothers (Le Point January 28 22) and that many mosques

in France are financially supported and managed by Turkish organizations. Algeria is not to be outdone, including in the management and ideological support of another part of the mosques in France.

What’s more, its president calls on its nationals not to integrate or, worse still, assimilate… Strangely enough, our government does not react to this interference, nor does it impose any sanctions, and yet the danger is real, and the latest riots do not deny the immense risk of destabilizing our country.

There are, of course, many other forms of interference by allies and enemies alike. Germany, for example, has a strong policy of interference (article) in the economic field. It has played an active part in destroying our industry of excellence, the digital sector, and is doing everything in its power to prevent us from regaining strong leadership in this field, the aim being to prevent France from regaining a strong and indisputable industrial competitive advantage.

However, there is a deeper form of interference, covering every aspect of geopolitics, industry, economics and culture, that we don’t talk about. Why, quite simply because our vassalage to this foreign power is almost complete, and most of our political and cultural tools, which could have been useful to us, have been skilfully sabotaged. As you’ve probably guessed, this foreign power is the United States.

Our relationship with this country, long considered a friend, but above all an ally, goes back a long way, to a time when the United States of America was still in the infancy of its history, and when the three great European powers that dominated the world were England, France and, in third place, Germany. Colonization, as practiced by certain European states, was merely the imperial expression of this desire for power. From the beginning of the 20th century, the United States of America had the ambition to become a world power, supplanting the European powers. Its skilful management of the two world wars enabled it to become the world’s leading military-industrial and geopolitical power. Then, in 1971, by decoupling the dollar from gold and using its currency as a weapon, they completed their global domination by becoming the world’s monetary and financial center. For the record, all the countries and their populations allow the American population to live in economic opulence at the cost of an abysmal debt (France’s pales in comparison), and those who have to repay it at the cost of many sacrifices are the rest of the world’s population…

If the United States does not hesitate to use all possible levers of interference throughout the world, in a more or less visible way, to assert its domination and defend its interests, what is the case for France in particular, and why do I make the strong assumption that we are in a state of advanced vassalization?

My assertion is based on a number of factors, which bring into play several tools of American power:

  • espionage bodies used for economic warfare purposes

  • extra-territorial laws

  • embargoes

  • the tools of influence or “soft power :

  • Cultural submersion through various channels, including cinema

  • Digital technology, the new tool of power

The economic war waged against us by the United States is greatly facilitated by its extra-territorial laws and, above all, by its ability to enforce them. The best illustration of this weapon was demonstrated in two major cases, the Alstom affair (Dossier Alstom – Mediapart 2019) , which resulted in the takeover of the strategic turbines branch by General Electrics, and the Airbus affair, which, thanks to better reactivity on the part of management and public authorities, enabled the worst to be avoided. (Arte – replay). These two cases are the most emblematic of the way in which the US uses its (extraterritorial) laws for the purposes of economic warfare, supported by government agencies such as the FBI and intelligence agencies. If we look at the list of companies condemned by the DOJ (Department of Justice), we see that it includes a majority of European companies, with French companies in pole position for the heaviest fines. Only one or two U.S. companies were affected, and only slightly…

But these are not the only tools the US has at its disposal to gradually establish its political domination over our country, or more precisely over what it considers to be its territory of influence or playground. There are also geopolitical alliances concerning intelligence that establish a separation between Anglo-Saxon countries and the others, such as the Five Eyes (FVEY). Our setbacks in the Australian submarine affair can be partly explained by this alliance, which excludes non-Anglo-Saxon players. Once again, these are levers that hurt us, but this one is almost a tool of the normal power game.

