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>Sarkozy is right to abhor the burqa

June 22, 2009 7 comments

>Good on Sarkozy for having the balls to say what too many of today’s multi-culti cowards will not.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the Muslim burqa is a sign of subservience for women that undermines their dignity.

For clarity. This is a burqa:

And for the nitwits who think a hijab and a burqa are basically the same thing here’s the difference:

Mr Sarkozy made the comments during a historic address in a special sitting of both houses of the French Parliament at the Palace of Versailles.

For more than a century, French presidents have been banned from speaking directly to Senators and MPs.

The argument has always been that parliament should preserve its independence from the president but Mr Sarkozy changed the rules.

That was controversial enough, but perhaps not as controversial as what he used the address for: stating that the burqa was an affront to women.

“The burqa is not a sign of religion. It is a sign of enslavement. It is a sign of subservience,” he said.

Exactly correct. There are few greater symbols of oppression than the burqa. It’s up there with the swastika, the hammer and sickle and the KKK insignia.

The French leader spoke in favour of a recent call by 65 French MPs to create a parliamentary commission to study a small but growing trend of wearing the full body religious garment in France.

“I want to say officially, it will not be welcome on the territory of the French republic,” he said.

“We cannot accept in our country women imprisoned behind netting; cut off from any social life, deprived of any identity.

“This is not the idea the French republic has of a woman’s dignity.”

Some parliamentarians boycotted Mr Sarkozy’s historic speech, dismissing the President’s address as nothing more than a public relations stunt.

But Mr Sarkozy struck a chord among the French population, who voted overwhelmingly in favour of his centre right UMP party in the recent European elections.

The head of European research at the Global Policy Institute at the London Metropolitan University, Jacques Reland, is a keen observer of French politics.

“I think a lot of people in France feel really ill at ease with the burqa,” he said.

I went to the local shopping mall on the weekend and there was a woman dressed in a burqa. It is a confronting sight. How it can be defended as a personal choice when it’s clearly not is yet another sign of the cognitive dissonance of the left.
“I am pretty sure that a lot of French people are saying yes, [what Mr Sarkozy said] is the way it should be.”

Sarah Joseph is the editor of Britain’s only Muslim lifestyle magazine, emel.

She says many Muslim women use the burqa as an expression of their faith and are not forced to wear it by anyone else.

“I mean, I colour my hair. I don’t wear [some forms of Islamic dress] myself but I will defend someone’s right to do so or not to do so,” she said.

“If you deny a woman’s right to choose, that is denying them dignity and denying them their freedom, and it won’t create a society of more integrated French citizens, it will create a division in France which will be very unfortunate and deny women their right to participate fully in French society.”

Cognitive dissonance on full display in all its glory…

Mr Sarkozy says he is just defending a secular state.

France is home to an estimated five million Muslims. In 2004, the country passed a law forbidding any conspicuous religious symbols from state schools, including veils, which were also banned in government offices.

Charles Johnson at LGF used a very appropriate quote from Christopher Hitchens the other day, “The secular state is the guarantee of religious pluralism. This apparent paradox, again, is the simplest and most elegant of political truths.”

The burqa is a symbol of a backward, unenlightened society.

If we in the modern world accept such a symbol of oppression then do we advance our society, do nothing to our society or diminish or society and values?

Paradoxically, those on the left think that accepting the burqa is an example of our advancement.

Clear thinking people have a different view.

(Nothing Follows)

Categories: France, Islam, Politics, Religion

>French fire real bullets for first time since WW2

>For over 50 years the French have carefully nurtured their reputation as cheese-eating surrender monkeys. Preferring talk and negotiation to taking direct action has seen the French army become the butt of many jokes.

Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion – Jed Babbin

“Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle that was being advertised on eBay the other day – the description was, ‘Never fired. Dropped once.'” – Rep. Roy Blunt (MO).

“Do you know how many Frenchmen it takes to defend Paris? It’s not known, it’s never been tried.” – Rep. R. Blount (MO).

War without France would be like, uh, World War II.

And my favourite…

“It is important to remember that the French have always been there when they needed us.” – Alan Kent.

So news overnight that the French army had actually used live bullets and injured people comes as something of a surprise:

Seventeen people, including a child left in a critical condition, were injured when soldiers fired live bullets instead of blanks during an open day display, regional officials have told AFP.

Fifteen civilians and two soldiers were injured in the incident, of which the details remained unclear, involving a demonstration by members of a marines parachute regiment of hostage liberation exercises, the regional authority said.

