Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Saturday, 2017.12.16
Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it.

		Russell Baker

2007.05.06

Viva La France!

With over 85% voter turnout, conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won France’s presidential election by a 6% margin, defeating Socialist rival Segolene Royal. Supporters for Sarkozy “rallied round his cry to ‘liquidate the legacy of May 1968’, end the nanny state, loosen the grip of ‘political correctness’, lesson the power of unions and break the 35-hour week in the name of a nation that wanted to ‘work more to earn more'”. I truly wish President Sarkozy luck, particularly in the June legislative elections, as he works to turn France around. He’ll need it (H/T: LGF):

Mohamed Mechmache, President of AC Le Feu — an association created following the November 2005 riots, has ominously warned that that “France did not understand the message sent during the riots in October and November of 2005.”

I rather think they did. It wasn’t the “understanding” Mechmache and Islamic extremists would rather the French internalize like good little dhimmi.

The long standing policy of acquiescence to an aggressive social invasion have left the French, and many others, with a clouded understanding of how peace is maintained through power. Placating the aggression simply emboldens the aggressor. Returning from such a diminished position is much harder, but it can be done. In this, I wish the French people strength and, above all, perseverance.