There is a vast array of more insidious tools, commonly referred to as “soft power”. We could mention the use of cinema to promote American values, often rewriting history in the way that suits them best, as in “Master & Commander”, which reverses the roles of the British and French… We also have the case of “Kingdom of Heaven”, which rewrites the history of the Crusades and offers a more than approximate description of the role of the Knights Templar… These are just a few examples, and we could analyze the whole of American cinema as a weapon of massive propaganda. The latest example, “Black Panther – Wakanda Forever”, which finally got our Minister of Defense to react, featured mercenaries who bore a striking resemblance to the French military, and this at a time when France’s influence in Africa is being called into question, and when, apart from the Russians and Chinese, the Americans also have their sights set on the continent and, like the other two, no interest in the local populations.

Another element in the soft power arsenal used by the Americans to attract us and keep us in their fold is the Young Leader program run by the Franco-American Foundation. (Promotion history). The aim of this program is to provide a curriculum for young politicians, civil servants, lawyers, journalists, doctors, etc., who have been identified as promising for creating links, or even complicities, with their American counterparts. Among the emblematic personalities, we have :

  • 2020 Class, Jean-Noël Barrot, current Minister for Digital Technologies and Telecommunications,

  • 2019 Class, Amélie de Montchalin who was also a minister under Macron.

  • 2017 Class, Thomas Pesquet, France’s favorite astronauts,

  • 2012 Class, we have Emmanuel Macron,

  • 2008 Class, Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet,

  • 2005 Class, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Emmanuelle Mignon (former advisor to N. Sarkozy),

  • 2002 Class, Jean-Marc Jancovici et Valérie Pécresse,

  • 1984 Class, Alain Minc,

  • 1983 Class, Christine Okrent.

There are many others, and the question we’re entitled to ask ourselves is: is a politician credible when he talks about sovereignty when he’s been bottle-fed the American way of thinking, and is in contact with American administration officials or key economic players? Are they not under voluntary or involuntary influence? In addition to the inroads being made by American culture, which is gradually replacing our cultural references, where does this leave us? Who is left to make France’s unique voice heard if our elites are under influence?

But it doesn’t stop there! Our Americans invite themselves into our suburbs, selecting young people they consider promising, like Rokhaya Diallo in 2010, selected for the international visitors program. These young people are then imbued with American culture and, above all, the American sociological approach to issues such as systemic racism and wokism. It’s worth remembering, even if our media tend to forget it, that France is not America! Despite our colonial past and its undeniable shady areas, there is no systemic racism in France, as evidenced by the testimonies of black American GIs after the Normandy landings. It’s also worth remembering that many black-American jazz artists have made France their home to escape the systemic racism of their country. It’s worth remembering that there has never been apartheid in France! It’s also worth remembering that long before the Americans, we had high-profile political figures in our governments, such as Blaise Diagne , the first deputy of African origin (in 1914), Gaston Monnerville, George Pau-Langevin , and more recently Rama Yade , Fleur Pellerin , ChristianeTaubira and recently Pap Ndyiaye . These are just a few examples, but they demonstrate that France has never been a country where racism is systemic. Do we have to explain over and over again that there may be racist people, but there is no systemic racism in France!

This illustrates the danger of this American reading grid that is being imposed on us.

The latest tool for massive conditioning and imperialism is digital technology, which from the outset has been seen and thought of as a new territory in which to impose its supremacy. Indeed, the Americans were quick to grasp the formidable tool of power represented by digital technology and, of course, all the underlying technologies such as telecommunications and computing. Their unchallenged mastery of both hardware and software made espionage easier. With the revolution imposed by the arrival of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, they can now impose their consumerist vision of the world, as well as their highly violent culture through music and video clips. The virtual non-existence of any real moderation on these platforms, and the fact that in the Western world at least, borders don’t exist, effectively imposes the American vision and American law.

If it’s not already too late, it’s time to question this particular interference, without forgetting the others. Must we continue to suffer this diktat of vassalization? Will France’s unique voice eventually die out? It’s up to each and every one of us to open our eyes, to get to grips with our own history, and not to accept uncritically the way in which we are being forced to read events! Let’s regain control of our beautiful language, and stop using the anglicisms that impoverish it. The more language is impoverished, the more thought is impoverished, and only violence remains to express what we feel! Don’t you think it’s time to shake off our lethargy?


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