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“Ni Le Pen, ni Macron”

Part of my Listening under global Trumpism project, a podcast for Sounding Out! on Parisian soundscapes of resistance

What does the opposition to global Trumpism sound like? Or the opposition to neoliberalism? With extreme centrist Emmanuel Macron the frontrunner and eventual winner of the French presidential elections, there were calls from the Left to take the struggle to the streets, rejecting both the fascism of the Front National and the continuation of the neoliberal status quo. This podcast puts the listener into the midst of the many demonstrations in Paris and its suburbs during the presidential election campaign. By listening in on these recordings (made over the course of three months of fieldwork) we hear a determination to fight for a genuine alternative to state repression alongside the difficulties in uniting a divided left. These recordings also provide a testament to the horror of police violence and an opportunity to reflect on the value and limitations of black-bloc tactics.

1er mai (Paris, 2017). Photo by Naomi Waltham-Smith.

1er mai (Paris, 2017). Photo by Naomi Waltham-Smith.