Four of the 17 were seriously injured, with two described as critical following “incomprehensible” scenes at the barracks near Carcassone, in the country’s southwest.

According to local authorities, five children were among the injured.

Five helicopters, 11 firefighters’ first-aid vehicles and two ambulances rushed to the scene to help the injured.

One soldier had been detained, although no explanation was immediately forthcoming for why the wrong ammunition was loaded into weapons.

Let’s hope that everyone injured is OK.

What lesson will the French take from the incident?

Using real bullets gets people hurt.

Another 50 years of feckless pacifism seems likely in spite of Sarkozy’s noise about France rejoining NATO.

(Nothing Follows)

Categories: France, Stupidity

>The Islamification of France

March 20, 2008 2 comments

>When a society decides to pursue equality of outcome over equality of opportunity then that society has abandoned its values system. When confronted with the backward, racist, sexist, homophobic and violent Religion of Peace the society’s non-values cannot hold off Islam’s bad values.

In the picture tells a thousand words category, check out the following couple of graphics showing the rise in the number of mosques in each department (the numbers on the map) from 1985 to 2008…

With a huge Muslim population that is particularly fecund, who’s willing to bet that France will survive as a free democracy through the next 30 years?

By the way, France is the world’s most disgusting free nation in terms of promoting peace and stability in the world. Their record in Africa is especially egregious and perhaps the Islamification of the place will be for the better.

(Nothing Follows)

Categories: France

>Sarkozy attempts political triple axle, three and a half reverse somersault with pike

July 2, 2007 1 comment

>Demonstrating that he is not afraid of tackling the big issues confronting the French Republic, new President Nicolas Sarkozy is out of the blocks early attempting the highest degree of difficulty political manoeuvre possible – reforming France’s stagnant higher education system.

Readers may be aware of what happened the last time the government tangled with universities, in 1968, by de Gaulle – a violent student strike that led to a general strike of 10 million workers and the fall of the government. France has never really recovered from this caving in to socialist demands (which saw the minimum industrial wage increase 35% and an overall increase of 10%) as has been demonstrated a number times since, the most recently in 2005 when the whole place went pear shaped after two members of that eternally racially nondescript body of people known as ‘youths’ ran away from police into a power sub-station and were, unsurprisingly, electrocuted to death.

Forty years of ignoring its own national motto, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”, has led to a fractured society made up of a small elite that run the place, a population whose major aspiration is to be a 35 hour per week public servant, and an unassimilated, uneducated immigrant class with a 50%+ unemployment rate. It’s no exaggeration to suggest that the only thing that has prevented France from collapsing completely before now is, ironically, the one thing that the majority of the French population despises most – globalisation.

From The Times:

President Sarkozy is preparing for battle with France’s rebellious students and education establishment over his plan to revamp a crumbling university system.

Under threat of a summer student uprising, he told the heads of the country’s 85 universities that he was taking charge of a draft law that lays the groundwork for the first significant reform in decades.

He has shunted aside Valérie Pécresse, his Higher Education Minister, and François Fillon, the Prime Minister, to direct proceedings himself.

Students’ and teachers’ unions are planning protests of the kind that have repeatedly forced French governments to retreat if Mr Sarkozy tries to promote “un-French” practices in higher education. These include entrance selection, fees, private funding and competition among universities.

There is, however, public acceptance that, with their 41 per cent drop-out rate and abysmal world ranking, French universities are in dire need of reform. Laurence Parisot, the head of Medef, the French Employers’ Federation, calls them “the shame of our nation”.

Jean-Robert Pitte, the reform-minded president of the Sorbonne division of Paris University, said: “It is a miracle that France is still the world’s fifth-largest [economic] power considering its weak investment in higher education.”

One of the most flagrant ills is the neglect of the rigorously egalitarian facultés, or universities, in favour of a handful of highly selective grandes écoles.

The lavishly funded grandes écoles, which include Sciences Po, the political sciences institute in Paris, and the École Polytechnique, groom the brightest 4 per cent of students to run business, industry, the state and the media.

That France has a 41 per cent drop out rate from its higher education system yet still has the world’s fifth-largest economy proves exactly one thing – education does not drive the economy, as I pointed out last week when discussing Australian Labor leader Kevin Rudd’s plan to increase spending on keeping people at school.

There are two basic factors required to drive economic growth – entrepreneurship and opportunity. Add in Liberty and you have the United States.

European ‘elites’ have spent the better part of the last century looking down their well-educated, intellectual noses at their American cousins and complained sniffily about their coarse, crass ways and unnatural focus on money. It sticks in their craw that these supposedly dumb, God-fearing hicks can be the most powerful nation, economically and militarily, in the world.

