Francois Hollande — The World’s Most Powerful Person This Week

Eric Zuesse

French President Francois Hollande this week possesses more power than anyone else in the world, because he will be the key decision-maker shaping the future world-order when he meets separately on Tuesday and Thursday privately with the two men — American President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin — who stand on opposite sides in the great decades-long subterranean war that the U.S. aristocracy have been waging to win control over Russia and its vast natural resources such as oil, gas, timber, and crucial rare-earth minerals. The deal that Hollande will make for France is going to be crucial for the future of the entire world.

Russia is by far the world’s most resource-rich nation, which might naturally be expected to be the case since Russia is also by far the world’s largest nation in terms of its sheer physical expanse. The world’s second-most resource-rich nation, the United States, is, of course, already controlled by America’s aristocracy; but those people want their heirs to dominate Russia as well. This explains the ongoing U.S.-Russia war, even after the end of communism, the war that was begun by U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush in 1990 just as the Soviet Union and its military alliance the Warsaw Pact were ending, and the United States and its military alliance NATO continued and has since expanded right up to Russia’s very borders — the equivalent of Russia’s Warsaw Pact having absorbed Mexico or Canada and placed nuclear missiles right on America’s own border. 

Bush double-crossed the final Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev then, and started the post-communist U.S. war against Russia, which is now soaring toward its climax, perhaps even to World War III, under U.S. President Barack Obama’s leadership. Obama has been overthrowing Russia-allied world leaders, such as Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, and Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych, and has been struggling to overthrow Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad, but Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has now drawn the line against that, as a consequence of which the nations of Europe will now need to choose which of those two sides to ally themselves with.

Hollande’s decision, which will be made this week or else soon thereafter, following his meeting on Tuesday with Obama, and his meeting on Thursday with Putin, will determine whether France will remain in alliance with the U.S., as has been the case ever since 1776, or instead switch now to ally itself with Russia, which would transform international relations and might even cause the European Union to break up.

Thus far in Hollande’s Presidency, he has been reversing his predecessor’s (the Gaullist French President Nikolas Sarkozy’s) moves toward independence from America, and he has even gone along with President Obama’s demand for France not to send to Russia the Mistral aircraft carrier ships that it had just built for Russia and to refund Russia’s advance-payments for them.

The millions of refugees from Islamic countries, especially from Syria and Libya, who are flooding into the European Union as a result of the U.S alliance’s invasions of Syria and support for Islamic jihadists who are trying to overthrow the secular non-sectarian government of Bashar al-Assad there, have created an unprecented crisis throughout the European Union, and President Hollande will be making the most important decision in all of Europe, regarding whether to remain with the U.S. overthrow-Assad alliance, or instead switch to become an ally of Russia and go aggressively against the jihadists, to destroy them and rebuild the Syrian infrastructure that the U.S. and its allies have bombed and otherwise eliminated. This ambitious program of post-jihadist Syrian reconstruction, put forward by Putin, needs European partners, and would be the only way possible to enable the millions of refugees from Syria to be restored back to their homeland and continue their lives in peace. 

If Hollande decides to continue France’s alliance with the U.S. and their participation in America’s anti-Russia military club NATO, then the EU still might break up, but the likelihood of continued expansion of the U.S.-Russian war and of its surging millions of refugees could then force some other EU member nations to leave the EU; and, so, other EU leaders will then come to the fore, as being the key decision-makers in this ongoing crisis.

If, however, Hollande decides to abandon the U.S. and choose Russia, that will constitute the beginning of a new era after the end of World War II: the post-post-post-WW-II era.

The post-WW-II era ended when the Soviet Union did.

The post-post-WW-II era began when George Herbert Walker Bush double-crossed Mikhail Gorbachev, and it is rising now toward its climax — whatever that will turn out to be.

The post-post-WW-II era, if it ever arrives, will be the end of global dominance by the U.S. aristocracy. This ‘Pax Americana’ has turned out to be instead an ever-escalating worldwide war of American global conquest, America the fascist international superpower, but merely changing Hitler’s “Deutschland über alles” into Obama’s “America the one indispensable nation.”

Perhaps Hollande will decide that his country isn’t “dispensable,” after all. 


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • wunsacon

    I await Bernie’s abandonment of support for policies in Syria that’ve brought us to this precipice, after already pushing millions over it.

    • mulga mumblebrain

      You’ll be waiting a loooooong time.

      • wunsacon

        You might be right. Is there a shorter wait for our friend Eric to abandon his support for Bernie?

  • Joze

    War against Russia lasts from at least 1917 and has never stopped. Just the reasons rearrange.

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  • PHC

    “Thus far in Hollande’s Presidency, he has been reversing his predecessor’s (the Gaullist French President Nikolas Sarkozy’s) moves toward independence from America”. Sarkozy a Gaullist? Wow. The first thing he did when he became president was to put France under NATO commandment. And after that he did the war in Libya with the US. Sarkozy, a Gaullist? I do not understand. Sarkozy is a pure US stooge!

    • cettel says that the Party Sarkozy headed, the UMP, was and is “Gaullist.” More recently, Sarkozy’s Gaullism was exhibited by his saying that Putin’s policies are “more positive than negative,” and by his saying that, “The conservative party leader, who is competing to win the center-right’s nomination to run for president in 2017, also said he was ‘passionate’ about Russia, which he believed should play a central role in resolving the Syrian crisis.”

      He’s a “Gaullist.” He is also helping to push Hollande away from the U.S. toward Russia. If Hollande, on or after his Thursday meeting with Putin, decides to align France with Russia against the U.S., it might be a move to short-circuit Sarkozy’s bid for a return to power. This would be a very Gaullist thing to do. It could even turn out to be the most Gaullist thing that France has done. But if Hollande instead stands against that, then perhaps Sarkozy will be running for the Presidency on a platform of doing it.

      • wunsacon

        >> says that the Party Sarkozy headed, the UMP, was and is “Gaullist.” More recently, Sarkozy’s Gaullism was exhibited by his saying that
        Putin’s policies are “more positive than negative,” and by his saying

        To paraphrase: “…says…saying…saying…”

        Eric, why would you emphasize listening to what people “say” instead of looking at what they do?

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    Think critically…

    Russian SU-24 shot down by TuAF F-16
    – Was the Russian Sukhoi SU-24M equipped with integral chaff/flare dispensers that would help the aircraft to dodge air interdiction missiles?
    – Was the Russian SU-24M escorted by air superiority fighters such as the SU-27 or SU-30, that would help the fighter bomber to fulfill its mission and get the needed protection against potential interceptors coming from Turkey?

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    Page 92

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  • mulga mumblebrain

    Hollande does what his controllers, the CRIF, tell him, and there is NO chance that they will allow any rapprochement with Russia. Despite having looted the USSR under Yeltsin, these chaps, whose tribe controls the USA, UK, Canada etc, as well, want it all. God says they deserve it.

  • 5 dancing shlomos

    sarkozy is a jew zionist