Obama Speaks With Marine Le Pen’s Leading Opponent Days Ahead Of First French Presidential Election Round

ABC News reports:

Former President Barack Obama spoke to French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, but “an endorsement was not the purpose of the call,” Obama’s spokesman said in a statement.

However, “President Obama remains deeply committed” to France “as a close ally of the United States, and as a leader on behalf of liberal values in Europe and around the world,” Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said.

The French will go to the polls on Sunday for a first-round vote that could be as consequential as the U.K.’s “Brexit” vote and the election of President Donald Trump. Lewis said that Obama would not be “making any formal endorsement” ahead of the vote.

A spokesperson for Macron confirmed the call, saying, “Obama talked about his strong links with France and the importance of the ties between the two countries.” “They also discussed about the future of Europe and the progressive values that they both share,” Macron’s spokesperson said.

  • FAEN

    Let’s hope the Nazi loses.

    • Gustav2

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    • Blake Jordan

      I have no faith in the majority of straight, white people to do the right thing…

      • A brit

        Paradoxically the FN is very popular with French gay people.
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39641822/why-gay-french-men-are-voting-far-right

        And most popular amongst the under 30s, least popular with over 65s.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Foreign observers tend to super-impose what’s going in their own countries with what’s going on in France and overextend themselves with the parallels that aren’t really there. New York magazine just did a long article on the urban/rural political divide in America and Britain and its role in electing Trump/Brexit, and then stated that the French farmers and rural areas are supporting Le Pen, which is blatantly false. The FN does very poorly in the agricultural/rural areas of France. Where there is a parallel is in what could be called France’s “Rust Belt”, the former industrial towns that have been hemorrhaging factory jobs to China, India and Eastern Europe for decades now. Those rusting former factory towns are where the FN is the strongest.

          Another area that’s different is with LGBT support. The vast majority of gays in the UK voted against Brexit, and Trump got a record low gay support, despite the homocons’ efforts. But gays in France are apparently quite supportive of Le Pen because their biggest day-to-day problem is with the large muslim minority in France which is, on average, very misogynist and homophobic.

          • Paul

            Trump got the *MOST* record low gay support in US history, at least since gays were accounted for in exit polling.

            Even a dickwad like Mitt Romney did better with gay Americans.

        • Blake Jordan

          While anything above 0% is pathetic, I would not call ~20% very popular…

          Ps. Has anyone ever claimed you don’t get racist and sexist faggots, that put their own rights/lives at risk hoping that muslims, etcetera will be the main focus of hate… and they will be left alone if they join in the hatred of other minorities…

          • David Walker

            Sounds familiar. Lincoln Logs or something.

        • ChrisMorley

          ‘Of the 3,200 gay French men the dating app Hornet spoke to, one in five said they would be giving Marine Le Pen their vote.’
          From that same BBC article. So 20% support her. 80% do not.

          “The FN supporters you spoke to, were they white?” house DJ Kiddy Smiles asks us, “Yes? I’m not surprised.”

          As with Brexit and tRump, racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia are also found among white LGBT people supporting Le Pen in France.

          • Paul

            At least she’ll do better than Trump with that demographic.

    • TampaZeke

      It’s ironic that the Russians are trying to get the Nazis elected. The world has truly gone mad!

      • FAEN

        Jeebus I hadn’t even thought of that. Hopefully this madness is temporary.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Yeah. That hasn’t been happening enough lately.

      • FAEN

        I have to believe the pendulum will swing back towards sanity. But I hear ya.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Does M. Macron speak with all long vowels?

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Yes but, Nazis consider it code because they don’t understand words.

  • Lazycrockett

    Deep State Deep State Deep State

  • Tawreos

    It is nice to have a reminder of a time when a president would talk to one of our allies without annoying them.

  • ByronK

    Did Macron speak to him in American?