Middle-class parents yearn to place their offspring in such colleges and dread their relegation to la fac, including those with old names such as Sorbonne. About 1.5 million students are registered at the universities, which are open to all who hold a baccalauréat school-leavers’ certificate.

Libération, the newspaper that was founded by Maoists in the 1968 student revolt, noted yesterday that the universities are so decrepit that some academics are ashamed to show foreign colleagues around their premises.

In something of a revolution, Mr Sarkozy and Mr Fillon attended universities and their Cabinet has fewer graduates from the elite grande écoles than any administration since the early 1960s. Mr Sarkozy regards the revamp of the antiquated education system as one of the most urgent, but also potentially explosive, tasks in his drive to revive France.

“You cannot keep on saying that the 21st will be the knowledge century and leave our university system in a state of neglect because it is too politically dangerous to reform,” the President told MPs from his centre-right camp last week.

His Bill, due to be published next week, will grant self-management to universities that wish it. This will enable them to manage assets and budgets, recruit staff and design courses – all of which have long been controlled by the state. Mr Sarkozy wants the universities to create partnerships with research institutions and seek finance in addition to the €50 billion (£34 billion) that he has promised over five years. Student representation on university boards is to be heavily cut.

Most of university chiefs favour the reforms in outline but they have told Mr Sarkozy that they are alarmed over what they see as his haste.

The main unions are furiously opposed, seeing autonymous universities as the “Americanisation” of French traditions. “They want to impose on us an antidemocratic system that will confiscate . . . the values of collegiality and equality,” Jean Fabri, the secretary-general of Snesup-FSU, the biggest lecturers’ union, said yesterday.

“The Government wants to set the universities in competition among themselves while relinquishing its responsibilities,” he said. “It’s an aberrant and dangerous vision.”

Bruno Julliard, a students’ union leader whose 2005 protest movement ended the political career of Dominique de Villepin, the former Prime Minister, wrote to Mr Sarkozy telling him that he faced an all-out battle. “Do not doubt our determination,” Mr Julliard said.

The Socialist Opposition has been showing confusion, deploring Mr Sarkozy’s methods but accepting the need for reform.

François Hollande, the party leader, said: “Everyone should get together to put French universities into the category of excellence without rushing and incomprehension.”

Long learning curve

— France has about 1.5 million higher education students, 94 per cent of whom attend the 85 universities, plus the vocational colleges, which are open with no selection

— The other 6 per cent attend the grandes écoles – highly selective establishments for the elite. Two years of post school study are required before taking the competitive entrance tests

— About 40 per cent of all who register as university students leave with no degree or diploma

— The state spends €6,700 (£4,500) a year on each university student, below the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development average, and €13,000 per grande école student

— Only one French institution is in the Top 20 of The Times Higher Education Supplement 2006 international ranking: l’École Normale Supérieure, a Paris grande école

— In the 2006 world rankings by Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, the best French university, Paris VI, was 45th. Only three are in the Top 200, compared with four British universities in the first 26. (France contests the Shanghai criteria)

— President Sarkozy read law at Paris University and did not attend a grande école, unlike most recent French leaders

Good luck to Sarkozy in taking on the establishment and dragging France into the 21st century. We’ll know whether the French people are ready to make that move by whether there are mass riots around the country. I suspect that Sarkozy has read the political wind correctly and things will remain relatively calm.

Categories: Education, France

>Where are Islam’s supposedly moderate leaders?

>Hold a German festival and thousands will turn up, drink beer and eat sauerkraut. Hold a French festival and thousands will turn up, drink wine, eat croissants and look at a the works of some of the world’s greatest painters. Hold a Danish festival and thousands will turn up to see Viking relics. Hold an anti-Israel festival and all sorts of loons will turn up to denounce the Middle East’s most democratic and progressive nation.

Hold an American festival in Europe and Islamist extremists threaten to turn up and kill innocent people.

A Paris festival celebrating US music and culture has been called off following a series of anti-American threats, organisers said on Sunday.

Called “Three Days in America”, the festival featuring country and gospel concerts, line-dancing, sales of US paraphernalia and a tribute to Elvis Presley was to take place from May 26 to 28 in Saint Cloud, southwest of Paris.

Organisers issued a statement saying they were forced to postpone the event following “persistent pressure and threats of an anti-American nature”.

“At first we thought it was a joke when we received a letter with a mixture of threats, mentioning Al-Qaeda and full of spelling mistakes,” said Chantal Tenot, the festival’s press officer.

