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Bannon denounces Macron as a ‘puppet’ for the ‘Davos party’

Donald Trump's former advisor has praised the Yellow Vests and lashed out at the French head of state, calling him "a puppet" in service of the "Davos party".

Published: February 6, 2019, 10:37 am

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    Steve Bannon is continuing his crusade against the establishment, which started when he accompanied Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States.

    After a tour of the Old Continent in 2018 to visit European leaders, the former boss of Breitbart News, the medium of the American alt-right, is expected to return to Europe in three to four weeks, with the firm intention of leading anti-immigration forces to power. This has been the stated goal of The Movement Foundation.

    In an interview with the newspaper L’Express, the American praised the Yellow Vests highly.

    Bannon said he was “not at all” surprised at the size of the challenge facing President Macron. “What is happening has been written in advance,” he says, denouncing the “nebulous, and without real popular support”, ruling party, LREM.

    President Macron’s rhetoric on global warming, is “a scam” according to him. He explained that the Paris agreement on climate “consists of taxing the French,” among other things, “for the pollution produced by China”.

    Bannon said the policy of the “party of Davos, of which Macron is the ambassador,” would mean “de-industrialising the Western world”.

    The former officer of the US Navy sees the mobilization of “Yellow Vests as a legitimate movement, despite the violence and acts of vandalism committed by some demonstrators.

    They “may not have done [prestigious schools] Sciences Po or ENA”, but “they are rational human beings […] smart enough to understand that they are being fooled,” he says, adding that “The beauty of their action is that it brings together people from the right and from the left”.

    Bannon added: “In the land of the French Revolution, the movement of Yellow Vests leads the mother of all battles. They are an inspiration to the whole world,.”

    Finally, Bannon offers a few words about Emmanuel Macron: “He did not even have the guts to address the French in the eyes, live,” he noted. He called the big national debate a “coerced and forced” initiative.

    When asked why he feels such great animosity towards the French president, Bannon says: “He’s a puppet. He floats above ground. Under his attire, there is nothing. I know this kind of profile well […] These guys see things from a distance, in an abstract way. For them, nothing is ever concrete or real.

    “In their eyes, a social plan with 5 000 job cuts, is a PowerPoint presentation for [consulting firm] McKinsey. Nothing else. They do not understand how people live, do not know what a difficult end of the month looks like. “

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