Francois Bayrou has announced that he will not endorse any of the two candidates of the French presidential elections, has severely citicized Nicolas Sarkozy’s policies of intimidation, concentration of power and undermining democracy in France, as well as Royal’s unrealistic and unsustainable social programs, while praising her better intentions.
He announced the creation of a new party under his leadership, the Democratic Party of France. This party will
“defend the idea that it is the responsability of France and Europe to concentrate their efforts on the fight against global warming, the defense of biodiversity and the development of the Third World, particularly Africa. This new party will defend democracy as its value and its ideal, as values are the things that give meaning to the life of humans and the societies they form.
Francois Bayrou also accepted a televised debate with the Socialist candidate, Segolene Royal, one that she had demanded.
Amidst the horrors of fascism that is coming back to haunt societies from North America (Bush, Perle, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Fukuyama, Huntington, etc. in the USA, Harper and Ignatieff in Canada) to Europe (Blair and Cameron in the UK, Sarkozy and Le Pen in France, Merkel in Germany) to the Middle East (Ahmadinejad in Iran, Hamas in Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebenon, Musharraf in Pakistan, Olmert in Israel and the untouchable Saudis and Al Qaeda in Arabia), men like Bayrou remind us that there are still forces standing for liberty and against this emerging fascism and trying to push it back.
Watch Bayrou’s announcement.