But after several threatening phone calls the organisers decided Friday to file a police complaint and call off the event.

Paris anti-terrorism investigators have been alerted and the festival organisers are to meet foreign ministry officials on Monday to discuss the situation, Tenot said.

She said the organisers hoped to reschedule the festival — which last year drew 15,000 visitors — in the autumn.

Where are the supposedly moderate Muslim leaders speaking out against these threats? If a few senior Imams spoke out and supported the event’s continuance then things could continue and there’d be no problems. The fact that the event went ahead peacefully last year proves my point.

Unfortunately, silence equals agreement. It beggars belief that there is a majority of Muslim leaders that don’t support, even tacitly, the violence committed in their name. If they exist then they have a moral obligation to denounce terror done in the name of Islam.

Categories: France, Islam, United States

>French election reaction in pictures

>After Nicolas Sarkozy’s win in France’s presidential election reaction across the political spectrum has been…quite predictable, actually.

Winners are grinners

Socialists lament the prospect of having to do real work in order to get paid

And ‘youths’ burn a few extra cars for good measure

On the night after the election was held, 760 cars were set alight and over 500 ‘youths’ were arrested. What sort of society puts up with this rubbish?

No other country on earth immolates cars with quite the gusto of the French – including Iraq. On average, an astonishing 112 cars per night are sacrificed by these ‘youths’ in order to make a statement. Given it’s been going on since the mid-70s, and allowing for a build up over time to the current number, if the average over that time is only 30 then over 300,000 cars have met their maker. No wonder Citroen and Peugeot have been doing so well.

Apparently, the view is that if they burn cars then the press will follow – and politicians immediately after that giving away more of the farm in order to keep the peace. As the old saying goes, if you reward bad behaviour then you can guarantee it will be repeated.

Categories: France

>’Sarko the American’ wins French Presidency

>Nicolas Sarkozy, dubbed ‘Sarko the American’ for his fondness of American values, yesterday defeated Socialist glamour, Segolene Royale, by a hefty 53.1% to 46.1% to become President of the World’s Worst Nation. Voter turnout was the highest since 1981 at 85% demonstrating how important the World’s Worst People viewed the election.

Sarkozy campaigned on a platform of repairing France’s moribund economy by reforming anti-employment legislation with a view to creating an environment in which people can yield the fruits of their labour. He also took aim at the large immigrant population for its refusal to not only integrate into French society but also be appreciative of the benefits that being a French citizen bestows. Sarkozy is the son of Hungarian immigrants and did not grow up as part of the establishment that has ruled France for the last two hundred years. It seems to me that he holds the view that if he can work hard and become successful then there’s nothing holding back other immigrants from doing the same. Of course, besides being Mulsims – with all of the backward-thinking baggage that carries with it – they’re also profoundly unskilled to work in a modern economy at anything other than the most menial levels; a situation that is guaranteed to foster resentment.

I thought I’d trot over to the BBC website and see what comments people were making on the results. Surprisingly, most are extremely positive, which makes one wonder whether there’s a growing realisation in the UK that the welfare state is out of control. Some of the negative comments were quite enlightening.

“I would have thought that people who had actually experienced the benefits of a Socialist government first hand would have had better sense than to make such a mistake.” – Mike, Dallas, Texas, USA

Has there ever been a line that demonstrates the cognitive dissonance of today’s Left than that one? Socialism is the most profoundly evil of ‘isms’ to ever have been inflicted upon humanity. Amazing.

“…we can only hope that the Left of our two countries can begin to unite….when France realizes the mistake made…” – James, New York

There you go. The Left in the US always looks to Western Europe for thought leadership so it’s natural for them to not only suggest that the two groups unite but also to imply that world socialist government is what’s needed.

Please don’t consider all french people wanted Sarkozy as President…
I’m french, I’m sad tonight, for this result and thinking about the future that is coming in France now…

Some surveys are showing than people older than 65yo voted mainly for sarko whereas people in 18-25yo and even more voted mainly for segolene.

Don’t forget it. It’s an unpleasant time, but still there are french people open minded there… in France. And that don’t want “their” Bush…

Tom, Paris

In every country in the world the 18-25YOs vote overwhelmingly for left wing candidates, which is natural given the indoctrination they’ve received in the education system and their lack of maturity. Once they get a dose of reality they realise the pros and cons of both sides of the argument and, in the end, become the older, wiser voters balancing up the impetuousness of the youthful vote.

The French just elected its own version of George Bush, those who equate Democracy with Capitalism and who see cultural and other differences as an opportunity to exploit people and nations, not truly support them. A sad day for the home of my grandfather, and for the world.