    • McSwagg

      Apparently it’s now “Americanese”

  • Blake Jordan

    The world is headed to right wing hell, and there is no reason to believe France won’t follow the same path as the U.K. and the USA…

    It is so fucking depressing how Putin is winning, and not even with a particularly clever method… instead relying on enough people being hateful, stupid and/or apathetic…

    • pj

      or greedy

    • TheManicMechanic

      You can always count on there being stupid people.

      • David Walker

        as reliably as counting on greedy people. (cf, 45 and the current cabinet).

    • ChrisMorley

      One reason why there is some hope, is that there will be a run-off election between the top two candidates, on May 7.
      Neither British, nor US electors had that second chance to reject right wing hell. In the last French Presidential election, Le Pen was trounched in the run off election.
      The bad news is that the top four candidates all have about 20% of the vote: centrist Emmanuel Macron, scandal-plagued conservative François Fillon, far-left Eurosceptic Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and the far-right Le Pen.
      The candidates are all polling within the margin of error of victory with unpredictable turnout, meaning no outcome can be confidently predicted.
      Of the four, only Mr Macron and Mr Mélenchon have voiced strong support for equal rights.

      However, the split field could mean that LGBT voters end up with an unsavourty choice in the run-off between Le Pen, who has pledged to end same-sex marriage in France, and Fillon, who has vowed to outlaw adoption by gay couples.
      Le Pen is tipped to squeak through the first-round vote, but could end up facing any one of the three other politicians in the run-off.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/18/anti-gay-marriage-marine-le-pen-could-scrape-to-victory-in-unpredictable-four-way-french-election/

  • Sam_Handwich

    Don the Con is doing a press conference with the Italian PM soon

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Gentiloni is center-left. I’m sure he’ll be polite and diplomatic and dignified (remember when America had leaders like that?), but I doubt there’s any love there for Trump.

    • MikeBx2

      Great. As if those pics of Trump with Nugent, Palin and Kid Rock haven’t been humiliating enough today, now he’s going to speak in public.

    • PickyPecker
      • safari

        What do you expect her to eat if she’s contractually obligated by her prenup to not eat carbs?

        • edrex

          diamonds are pure carbs.

          • safari

            they are missing the -hydrate part.

          • edrex

            a fine point.

          • David Walker

            Yes, but they have carats.

  • The_Wretched

    With any luck, Trump’s buffoonery is tarnishing LePen.

    • safari

      His buffoonery is a feature. Except that time he lost his “armada”.

      • David Walker

        Well, but who hasn’t lost an armada now and then?

        • JCF

          An armada and a leg.

  • ByronK

    O/T Wow, the Keebler elf from hell strikes again. Unbelieveable.
    “Attorney General Jeff Sessions, chief lawyer of the United States government, continued the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on the judicial branch, insisting he’s “amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific” has the Constitutional authority to block Donald Trump’s travel ban.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/ag-sessions-9th-circuit-judge-on-island-in-the-pacific-shouldnt-be-able-to-overrule-trump-orders/?comments=disqus

    • The_Wretched

      Hawaii is a State of the United States. Basic law 101. It’s not like Sessions would be expected to know the law for his currrent job. Wait, DOJ, really? ugh.

      • Uncle Mark

        Conversely, I’m surprised that someone from an ass-backward state that was at one point was a traitor to the Union was able to queef up a DOJ that the rest of the country is required to acknowledge; whereas Hawaii is a successful & progressive state that was once loyally on our front lines during WWII (and it wasn’t even a state yet.)

      • Paul

        They don’t care ’bout no fancy book learnin’ down in Alabam-y.

    • Natty Enquirer

      It’s just posturing. Attorneys do it all the time.

      • ByronK

        It’s idiocy.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Interesting perhaps for JMG readers: Macron (who is married to a woman) is being gay-baited in these last few days of the campaign.

    The guy who did this video (“Emmanuel Macron – Is he gay?”), Stéphane Edouard, is a sociologist who describes himself as a “Seduction Coach,” has been denounced by Frenchwomen as a gross sexist and posts videos with titles like “I like bimbos – Is it serious?” and “How to train a woman.”

