French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
“Centrist politician Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen over 66%”
What a relief! what a great news to wake up to! a tolerant, open and optimistic France has kicked out the dark values of the extreme wing party.
Had you asked me 6 months ago, I would have never believed this would have been possible. A year ago, I didn’t even know who Macron was. Those elections have been absolutely unpredictable. The conservative party was presumed winner, by all means. Then their supporters voted for Fillon .. and the rest is pathetic history of lies, corruption and arrogance.
It’s a historical moment we are living in France. Never before did we have such a young president. He could be the son of most of the candidates. For some it was a big handicap, as if that valor was depending upon age.
I have been supporting Macron because he cares. For the migrants, for Europe, and because he represents something new, dynamic, audacious. He did not come with the most reassuring promises because he is honest. In our days and age, no one can predict the end of terrorism and that France will live safely ever after. His election proved that we don’t need to transfer the father figure to the president any
more. We need a positive team leader.
Never before did we have a president happily married and lawful to his wife (Mitterrand had a double life, Chirac was not living with Bernadette, Sarkozy’s wife left him a few days after his election, and Holland did not really perform any better with his affair with a French actress ..). I truly believe that happy people work better and are more empathic. Especially in this cruel political field. Ask the Obama ..
My facebook friends purge
The last 2 weeks have been pretty violent in the French social media. The racist and xenophobic propaganda of the FN, the intox, the posts of the desillusioned who were advocating for “no vote”. They totally drove me mad. I do respect the non Macron vote, but I can’t understand why humanist would not vote against Le Pen. Its like pretending to be a resistant yet having diner with nazis. If you denonce fascism you have to vote against it. The menace was real. I wrote in my status that although it is politically correct to be FB friend with people from all opinions, I could not. I can not consider as friend people who are (in) directly supporting Le Pen’s ideas. What a debate it has been, some even prompting me to be a bit more tolerant and yogi minded. They had forgotten that the yogi compassion starts with oneself, may you feel love and compassion towards yourself first. So no toxic relationships for me. I still wish them love. But won’t invite them in my house. Friends to me are people who have my back, who inspire, who make me proud of them. Who are compassionated and loving people.
Don’t get me wrong, I am totally defending the freedom of expression, and I believe that it is absolutely needed. We have to respect and listen to everyone, to understand the frustrations, the hopes. So we can make our society better for all. The FN supporters are not all a bunch of brainless fascists, there are also lots of dishearted there who have used their vote to express their anger.
I do respect them and will fight for their freedom of expression. But I will never count them as my close friends.
Today I am also very grateful for my friends who don’t like Macron yet voted for him to express their total rejection of the Front National. I know how it feels, I did it in previous elections. Thank you, thank you for defending the Republic.
Today we are celebrating hope and audacity. I so wished I were in France to read all the newspapers while sipping a cup of coffee on a terrace!
(last but not least, we are proud to give Trudeau a serious competitor, finally 😉
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