JD Benson, Berkeley, CA

This guy’s from Berkeley. Nothing to add.

And the best of the comments:

What is good for business is good for people and what is good for people is good for business.

The French are finally on the road to prosperity for everyone.

Keith, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Well said, Keith. It’s only through creating a flexible business environment that the needs of the people can be met.

Make no mistake, though, Sarkozy is a French nationalist in the truest meaning of the term and while he’ll improve relations with the US he’s sure to continue to push the world to accept the religion of climate change (under Kyoto France didn’t have to make any reductions from 1990 levels so there’s little impact), to try to dominate European politics and suck all he can out of the EU and continue to frustrate the rest of us in the way that only the French truly can.

At least he’s not Jacques Chirac so that’s got to be a good thing.

Categories: France

>World’s worst country hates free trade

>Most of you should by now have worked out that I have a low opinion of France, which I deem to be the World’s Worst Country. As a colonial power they oversaw the abject destruction of nearly every society in their empire. The debacle of Vietnam came about due to their miserable incompetence. As one of the Big Three of the EU they’ve used that power to extort unconscionable agriculture deals from politically weaker states, which is what’s been propping up their dodgy economy for the last 10 or so years. As a member of the Security Council they’ve ensured that anything that makes the US look good is vetoed, or horribly hamstrung so it can’t be effective, in spite of its moral correctness such as was the case with Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq and Somalia. As an ally they’ve proved feckless at best and treacherous at worst. As a direct enemy they’ve proved to have no spine or moral conviction. It’s a pity that they weren’t on the other side during the last two world wars. Would have made our task much easier.

As reported by the BBC:

Many French people say they are anti globalisation, but paradoxically France has launched dozens of world beating brands and grown rich on free trade.

Lucky for France that there are still a few realists in the place who understand how the world works, have embraced globalisation and reaped the rewards that are used to pay for the majority of cocooned from reality, nanny state no-hopers.

A poll recently conducted by an American university sent shock waves through the Finance Ministry in Paris. Researchers found that only just over a third of French people think a free market economy is the best system to develop the country.

Most of us would think that the shock waves are due to the figure being so low. Au contraire, mon ami. Surely it was because the figure was at least triple what they expected? The result was so good that it probably caused much celebration within the Finance Ministry whose management immediately broke out cheese and wine and took the rest of the day off. And why not? After all, it was 10AM.

By way of contrast, the survey found that a majority of citizens in 19 other countries were in favour of the free market, including 65% of Germans, 59% of Italians, 66% of the British and 74% of the Chinese. Even the Russians, many of whom have suffered in a painful transition to a market economy, were more favourable at 43%.

What the heck do the other 35% of Germans, 41% of Italians etc want? A closed market? Do 34% of Britons really want to go back to the pre-Thatcher days when union chaos was tearing the fabric of society asunder? It goes without saying that today’s enviro-religious Brown Shirts are 100% in the camp of non-free trade. Didn’t any of them take a look at how bad the environment was in the state-controlled Soviet Union? Best not to let facts get in the way of fanaticism, n’est ce pas?

In a bar outside the National Library in Paris, I met two students, Laurent and Florence who told me globalisation is “scandalous” because it often means French jobs are lost to poorer countries with lower wages and harsher working conditions.

“I think globalisation today is the modern equivalent of the slave trade across the Atlantic Ocean,” says Laurent. “I am for human globalisation, but I am against the capitalist economic system and I think we need to make capitalism history.”

When people say that education needs to return to a focus on the three Rs – reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic – can I be so bold as to add a fourth R? Reality. Or Rationality. Economics should be a mandatory subject for all middle school students; then they might not have such a pathetic insight into how the world works. The movement of jobs overseas ensures lower prices for products in France benefiting those at the lowest socio-economic level. It also leaves more money in the wallets and purses of the better-to-do, increasing their purchasing power which has a direct positive consequence on local employment. However, the most profoundly positive effect is on those people to whose countries the jobs have moved. Why not ask them whether they’d prefer to work in those supposed ‘sweatshops’? The elephant in the room with this argument is that they have a higher annual pay rate than the average of the countries they’re in. Laurent and Florence need a good, solid arse-kicking if you ask me. Make capitalism history but promote human globalisation equals socialism. And hasn’t that been such a stunning success? What is truly “scandalous” is that these two fois-gras fattened French phonies could care less about the well-being of the supposedly oppressed foreign worker.

Laurent’s aversion to the market might sound extreme, yet it’s not untypical in a country that fielded one Communist and three Trotskyite presidential candidates.

