France is a new look on tyranny

Summary

They say that the word ‘dictatorship’ for the French situation is too strong. Of course, if you compare it with the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany, it will seem exaggerated. Still, there are ‘dead’ people too, because of capital, because of capitalism. Everything we eat, we ingest that causes cancer, all the people who kill one other, who are taking antibiotics and antidepressants, they are living dead. The destruction is almost invisible, but it is still there. Tyranny is invisible, but it is there.

Disproof

"Tyranny" or "dictatorship" are used to qualify political systems based on whether they respect or disrespect the civil and fundamental rights of the population (freedom of speech, of assembly etc.) and not the quality of food, antibiotics, or more broadly speaking, social rights. Politically free countries enjoy a high standard of social rights, including France.

This is a recurring disinformation narrative presenting Western countries as dictatorships. According to Freedom House, "the French political system features vibrant democratic processes and affords generally strong protections to civil liberties and political rights. However, due to a number of deadly terrorist attacks in recent years, successive governments have been willing to curtail constitutional protections and empower law enforcement. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment have also increased."

See more disinformation cases on the Western countries as dictatorships.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: France
  • Keywords: Emmanuel Macron
  • Outlet: RT France
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