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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
by Stephen Lendman
A state of emergency exists, declared by outgoing President Hollande in November 2015 after the Paris Charlie Hebdo/kosher market false flag attacks.
At the time, Hollande called what happened "an act of war," suspending constitutional rule, followed by lawmakers enacting France's version of America's Patriot Act.
He and parliamentarians exploited the incidents to crack down hard on civil liberties, human rights, and other democratic principles.
Fear-mongering propaganda persists, convincing people to believe sacrificing fundamental freedoms protects their security.
On election day, France resembles an armed camp, following the violent Champs Elysees incident by an alleged ISIS sympathizer, creating unwarranted hysteria.
Over 50,000 soldiers and police are deployed at polling stations and elsewhere in Paris and other cities.
The election is too close to call – four leading candidat
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