Monday, May 07, 2007

Sarkozy – l’homme de la nation

The new Président de la République inherits from Jacques Chirac stagnant wages, a lagging economy, and pockets of civil unrest in the impoverished suburbs populated largely by immigrants. Some of these immigrant youths rioted and torched cars very recently, mainly in protest at their poverty and alienation. Monsieur Sarkozy referred to them as ‘scum’, and has pledged himself to be tough on immigration, to cut taxes and unemployment, to limit the disruption to public services during strikes, to cut public sector staff – in short, to abandon the French model and perform the radical surgery necessary for France to compete in a global market.

The pay-back for the French people is that he intends to create a ministry of immigration and national identity; to ensure the defence and promotion of the French identity. This sounds like code, and Cranmer wonders how many more cars will be torched by these upset youths…

Setting aside his ‘Thatcher with trousers’ agenda, the election of Monsieur Sarkozy is a very significant development for two main reasons. Unlike most of the French ruling class, Monsieur Sarkozy is not an énarque – he did not go to the Ecole Nationale d'Administration. He is the son of a Hungarian immigrant and a French mother of Greek Jewish origin, and was baptised a Roman Catholic. He will be the first son of an immigrant to rule modern France, and he intends to do it his way.

He has voiced consistent opposition to Turkey's bid to join the European Union, and the Turks have just had their European dreams ended for as long as Monsieur Sarkozy occupies the Elysée Palace. It is not merely his disapproval of the imminent involvement of the military to reassert Turkey’s secularism, but he has a profound distaste for ‘political Islam’, which he perceives to be antithetical to the founding principles of the Fifth Republic. He also intends to scupper any notion that France will be the recipient of Muslim-Turkish migrant workers, and would doubtless invoke the amended French Constitution to do so.

Monsieur Sarkozy has come to power declaring: ‘I am not in favour of any kind of censorship, whether of men, ideas or religions’.

These will be interesting times not only for France and Turkey, but also for the entire European Union. Vive la France!


Blogger dizzyfatplonka said...

The riots have already materialized, he sound interestin but will he walk the walk.
Although I believe nationalism and socialism can and must be made to work in a mainstream format if we are to unite as a nation again, I always find any links or praising of Thatcher in bad taste, considering the hardship she wrought on many a good decent hard working class family to acheive her aims.
Even the small business who loved her because they could pay their staff peanuts, lost faith eventually because they realized employees started acting like monkeys ansd only giving the amount of loyalty and labour their paypacket was worth.
No Thatcher was not the glory days some would wish her to be but better luck for Sarkozy and yes I agree Vive le France!

7 May 2007 at 10:16  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Dizzyfatplonka,

La France is, like Margaret Thatcher, feminine.

7 May 2007 at 12:28  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Cranmer wonders how many more cars will be torched by these upset youths…

Cars are torched every single week in France.....our media is selective as to when it reports the fact.

It was stupid of Royal to invite people to riot if she did not win. This is the politics of the 1930s with street gangs.

Sarkozy has to deal with the Ancien Regime and its corrupt practices; it is either that or watch de Gaulle's Fifth Republic move to a Sixth Republic.......had de Gaulle not created an Imperial Presidency France would have been in chaos decades ago

7 May 2007 at 13:23  
Anonymous delroy said...

dizzyfatplonka said...
I always find any links or praising of Thatcher in bad taste, considering the hardship she wrought on many a good decent hard working class family
10:16 AM

The hardworking ones reaped the rewards and became middle class. Those that were just working class payed for the years of Socialism that they supported and that preceded Maggie.
God Bless Her.

7 May 2007 at 17:35  
Blogger dizzyfatplonka said...

Interesting views Delroy and precisely the reason we are a divided nation thats losing a grip.
Because of see saw politics pulling the wool over folks eyes and corrupt politicians laughing at the voting mugs over and over again.
The state thrives on division, both royalty and parlaimentarians have and will always use violent force to gain and keep power, they just fool the rabble with democracy. God Bless you also Del

7 May 2007 at 18:55  
Blogger Andrew Allison. A Conservative View said...

The French have had the balls to elect someone they think has balls. I just hope he does what he says.

7 May 2007 at 21:50  
Anonymous delroy said...

dizzyfatplonka said...

The state thrives on division, both royalty and parlaimentarians have and will always use violent force to gain and keep power, they just fool the rabble with democracy. God Bless you also Del

6:55 PM

He does indeed DFP; as did Maggie.
I was there and lived through it all. It was good.

8 May 2007 at 17:57  
Anonymous Colin said...

Your Grace,

Thank you very much for the promised article about the French election.

As far as I can see, the burning suburbs of French cities had the effect that French politics moved to the right. Sarkozy needed to gain the votes of Le Pen in order to become president. And I am wondering what this all means for the politics in the UK and other European countries?

First, why isn't there any conservative politician in the UK trying to win the next election by appealing to the right instead of trying to win the votes of the left by promoting windmills etc ?

Second, the voters of the right-wing party of Le Pen seem to have caused the shift of French politics into a more conservative direction. Does the same formula apply to the UK ? In other words, will the Tories continue trying to gain votes on the left, except when they are risking to lose votes to parties on the right margin of the political spectrum?