Quite a few on the French right too are suspicious of free enterprise.

If the French right is suspicious of free enterprise then that tells you where their right is in the global scale of things. Sounds like what we call left wing here in Australia.

These attitudes have troubled Finance Minister Thierry Breton so much that he has decided to create a new organisation to make his fellow citizens more market friendly. It has got a distinctively Gallic name: Codice, or the Council for the Diffusion of Economic Culture.

The answer to troubling issues? More government organisations! Now why didn’t I think of that? There I was thinking that lower taxes and flexible labour rules did the trick. Thanks, Thierry, for the enlightenment.

Patrick Fauconnier, who edits a business magazine, is one of the Council’s members. He describes the findings of the American poll as “serious and traumatic”.

He says that the idea that profit is somehow unclean has its roots in French Catholicism and that business acumen is undervalued in French society.

“The brightest kids are encouraged to become engineers or lawyers or doctors. You only go into business as a last resort”.

Let me think about that. Kids only go into business as a last resort (sounds like the Left’s opinion of those that enter the military). Those kids run businesses that are so successful they make up one-third of Europe’s top 100 companies and keep the rest of France afloat. Seems like a recipe for disaster to me. And what notable successes have French engineers, lawyers or doctors achieved in the last twenty years other than managing to sew a dead person’s hand onto a patient that had lost theirs?

Fauconnier tells me he has come up with a formula to encapsulate the views of the average Frenchman.

“Economy equals enterprise, enterprise equals CEO (chief executive), CEO equals profit and profit equals exploitation.”

The main task of Codice, he says, is to educate French citizens about the way the economy works so they are better informed and less hostile. The council plans a slick new website, pamphlets and campaigns in universities and schools.

That ought to do it! Particularly the slick website. The chances of a French university allowing a campaign supporting free enterprise is about as likely as their promoting military service as an honourable profession.

Training journalists, says Fauconnier, is vital because economic stories are often covered in a one-sided way on French TV.

Everything is covered in a one-sided way on French TV. That’s why they’re so ignorant. Imagine if they knew the reality of what they did in Rwanda?

“When a factory closes or sheds jobs, for example, there are lots of emotional interviews with angry workers, but rarely any analysis of the reasons behind the company’s decision.”

In some ways, anti business attitudes are baffling, given that French multinationals are conquering world markets with everything from shampoo to nuclear power.

The French may moan about cheap, foreign imports undercutting their products, or jobs moving to China, but they seem to forget that their very own hypermarket, Carrefour, is the world’s second largest retailer after Wal-Mart, and is making huge profits in China.

But even France’s most successful firms cannot count on the affection of the public, says leading sociologist Gerard Mermet.

“Many people don’t have a positive view of these flourishing enterprises. They wonder if they have stayed French or whether they have turned into these awful multi nationals who play the perverse and dangerous game of globalisation.”

Globalisation is ‘perverse and dangerous’? I assume they think that global socialism is benign and harmless. No doubt that Carrefour is as widely criticised as Wal-Mart for its negative work practices, use of sweatshop labour et blah.

To some extent, such misgivings are understandable since nowadays French multinationals create most of their jobs abroad. That is partly because many business people say it is easier to operate overseas than in France.

Traitors! Monsieur Robespierre. The guillotine. At once!

Francoise Holder, who co-heads the Paul chain of bakeries, is one of the country’s top businesswomen.

She won’t co-head much at all, including her torso, once Robespierre is finished with her.

She complains about high corporate taxes in France and about the 35 hour week, which she says “unleashed a hurricane or tsunami” on working culture in France.

“The main obstacles we’ve come up against over the last 20 years, it’s true, are in France rather than abroad. We have franchises in faraway places like Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia or Japan and we can find good managers there who are willing to work hard and so have been very successful.”

It is worth remembering though that French labour productivity is still the highest in Europe and France has more foreign direct investment than anywhere in Europe except the UK.

While that’s true, and would come as a surprise to the Germans, productivity is based on a per hour measurement and a 35 hour working week, which people adhere to religiously, means that the French economy wallows in stagnation.

For Philippe Bloch, who set up a French chain of coffee shops, the main problem is over-zealous employment legislation. He protests that the Code du Travail, the book of labour laws, which runs to 2800 pages, is “bigger than the Bible”.

Sick of state meddling, he says he may start his next venture in America.

A Frenchman saying he’s going to set up business in America is like Kim Philby moving to the Soviet Union. Monsieur Robespierre! The guillotine! Again!

