French Presidential Candidate Cheminade's First Official TV Spot Broadcast
April 10, 2012 • 1:00PM

On April 9, France Télévisions showed the first series of official spots produced by the Presidential campaigns. Every day, nine out of the ten candidates will air, with the order drawn by lot (see French Presidential Campaign Enters Final Two Weeks).

Jacques Cheminade's began with a clip from his now-famous video from 1995, showing him forecasting that a dangerous financial crisis would hit, and that he would be remembered as the one who had announced it. Then the camera switches to Cheminade today, saying forcefully:

"The financial and monetary crisis, which I alone announced in the 1995 Presidential election, has happened.

"My forecast does not give me cause for self-conceit, but I do measure the consequences of the blindness of the others.

"That is why I am running again as a candidate, to relaunch employment, purchasing power, and social justice. But in the current system, that is impossible. The money is put elsewhere. We are bailing out, to the tune of billions, those who have destroyed the economy and imposed social breakdown. Labor has become merchandise.

"Therefore, we have to change systems. To do so, we first have to prevent the financial predators from doing more harm, by dividing the banks in two in order to protect deposits, credit, and savings, and putting into bankruptcy the banks that are speculating, if they are unable to pay their gambling debts. Then, we will be able to create a system of public credit, with a national bank, to finance great projects which create skilled jobs in France, in Europe, and in the world.

"We must give back this hope to our youth. Let us fight for it! Anything else amounts to chatting on the deck of the Titanic as it heads straight for the iceberg."