“YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW”
This last year a major movement has been brought to light. The working class has had enough of the politics and wants action. President Trump is a shining example of the people being sick and tired of being abused and mistreated. He fights for the people. Brexit showed that this movement was not limited to our country but across the pond as well.
France is now jumping aboard this movement. Le Pen is the wildcard for the people and is gaining serious traction…especially among the working class. Steel workers are now jumping aboard after being mistreated by politicians in the past. Scroll down for more.
AP reports :
HAYANGE, France (AP) — Two things now grow around the rusting carcasses of the last blast furnaces in this French steel town: weeds, and votes for populist Marine Le Pen.
For months, labor leader Walter Broccoli fought to keep the fires burning, fearing that failure could drive enraged workers toward Le Pen and her virulently nationalistic politics. He never imagined his own son would become part of the stampede.
He says they’ve not spoken in the three years since he discovered to his horror that David Broccoli registered as a candidate in municipal elections for Le Pen’s anti-European Union, anti-immigration National Front.
“I said to myself, ‘Impossible! What’s happened to him?’ I called him up. We argued. He told me, ‘That’s the way it is’ and hung up on me,” Walter Broccoli says. “I’ve had nightmares where I saw him dressed in an SS uniform, all in black, with a cap. I took it very hard.”
Yet the National Front is now an inescapable part of the landscape in France’s industrial eastern rustbelt. Le Pen is projected to win millions of votes Sunday in the first round of France’s two-stage presidential election, likely catapulting her to within one step of an electoral earthquake that would shake France and the EU to its core.
For some disgruntled working-class voters, a ballot for the anti-establishment Le Pen is a yell of protest – their nuclear option against the political mainstream.
Steel worker Pascal Grimmer says she’ll get his vote because he’s “angry with politicians, filled with rage,” and “she is the candidate who most scares the others.”
He hopes an electro-shock-high score for Le Pen will jolt mainstream politicians “to ask themselves, ‘What do people want?’”
“You reap what you sow,” he says. “Our politicians have treated the French people like idiots.”
Last time, Grimmer voted Francois Hollande, the Socialist whose presidency, now in its final weeks, lasted just one term.
Grimmer was impressed when Hollande came stumping during the 2012 campaign for working-class votes at the ArcelorMittal steel plant where he works. Labor leaders were in the thick of their battle to save Hayange’s furnaces. Hollande clambered onto the roof of a van with union leaders, took a microphone and promised a law to help save plants facing closure.
“I said to myself, ‘Oh, I like this guy.’ Naively, I believed him,” Grimmer recalls.
Workers felt betrayed when the furnaces were extinguished in 2013. Hollande’s Socialist government struck a deal with steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal that secured jobs elsewhere or retirement for the furnace workers. ArcelorMittal also promised to invest 180 million euros ($190 million at today’s rates) in other sectors of the steel works that still produce high-grade metals for automakers and other clients.”
We hope Le Pen gets voted in!