“I’m not quite sure I want to re-invest the same amount of energy and effort and money in an economy that does not want me to create jobs. I think France has the unemployment it deserves, France has chosen unemployment. We have chosen to pay jobless people benefits to keep the peace.”

“France has chosen unemployment.” What a terrifically insightful statement.

But after the 2005 riots in many French suburbs, that peace is looking shaky.

Not to mention the 700+ suburbs that are no-go zones for non-Muslims or the 112 cars burned every night by these supposedly peaceful, grateful immigrants.

France has an increasingly divided society. It is not just the gulf between those with secure jobs and the unemployed. The country is also on the brink of a war between the generations, according to Bernard Spitz, a former government advisor.

The premise of his latest book, Papy Krach, is that in the next 30 years the number of pensioners will double, but there will be even fewer people in work to support them. He thinks young people are being held to ransom by the ageing baby boomers and that they may refuse to foot the bill.

“Three quarters of young people believe, in France, that they are going to live less well than their parents.

“How can you expect a society to be dynamic, entrepreneurial and optimistic if they feel they are going to live worse in the future?”

They won’t just refuse to pay. They’ll leave. Simple as that. Many countries in Europe now have net positive emigration rates as people flee the high-taxation, no reward for effort, socialist spending regimes that also allow unfettered immigration while clamping down on freedom of speech and association. Europe’s loss is our gain. Even if they do speak French and smell of garlic. At least they recognise the value of work. With luck, they’ll also recognise the value of values.

Categories: France

>A reminder of the real face of France

March 15, 2007 2 comments

>A recent poll listed the United States in the top three countries that make things worse in the world. The other two? Israel (of course) and Iran. For some inexplicable reason France is well regarded around the world, which truly is a triumph of style over substance. France has an appalling record of causing or supporting mayhem (Vietnam, for example, and the Vichy government), as well as turning a blind eye to the shocking abuses of tyrants and despots such as Saddam Hussein.

When I saw the survey and its position I was reminded of an article from American Thinker detailing yet another example of France’s two-faced immorality. For those brain dead hypocrites that think the US is the greatest threat to world peace I only ask that you do one thing – go and look at France’s record; there is nothing in the US record that comes anywhere close. The best news to come out of France recently is that one of the most immoral, duplicitous and unexceptional leaders of all time, Jacques Chirac, is to step down as France’s President at the next election.

Here’s the complete article, written in 2005:

Running low on reasons to hate France? Here’s another one: Rwanda. I’m not talking about the blame poured on the U.N. and the West in general for negligence; I’m talking about France actually helping commit genocide.

France not only trained and armed the Hutu genocidaires in advance of the genocide, it armed them, gave them safe harbor, refused safe harbor to Tutsis, and sent its own troops into Rwanda to defend the Hutus during the genocide of the Tutsis.

The narrative of France’s aiding and abetting genocide in Rwanda is well described in the recently published book, The Fate of Africa, by Martin Meredith. I should point out that Rwanda is not the focus of this book. In fact, it is only covered in Chapter 27, out of 35 chapters and 752 pages. The book does not even concentrate on France. But the plain facts speak loudly enough.

