The new chairman of the French Socialist Party is a former Trotskyist of Greek origin, Jean-Christophe Cambadélis. In 2012, he had hopes of attaining the honor, but was by-passed in favor of SOS-Racism president Harlem Désir, who is now secretary of State on European Affairs.
Cambadélis has a long history of associations with the far left and the Communist Party. From his early twenties, under the pseudonym "Kostas", he was deeply involved in student movements alongside other notable leftists such as Benjamin Stora and Julien Dray (founder of SOS-Racism). As president of the UNEF-ID (Union of French Students - Independent and Democratic) he spoke at place de la Bastille on the evening of May 10, 1981 when François Mitterrand was elected to the presidency, and about the same time he began his long and virulent fight against the Front National.
Cambadélis and his allies decided to leave the Communist/Trotskyist groups and join the Socialist Party, hoping to strengthen the party's ties to student movements. In 1988 Cambadélis was elected Socialist deputy from the 19th arrondissement of Paris but lost the position in the election five years later in 1993, despite his close ties with Lionel Jospin.
He became spokesman for Lionel Jospin's presidential campaign 2002. When Jospin lost to Jean-Marie Le Pen in the first round, the stinging defeat raised the issue of who would replace Jospin as party leader and potential candidate. Cambadélis felt the replacement most likely to lead the country into "social democracy" was Dominique Strauss-Kahn whose principal "lieutenant" he became, launching an initiative called Reconstructeurs, and supporting Martine Aubry's bid to become chairman of the Socialist Party.
Note: We know what eventually happened. In 2011, DSK was arrested in New York and his potential as a candidate came to a brutal end. Aubry, too closely associated with DSK, was replaced in 2012 by Harlem Désir as chairman of the party. Cambadélis was for a while disabled by the turn of events, but cunning tactician that he is, he stayed the course.
A reminder that Martine Aubry also has a long history of far-left affiliations, and as mayor of Lille has demonstrated great indulgence toward the Algerian population and the mafia-style networks of prostitution in which DSK participated.
His opposition to the Front National began, as indicated above, in the 1980's when he reproached his Communist allies for not recognizing the dangers of the FN, stressing the need to democratize the Communist Party which was then following Stalinist methods of administration. In 1990, having joined the Socialists, he launched a movement called the Manifest against the Front National that examined carefully the principles of the Front National to better combat them. Cambadélis developed the strategy of "democratic harassment": the entire gamut of left-wing parties was to mobilize whenever the FN held any kind of meeting or event. The culmination was the demonstration of March 29, 1997 in Strasbourg directed against the FN's convention. If these attacks disrupted in any way the functioning of the FN, they did not prevent Jean-Marie Le Pen from winning the first round of the 2002 presidential election.
Cambadélis has been deputy in the National Assembly representing the 19th arrondissement of Paris since 2002.
Like many Socialists with roots deep in Stalinism, Trotskyism and revolutionary student movements, Jean-Christophe Cambadélis has a substantial police record, though he has not served time:
In 2000 he was sentenced in criminal court to a five-month suspended sentence and a fine of 15,244 euros for receiving a salary of 67,382 euros from a fictitious position in an agency called Agos that manages housing for immigrant workers.
In 2006 he was sentenced to a six-month suspended sentence and a fine of 20,000 euros for receiving salaries of 620,500 francs; 420,499 francs; and 200,000 francs. These sums were paid to him for his services as a "sociologist", as an administrator "in charge of embassies and universities" and as a permanent member of the MNEF council, a student organization.
No wonder he got along with Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Julien Dray, Benjamin Stora, et al.!
The French Socialist Party cannot be considered a political party of France with goals that are in the interest of the country, whether or not one agrees with them. It is not representative of the historic French people. It is rather a renegade coalition of cynical gangsters who have succeeded admirably in duping the people with promises of freebies and goodies. That the people have allowed such men to rule them is the real question the French must ponder and answer.
On April 15, 2014 Cambadélis got his wish - he was elected First Secretary of the Socialist Party, with 67% of the votes of the national party council. He will only hold the position until the autumn of 2015, when the party holds its convention.
The above information in brown print is an extreme condensation, not a translation, of the Wikipedia page (in French, replete with links) devoted to Cambadélis.
I know nothing of his private life, but there is a slide show with photos of his second marriage at Pure People. He is holding an unidentified child in one shot.
You may want to review the events of May 1968 in France at Wikipedia (English). Cambadélis, born in 1951, is clearly a child of 1968, his allies such as Benjamin Stora all being active participants in the Revolution that brought down Charles De Gaulle and set France on a path of national disintegration, as massive non-European immigration, multiculturalism, and Europeanism all conspired to destroy utterly both the monarchical foundations and the Western Christian traditions of the country. The youth of 1968 became the executioners of Western tradition. Their cultural DNA is completely different from that of their predecessors, including those who believed in the Republic. Their arrogance, amorality, atheism and anti-white hatred have debilitated our civilization probably beyond the point of repair. And yet they did not send people to concentration camps - they turned France herself into a concentration camp for honest patriots, white ethnic Frenchmen and dissidents who question the untouchable doctrines of leveling, dissolution of traditional relationships and elimination of borders.
Labels: Crisis of survival, DSK, Front National, Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, Martine Aubry, May 68, Socialism