Tag: France

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The leadership throughout Europe failed to anticipate the burdens on law enforcement, healthcare, schools, the economy, jobs, and blowback from its own citizens, who are now taking a more radical approach in their voting and attitudes to their new reality. Trying to keep a balance between national identity, while extending humanitarian measures to a wave […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer French security for shooting a would-be terrorist outside the Louvre.  They also discuss Kellyanne Conway’s “Bowling Green Massacre” moment, her decision to slam the media when correcting her mistake, and the media for focusing more on her mistake than her point that refugees in the U.S. were trying to kill Americans.  They unload on former Labor Secretary Robert Reich for suggesting, without any facts, that the Berkeley rioters were conservatives.  And they offer their Superbowl predictions and preferences.

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So would the US Democrat Party be illegal in France? As I saw a highlights of President Obama’s farewell speech there was a section where he called his own statements about a “post-racial America” “unrealistic” (during his first presidential race). He talked about how we’re not where we need to be as a country on […]

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Niall Ferguson has an essay out hypothesizing a new world order based on an alliance between America, Russia, China, and a Marine Le Pen-led France: As a corollary, the three powers might agree on the demotion of Europe from great power status, taking advantage not only of Brexit but the increasingly fragmented and introspective character […]

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Islam in France

 

islam-france1Since it’s Islamic Appreciation Week here on Ricochet, I thought I’d share the findings of an interesting study of French Muslims just been published here in France.

Unlike the US, where the government obsessively counts and classifies those among us who have, say, strands of Cherokee DNA, the French government is not permitted to classify people by ethnicity nor to ask census questions about race or origins. The republic is based on the idea that all citizens are equal and free from distinctions of class, race, or religion. (And after a while here, this really starts to seem like common sense. When recently I filled out a form requesting my absentee ballot, complete with the standard box to check indicating my race, it struck me how inappropriate, intrusive, and obsessive it is constantly to ask American citizens to report their own skin color.)

It’s refreshing that the French government is genuinely color-blind, or at least, that it insists upon this ideal. On the other hand, lack of data about minorities hampers the state’s ability to measure how well these minorities are doing or recognize when a group, however artificial, is having problems best addressed qua group.

A Modesty Proposal

 

As you’ve probably heard, France is in an uproar about burqinis. Three French mayors have banned them. A brawl reportedly broke out in Corsica last Saturday over women swimming in burqinis.

The word is a portmanteau of “burqa” and bikini,” but it’s is a misnomer, because the garment in question, unlike a burqa, doesn’t cover the face. France banned the burqa and the niqab six years ago. I wrote about that decision here — I was reluctantly in support of the ban. “Reluctant” for obvious reasons:

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Father Jacques Hamel was a committed servant of God in the capacity of a Priest for 58 years. In those 58 years he heard confessions countless times acting in the person of Christ. In those 58 years he offered Mass countless times. In those 58 years he officiated the sacrament of Holy Matrimony an unknown […]

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Breaking: Terror Attack in Nice, France

 
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The truck that allegedly drove through a crowd in Nice, France. (Image: Twitter)

Details are still coming in, but news broke over Twitter of a truck ramming through a crowd in Nice, France. The area was holding a Bastille Day celebration, and there have been some reports of gunfire.

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What will be the implications of Britain’s leaving the EU for nationalist parties in France and Germany. France has the ‘National Front,’ (and the much smaller Euroskeptic parties ‘Movement for France,’ and ‘France Arise’) and Germany has the Euroskeptic ‘Alternative for Germany’ and the fascist ‘National Democratic Party.’ Afaik, they all are more or less […]

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In Praise of Western Colonialism, White Men, and Modernity

 

AerialPPThe existing leftist social environment backed by political organizations, academia, and media is for white men, especially Europeans, to be eternally responsible for their colonial and imperial past. I consider white guilt to be one the most dangerous mentalities poisoning the western world.

Western civilization has done a world of good in human history. Western culture has given us Bernini, Mozart, Montesquieu, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, and Newton. The western world has given us individual liberty, freedom of expression, a culture of human rights, and the rule of law. It has given us electricity, clean water, airplanes, computers, medicines, and automobiles. The west has given the world modernity.

Undoubtedly, there were many problems with western colonialism, but there were also a lot more decent things westerners had done for other races as well. British imperialism did a lot of good around the globe, from India to Hong Kong to South Africa. We think of French colonialism as problematic in comparison to British imperialism. Just look at the differences between Haiti and the Bahamas. Even so, French colonialism was a force of good in some parts of the world. France had done worthy things for the Khmers in Cambodia. I probably sound biased since I come from a Francophile family. My maternal grandfather was influenced by French culture. He grew up speaking both French and Khmer as his native tongues. His father was very French in the way he thought and talked. So I’m quite fond of France and the French in general.

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If you read the following excerpt and come to some insane conclusion that something is amiss then I will have no choice but to suspend your organ grinding license in Paris. And, please, do something about your filthy monkey. (Helpful YouTube video at bottom of this post) The Grand Lodge of France filed a complaint […]

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Live From the Frontlines of the French Taxi War

 

Taxi strikeI’m actually not live at the frontlines, I’m at home on my couch, but I thought I’d opine on it anyway. As you’ve probably seen in the news,

At least 24 people were arrested in Paris Tuesday as striking taxi drivers blocked roads and access to airports across the country, while separate industrial action by air-traffic controllers’ caused further travel chaos.

Taxi drivers lit bonfires, sending plumes of dark smoke into the sky as they blocked roads leading into Paris, severely disrupting traffic.

France Exhales, Temporarily

 

Yesterday was the second round of the French regional elections, and the National Front was defeated in all three contested districts. (I explained how these work last week.) Nidra Poller wrote a good essay about the FN last year for those who want to know more about the LePen family psychodrama:

While the notoriously provocative father has remained honorary president of the FN, the daughter claims to have banished unsavory ideas and elements that – unfairly in her view – justified its “demonization.” Cleansed of anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, racism and other reprehensible traits associated with the “Far Right Populist” strain of postwar European politics, the National Front is claimed to be the West’s only line of defense against Islamization, EU tyranny, globalization, cheap Chinese merchandise, rampant capitalism, the banks, the international oligarchy that exploits the hardworking little man … and what other evils?