  • In 1990, the Rwandan government was led by Hutu extremists, headed by president Habyarimana. French President Francois Mitterand sent his own son, Jean—Christophe, to head France’s special Africa Unit. Jean—Christophe was popularly known in Africa as Papa m’a dit, or “Daddy told me to”.
  • In early October 1990, the opposition Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) gathered in neighboring Uganda to stage strikes into Rwanda. President Mitterand authorized French troops to help the Hutu government fight the RPF. Jean—Christophe remarked, with a wink, ‘We are going to send him a few boys, old man Habyarimana. We are going to bail him out. In any case, the whole thing will be over in two or three months.’
  • With France’s help, Habyarimana expanded his armed forces by over 300%. France contributed training, expertise, weapons and foreign contacts for more weapons. Rwanda spent an estimated $100 million on arms at that time, a huge amount for such a small country.
  • In 1992 a ceasefire was signed between Rwanda and the RPF, but the abuse of Tutsis continued.
  • Despite a 1993 human rights report accusing Habyarimana of ‘massacres, torture, arbitrary detention and other abuses against Tutsis’, France continued its program of support for Habyarimana.
  • Within 3 months in early 1994, Rwanda imported more than 500,000 machetes, enough to arm a third of the adult Hutu population.
  • On April 6, 1994, Habyarimana’s plane was shot down, perpetrators still unknown, and the killing began. ‘The first victims were carefully selected… with lists prepared well in advance.’ Soldiers hunted down moderate Hutus. One of the first targets was the Hutu prime minister. Ten Belgian UN peacekeepers, sent to defend her, were ‘taken prisoner, driven to a military camp, beaten up, tortured and killed.’ The prime minister and her husband were also caught and killed. The slaughter of Tutsis started at the same time.
  • ‘During a mass for some 500 Tutsis, a killing squad burst into the church. ‘The militia began slashing away,’ a survivor recalled. ‘They were hacking at the arms, legs, breasts, faces and necks.’ The killing lasted for two hours. Similar massacres broke out across the country.’ ‘Across Rwanda, church buildings where Tutsis desperately sought sanctuary became the scene of one massacre after another. More people were killed there than anywhere else.’
  • On April 8, the RPF announced a return to war and prepared to advance on the capital. On April 9, French troops landed in the capital to protect, not Tutsis, but Hutu extremists, who were put on the first plane out. Upon arrival in Paris, some of the Hutu extremists received hefty sums of money and a personal audience by President Mitterand. On the other hand, the French refused to evacuate the five children of the murdered prime minister and long—standing embassy employees, most of them Tutsi.
  • According to Human Rights Watch, France continued arms shipments to the Rwandan army in May and June of 1994, the middle of the genocide.
  • In June, Mitterand sent troops into Rwanda. Military officers in Paris talked openly of ‘breaking the back of the RPF’.
  • The Hutus greeted the arriving French troops as heroes, waving banners saying ‘Vive la France’ and praising Mitterand. Radio broadcasts called for ‘you Hutu girls to wash yourselves and put on a good dress to welcome our French allies. The Tutsi girls are all dead, so you have your chance.’
  • Despite France’s attempts to help the Hutu government and to defeat the RPF, it was the RPF’s victory that ultimately brought an end to the genocide.
  • ‘In the space of 100 days some 800,000 people had been slaughtered — about three quarters of the Tutsi population. More people had been killed more quickly than in any other mass killing recorded in history.’
  • The genocide was brought to an end by the opposition RPF, the very force that France fought, directly and indirectly, both before and during the genocide. France helped the extreme Hutus, the genocidaires, both before and during the genocide, with training, arms, money and its own troops. France gave safe harbor to the Hutu genocidaires at the same time it refused to help Tutsis.

    And this all happened with full knowledge and participation by French President Francois Mitterand. He sent his own son to be on site in Africa. He personally met with Hutu extremists. He ordered French troops into Rwanda during the genocide, not to protect the Tutsis from slaughter, but to protect the Hutu genocidaires.

    For its part, Rwanda is now trying to do something about it. At a ceremony in 2004 to mark the 10th anniversary of the genocide, Rwandan President Paul Kagame stated

    ‘As for the French, their role in what happened in Rwanda is self—evident… They knowingly trained and paid government soldiers and militia who were going to commit genocide and they knew they would commit genocide… There are people who hide behind diplomacy.’

    Rwanda undertook its own investigation into France’s responsibility for the genocide. It claims that ‘Paris knowingly armed the killers and provided an escape route after their defeat’ and allowed ‘perpetrators of the genocide to escape when it launched an operation in south—western Rwanda in June 1994’.

    We might ask what motivated France. Some hints are provided by the BBC, where we find that Jean—Christophe Mitterand (aka Papa m’a dit, and ‘Mr. Africa’) was arrested in 2000 for illegal arms deals and the misuse of company funds involving the sale of Russian weapons and equipment to Angola in 1993 and 1994.

    ‘But France’s “Mr Africa” was once right at the heart of the very particular relationship between the French Government and the African continent.

    ‘Most of these countries were run by autocratic presidents who liked to deal directly with President Mitterrand, bypassing the Foreign Ministry and other official channels. ‘Discreetly they could ask for favours — arms, money, help with troublesome opponents, a good word on their behalf with the IMF, a comfortable retirement if things got difficult at home.

    ‘And the favours flowed both ways. ‘Their support raised France’s international profile, their contracts always went to French companies, and several African leaders are believed to have made substantial donations to French political parties.’


    Don’t these statements really leave one with a horrible mental image?

    Within 3 months in early 1994. Rwanda imported more than 500,000 machetes, enough to arm a third of the adult Hutu population…

    …’In the space of 100 days some 800,000 people had been slaughtered — about three quarters of the Tutsi population. More people had been killed more quickly than in any other mass killing recorded in history.’

    Congratulations, France, for causing the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Instead of being a force for good in the world, France time and again proves that it has no moral backbone and spectacularly disgusting, inverted cultural values.

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