Will France Even Make it to 2010?

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I was stunned by Melanie Phillips’ piece entitled “A marriage made in hell.”

One might think that the hard French right-wing would be hostile towards the Islamic threat within their midst. What in heaven's name might white racists have in common with radical Islamists? Well, it appears that some of us have been quite naive. Phillips quotes Michael Gurfinkiel:

“The National Front is surprisingly popular among Muslim immigrants or second-generation Muslim citizens. For all its campaigning about immigration, Mr. Le Pen's party has always extended support to Arab and Islamic causes abroad, from Saddam's Iraq to Arafat's or Hamas Palestine, and from Al Qaeda to Iran. And it is as firmly anti-American and anti-Jewish as the Muslim community itself tends to be.”

“Neofascists think Jews and Americans are the chief enemy, rather than Arabs and Muslims. In a way, they even tend to celebrate Arabs and Muslims as fellow fascists. As for Christian right-wingers, they see Arabs and Muslims as the chief enemy. For years, Mr. Le Pen has been pretending he is a Christian right-winger rather than a neofascist and that resistance to Muslim immigration is his major concern. Now he has emerged on the side of the neofascist branch and is ready to drop the anti-Muslim issue.”

I cannot see how France can survive. Does this once great nation even have five years left? One can only hope that Michael Gurfinkiel is exaggerating. If not, the situation is worse than even I suspected. It turns out that I may have been too optimistic!


truepeers said...

When this article first came out, Dag sent it to our blue scarf correspondent in France, Sebastien, and here is his emailed response:

Hi Dag

First a very quick reply. I came across this Le Pen article the other day and was also intrigued by it. However reading it, I cannot see anything in there that warrants the scary headline.

Now my views. Le Pen is a clown. Everytime he gets close to power, he shoots himself in the foot, seemingly deliberately. I know militant jews here, who would not hesitate however in voting for him.

I personally hope that he can auto destruct within the next year to allow all his potential voters to move to the MFP. Philippe de Villier's party says all the right things about Islam and Israel. No jihadwatcher need worry about this party. Claude Reichman and Philippe de Villiers are very close.

If you have the time to read the posts and comments on www.france-echos.com you will read the horror and anger everybody feels about the death of the Ilan, tortured to death by muslim barbarians. Only support for our jewish friends here.

That out of the way. I will forward the Le Pen article to the different french blogs to see their take on this.

The next Bleu Scarf event is planned nationwide on the 11th of march. Also a large demonstration of support for Denmark is expected on the 24th of February.

Sebastien followed this up with a report of that meeting.

As I see it, the Cartoon Apocalypse may well prove to have been a major turning point in European history. I see many small signs of Europeans starting to fight back against the implicit alliance of the PC elites-left, the antisemitic right, and the Islamists. History is not linear, David. The pendulum may be swinging back towards a rediscovery of the basis for the western tradition that allows the freedom Europeans are slowly remembering they need to defend.

Luther McLeod said...

TP, I so hope you are correct.

David Thomson said...

“TP, I so hope you are correct.”

Agreed. Unfortunately, the demographics are the number one reason to despair. The numbers don’t lie. There are just too many unassimilated Islamic males. The indigenous French must be united to even have a slight chance. Let’s get something straight: the odds are against them! The Muslim thugs have the upper hand.

The French must be ruthless. Long prison sentences have to be given out. Shoot to kill orders must become the norm. France may even have to impose martial law. Is it really ready to go that far? I doubt it.

truepeers said...

The French also need to let in a lot more CHinese, hispanic, and Indian (not Muslim) immigrants to mix things up as they are in North America, while closing the door to the unemployables. And as you say, they have to have zero tolerance for Islamist violence. They have to reign in the welfare state, change their culture to encourage entrepreneurialism, and be more than happy to send the terminally unemployed and resentful packing. Yes, it's a tall order, but far from impossible. I think it's fairly likely they will pursue it; after all, who wants to live in Dhimmitude in this day and age? Once they get it into their heads that the easy life of the rich welfare society is over, and that there is no intellectual future in leftist romanticism, they will have to make the choice, Eurabia or a renewed spirit of freedom and responsibility. Many may choose Eurabia, but the more competent will pick the latter.

terrye said...


I think we overestimate crazy people like Le Pen and underestimate that sensxe of self preservation that has kept Europe hanging around for centuries.

Time will tell.