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By ATWadmin On May 1st, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Im in France, looking after ‘les invalides’ but still managing to appreciate that lifestyle that Monsieur Chirac so sneeringly cherishes and which Simon Jenkins covers in "The French do it all wrong but still get life so right" here – some of which i echoed a year ago here, (particularly re Sarkozy, whats to come in France and multiculturalism which the French will never agree to :)) Certainly id agree protectionism has its plusses – their State actually runs a health service and transport system to envy. They do actually have civic pride and spend on it and they maintain a rural and urban environment that puts many western nations to shame. Chirac recently sneered that to pursue British policies, anglo-saxon ideals, might mean having to accept a British quality of life, eg less of the aforementioned, less holidays, shock horror (we have around 21 days in the UK vs, not so bad really). "His audience laughed. The risk was unthinkable".  Yes and remains comfortably distant in part thanks to magnificent London. Only last Friday before i left to come here i chatted with some of the many French students working in my office. Good jobs and some have great prospects. None seemed too much in a hurry to rush back to France Monsieur Chirac! But equally Jenkins is right to point to just how many people are migrating to France from the UK (the ‘salt and peppers’ as they are called and I suspect others, including families, to boot) precisely to enjoy that family friendly lifestyle. I hope Sarkozy wins. For many reasons as per the post i linked to. But one is that he wont put paid to the French quality of life in search of what makes the anglo-saxon economies tick. His admiration for the latter will probably see him draw on ideas to suit France rather than moulding France to suit globalisation and all that this entails. That much you can bet on and good luck to him. The elections however you can’t bet on and im not so sure at this point its a foregone conclusion. The debate between Sarkozy and Royal is tomorrow night and Ill try and get a post up for anyone who’s interested. Sarkozy is being advised how to debate with a woman without coming across as a bully lol (he once threatened to smash a colleague’s head in).

He must be doing something right!

By ATWadmin On May 1st, 2007 at 4:45 pm

W.H. Auden famously wrote that:

To the man-in-the-street, who, I’m sorry to say, is a keen observer of life, the word ‘Intellectual’ suggests straight away a man who’s untrue to his wife.

To me, the word suggests, rather more prosaically, a useless parasite, who in his entire life has contributed nothing of value to anyone, and never will do so, but who talks a good fight, with plenty of regurgitated quotes from fellow parasites (notably Michel Foucault), and who is, of necessity, left-wing. You don’t need to be particularly intelligent or talented to earn the status of ‘intellectual’, so long as you vote for the left and quote Foucault. Just ask the next humanities professor you meet.

All of which is a roundabout way of asking, should Nicolas Sarkozy be at all concerned that 100 French "intellectuals" have published an open letter attacking him?

The letter, signed by such notables as Jeanne Moreau (who?), Georges Moustaki (who?), and Francois Ozon (again, who?) has suggested that a Sarkozy victory would lead to "a France at war with itself". This reflects the recent threat of French Muslims to riot if Sarkozy wins. It does indicate that the left-Islamic axis is very frightened, if they’re prepared to threaten violence as a means of getting their own candidate elected. Perhaps Sarkozy really would do something to improve the situation over there!

The public certainly seem to think so. Sarkozy has led Segolene Royal through most of the campaign, and the three recent polls displayed at the French Election 2007 blog show him with a lead of between 4 and 6%. With Muslims rioting in the streets, and Muslim thugs establishing a dominance over some areas that even the police fear to challenge, France needs a solution. Sarkozy may offer it, and it is to be hoped, for France’s sake, that she elects him. Royal is the candidate of appeasement, and if France elects her we will be watching a nation commit suicide.

MIDDLE EASTERN APPEARANCE…

By ATWadmin On April 27th, 2007 at 8:58 pm

I found this a thoroughly disgusting story…

A 22 year old Jewish woman suffered a vicious anti-Semitic attack by two men of Middle Eastern appearance in a train station in Marseille, France on Thursday night. The attackers tore the Star of David chain from around the young woman’s neck, lifted up her shirt, painted a swastika on her stomach and then fled the scene. Local police opened an investigation into the attack but had not yet found the assailants

Middle Eastern appearance – you don’t say? Let’s hope Sarkozy wins and then moves against these vermin.

presidentielles

By ATWadmin On April 22nd, 2007 at 4:41 pm

Sky News has the best run down of candidates and a good illustration of the enviable wealth of choice in French democracy. They still moan there isn’t enough! (A cursory glance towards the US and UK should invite a re think). At any rate Belga News Agency is reporting that Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal will be in the presidential run-off. This is unconfirmed til 7pm when the media black out is lifted eg until the last polling stations close. As of 5pm today turnout was 73.87%, 15 points higher than 2002. The record for voter turnout was 85% in 1965.

FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

By ATWadmin On April 22nd, 2007 at 9:36 am

Just to say that I hope that Nicolas Sarkozy wins whe the French people vote in the French presidential elections today. I don’t agree with everything that he says but on a simple rule of thumb, if the UK media is against him, then he can’t be that bad! France needs to embrace change and Sarkozy offers the best chance of this. He seems pro-American, and for that alone he is to be welcomed. He also seems to appreciate the dangers of militant Islam – I guess he won’t capture too many votes in the banlieus. My opinion is that his Socialist rival, Ségolène Royal, is the UK media’s favourite (What a surprise that is, eh?) and they want her to win. Sarkozy however appears to be a man of some substance and therefore a man who offers France a chance to move forward rather than languishing in a  Chirac backwater. Hope the vote goes the RIGHT way.