Finally, Miss Jelly Bean promised to inform us about her views concerning the French election. Are you keeping your promise?

8 May 2007 at 19:48  
Anonymous Miss Jelly bean said...

well, I don't actually remember 'promising' anything as such, I do vaguely remember having a conversation with you on France and Turkey though. I shall therefore oblige upon your insistence.

Hmmmmmm, Sarkozy (or 'sako nazi' as some like to call him)looks a bit like that Sky news reporter, James Rubin, doesn't he? Anyone seen him? O.K never mind. Moving on.... I must confess, I'm not very Conservative and don't like Sarko very much. I ran as fast as my little jelly legs could carry me to the T.V. to see the results.... only to find that Rubin look-alike had won. But then again Royale wasn't all that impressive either. The only thing that I can agree with Sarkozy on, is the Turkey issue. I completely agree with him that Turkey should not enter the EU, but I think my reasons would be slightly different to his. Whilst Sarkozy (I'm assuming), is worried about the large number of immigrants from Turkey and the fact that Turkey can out vote other EU countries via the QMV, I on the other hand, am generally against Turkey joining the EU because I fear the loss of Islamic identity in Turkey (I suppose everyone else on this blog would cheer on that notion). Little J.beany is scared that the naughty secularists are gonna be nasty with the muslims. We don't really want a repeat of the French riots on a larger scale now do we. Besides, seing Panorama on Monday, if integration fails to work on a micro scale in Britain, who's to say it'll work on a macro scale in the EU.

Come to think of it, I think Sarkozy looks a bit like Sylvester Stallone.... o.k maybe that's exagerating it a bit!

8 May 2007 at 21:56  
Anonymous Colin said...

Miss Jelly Bean,

Thank you for your comment on the results of the French election. It is nice to read a somewhat different view. His Grace, you and most commentators on this blog seem to share the same kind of fears, i.e. fear of evil secularism. Or should we be trendy and call it secularophobia?

"The only thing that I can agree with Sarkozy on, is the Turkey issue."

His only other main issue, which I can recall, was the 35-hours week. He wanted to permit the French to work longer than 35 hours per week without paying taxes for the extra work. Thus, are you against working longer or against not paying taxes?

"I must confess, I'm not very Conservative"

Hhmm, I have to confess that my mind is rejoicing about an apparently unusual and new combination. Your hijab and pro-sharia view seems to be more in agreement with a conservative Muslim view than with progessive secularist Western views. But you said "I'm not very Conservative". Could you please explain a bit more your non-conservative pro-sharia view. Is this unusual combination of attitutes restricted to you or do more Islamic believers share your opinions?

BTW, how was the outcome of the political exams you were preparing for. I assume that you have reason to open a bottle of champaign for celebration, do you?

8 May 2007 at 23:05  
Anonymous Miss Jelly bean said...

political exams? Oh, you must mean my A-levels! Well, I havn't done them yet. My first exam isn't until early June. When I do get my results though, I shall celebrate my failure with a nice cold glass of orange juice.

As for my non-conservative pro-sharia views, well I am conservative when it comes to my religious beliefs, but don't tend to base my religious beliefs on the Western political spectrum of opinions. I find it difficult to converge my religious views with western political views, essentially because one is a western democratic system, and the other (sharia) is based on an islamic theocratic system. So yes I am conservative (with a small 'c')in the sense that I like to strictly adhere to my religious beliefs, but in terms of western politics, I'm not very pro the conservative ideology. Is this making any sense?

9 May 2007 at 09:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I do get my results though, I shall celebrate my failure

Failure ? A-Levels are No-Fail exams nowadays equivalent to 1970s O-Levels. If you write your name and candidate number on the paper you are guaranteed a pass.

Politics is easy, especially nowadays. The only question with respect to A-Levels is why you get anything other than "A" grade since even in Mathematics 50% get "A"

10 May 2007 at 06:30  
Anonymous Miss Jelly Bean said...

I wish you were right anonymous, but being a jelly bean, I also have a brain made out of jelly and if I try to absorb in any information, it just bounces back off from my jelly brain. Now I wish I was a sponge instead. Then I could easily absorb in all the information. Alas! now you know the downside of being a jelly bean.

10 May 2007 at 16:29  
Anonymous annoyed at anonymous's ignorance said...

anonymous, you clearly know nothing about a levels, as i know many people who have written both their name and candidate number, yet still failed with a U (ungraded).. where's the logic in that then, hey? what happend to their guaranteed pass??? speaking from experience are you anonymous? but even then its simply not possible....

10 May 2007 at 17:00  
Anonymous Colin said...

Miss Jelly Bean,

Thanks for the explanations. You asked: "Is this making any sense?"

Yes, it does. It is logically coherent. If I understand you correctly you are conservativ in regard to your religion hoping that it will bring peace and justice to the world. And with regard to the Western political system, you share the views of the left with the exception of their secularism. Is my interpretation of your views correct?

BTW, congratulations for your smart retort to Mr. Anonymous and best wishes for your exams in June.

10 May 2007 at 17:34  

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