    No English subtitles, but for those who can speak French:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zICY7J_QPNs

    • ChrisMorley

      Pink News: It’s Russian election meddling and propaganda.

      Russian government-controlled outlets previously published homophobic smears aimed at Macron, who is often touted as a ‘unity’ centrist candidate, reporting a “persistent rumour that [Macron] is secretly gay and living a ‘double life’”, and also accusing him of being in the pocket of a “very wealthy gay lobby”.
      The politician, who has been married to his former school teacher Brigitte Trogneux since 2007, attacked the smears in his Têtu interview.
      He said: “Two things are vile behind the implication: to say that it is not possible for a man living with an older woman to be anything other than a homosexual or a hidden gigolo is misogynistic. And it’s also homophobia. If I had been a homosexual, I would say it and I would live it.”
      Of the four leading candidates, only Mr Macron and Mr Mélenchon have voiced strong support for equal rights.
      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/18/anti-gay-marriage-marine-le-pen-could-scrape-to-victory-in-unpredictable-four-way-french-election/

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        That would have been one of my first guesses.

  • edrex

    do the French remember the fun they had the last time Nazi’s ruled their country?

    • David Walker

      No. The majority of them have died off. Life goes on, but in the post-truth world, facts don’t count for much.

  • Mike

    I heard the newsclown on MSNBC, Kristin Welker, talking about the “extreme right wing” Marine LePen and her opponent, the “extreme left wing” Macron. After all, what would cable news be without a bs false equivalency with a twist of “it’s the same on BOTH sides.” Things I’ve read about Macron make him out to be a fairly reasonable, mainstream progressive.

    Cable news is excrement. MSNBC is especially repellent since it instituted its policy of calling the vile orange pig Trump “President Trump” on every reference, even saying it several times in the same sentence. Obama was lucky to get one “president” per night. Deplorable.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      There is a far left candidate running who is doing surprisingly well in the polls, Jean-Luc Melenchon. But Macron is not far left. There are actually several ‘far left’ candidates running, but only Melenchon has a chance of making it to the next round.

  • Acronym Jim

    Oooooo, Macron has a certain je ne sais quoi, n’est-ce pas?

  • Hue-Man

    Kalashnikov used to fire on police officers – one dead – on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Reports gunman shot dead.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/20/paris-police-close-part-city-centre-amid-reports-officers-shot/

    • William

      Reports a few minutes ago said the second officer has died.

    • joe ho

      russia probably backing these terrorist killings to try to sway the election.

  • joe ho
  • Barry William Teske

    In following the political turmoil of the EU, France, and should I stay or should I go lits, I happened upon this persons ideas:

    “Mélenchon outlines the three major facets of this revolution: a fundamental change in property relations in favour of common ownership, the overturn of the legal order in favour of the people and the environment, and finally, re-establishing the institutional order in favour of real democracy and decentralisation.”

    http://portside.org/2014-12-30/jean-luc-mélenchon’s-era-people

  • Jeffrey

    Don’t fuck this up, France

    • David Walker

      Please do what we say, not what we do.

  • David Walker

    Speaking of President Obama, if you look closely at the rear window of the limousine, you can see him. Otherwise, Keith compares 45 to a stalker.
    Edit: I hadn’t seen the graphic before I posted this. His GQ graphic artist is always very good at promoting the topic, but this is one of the best.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umIUrYlKDPY

  • Gianni

    Obama making a call to the French candidate will singe the hairs on Trump’s ass. He bristles when he hears the name Obama.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Not re tipping, and Yes, but it may also motivate the other side’s turnout.

  • SnowFlake

    Damn he kinda hot

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Not re tipping, but: Ooops!

    That was not a good idea.

    Sorry.

  • Robert Anthony
  • justmeeeee

    So goddamned fuckable!

  • JCF

    Hopefully he’s sharing what he learned from the disastrous 2016 campaign (so Macron doesn’t make the same mistakes—or rather, better COUNTERS the particular fascist that HE is running against!)

    We really need a WORLDWIDE PRO-DEMOCRACY/ANTI-FASCIST ALLIANCE!