In France, the Far Right Rises and Rises
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  • Andrew Allison

    “harsh austerity imposed by Brussels”? Did you miss the EU report slamming France for failure to take the necessary measures?

  • Corlyss

    About da*ned time.

  • lukelea

    Massive third-world immigration, multi-culturalism, the mindless celebration of diversity — these are fast becoming political issues all over Europe and the British Isles, and will soon be coming to the United States no doubt. Enough happy talk. Time to get real and deal with the issues. Personally I favor an across the board moratorium on all immigration until we can assimilate and integrate the 40-to- 50 million foreign born we already have. It will take generations, two at least, maybe three, if the 1920’s are any guide. E Pluribus Unum

    • Pete

      Forget assimilation.
      What’s needed is an aggressive deportation policy both here and in Europe.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Sadly, the French have an aggressive assimilation policy, but they undercut it with their multicultural obsession. Muslims don’t assimilate, not unless you force them to, and the EUnicks don’t have the stomach to do that. Sadly, we are rapidly losing our will to do so as well.
      I am fine with a generous immigration policy (as Fred Thompson once said, “High fences, but broad gates”), but I have no tolerance at all for this multicultural nonsense…it makes assimilation impossible…

      • free_agent

        You write, “Muslims don’t assimilate, not unless you force them to”. And yet, Muslims in the US assimilate much better than those in Europe.

        Of course, most Muslim immigrants are first- or second-generation, and the first and second generations of any demographic are rarely well-integrated, with the exception of people from the higher classes of equally-developed countries. There really was a time when Italian immigrants to Manhattan learned Yiddish, because that was the language of the streets there…

        • f1b0nacc1

          America still imposes assimilation on a far higher level than is found in Europe. The rot of multiculturalism is causing this to weaken somewhat, but we are nowhere near as decayed (yet) as the Europeans.
          You are absolutely correct that in the past various immigrant cultures were often well-advised to learn the other’s native tongues. My own family has stories about that. They also have stories about being told the iron law of America…you learn English too…or else you don’t work. That is the difference…

        • Kavanna

          Muslims assimilate better here because they’re better educated, more middle class, and (above all) not put on welfare — they are expected to participate in the economy and society. More than any other European country, France has created an expensive welfare-supported fantasy land for almost all Muslims there under a certain age. It’s the *older* Muslims who are better assimilated.

    • Corlyss


      I wonder if you ever ran across this article from Atlantic back when Atlantic was worth a darn. When it was new, I tangled with a lot of young liberals in my office over the impropriety of calling attention to ANY down sides of immigration.

  • Bruce

    The populace rails against “austerity,” but what other choices do you have when you are broke and stuck in the Euro? If La Pen does attain power, she will have a very difficult time implementing her agenda. When government spends 55% of GDP, as France does, that is very, very difficult to turn around. She may not be able to do it. Thatcher and Reagan spearheaded turnarounds, but in Reagan’s case, the populace still believed in capitalism. I’m not sure the French do. They basically believe in whatever is different than is being done now, until you go to implement it.

    • free_agent

      As far as I can figure out, the French believe in dirigisme, that things don’t work unless someone with sufficient authority directs it. This has been going on for centuries. So there is a trust in large, state-directed enterprises, whether businesses or bureaucracies. It’s not exactly socialism, but it’s certainly not “free enterprise”. It smacks of feudalism, where the lord is responsible for seeing that everything gets done and every problem gets taken care of.

  • free_agent

    You write, “despite her controversial views on immigrants, Islam, and European integration”. Are these views “controversial” in the sense that the public disagrees with her, or are they “controversial” in the sense that the affluent and the chatterati don’t like them but the masses agree with her (ugh)?

    • Kavanna

      Marine Le Pen has carefully dissociated herself from her father’s colonialist and cryptofascist tendencies. She focuses on saving France proper and has never exhibited any antisemitic tendencies, at least not publicly.

      Her views are very popular among many French voters and rapidly gaining ground in the French elite. The latter won’t say so publicly.

      I personally know more than one French Jew who would vote for her. That’s saying something — such voters would never have voted for her father in million years.

  • Kavanna

    There’s not much austerity in France. It’s not like Greece, Portugal, or Ireland. It’s more like Italy, where austerity has barely started.

    What amazes me is that a similar implosion hasn’t overtaken Obama. His poll numbers continue to sink. But dissent is being crushed in Washington and even fellow Democrats can’t rebel against The Bright and Glorious Future Under The One.

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