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France is an odd country. To this, even French people will attest. Some will even be proud of it and call such difference ‘L’exception Francaise’ – by which they refer to an imagined opt-out clause in the country’s embrace of American modernity.

Another way of saying it would be “Yes we have McDonalds in Paris, but we also throw chairs through the windows.”

While L’exception is largely mythical, it is certainly true that France is a much wilder country than those of the Anglosphere.

For a start, it does not yet have the tedious two-horse stitch-up which governs Britain, Australia and the US. While there are Social Democrats and Conservatives in the Assemblée Nationale, there are also Communists, Fascists and radical liberals. Proportional representation keeps history on life-support here, and will not soon let it end.

As a consequence of this superior political process, France boasts a considerably more fluid and dynamic society. I remember once walking through Paris looking for the Jewish quarter and only noticing I had found it when I saw a huge poster proclaiming ‘Kahane avait raison!’. If you compare that to the sleepy neighbourhoods of Golders Green, you can realize my point.

With these things in mind then, perhaps the increasing radicalization of French society should come as little surprise.

You may not have read about them in the mainstream press, but a cluster of stories from France suggest the country is edging dangerously close to a political precipice. I’ve selected just three, but there are many more out there to be found.

The first of these occurred on the 21st of May 2013. On this day, a Conservative historian named Dominique Venner wrote a final, emotive post on his personal blog page. After this, he headed out to the famous Notre Dame cathedral wherein he committed suicide with a pistol. This is an extract from that final post:

“It should be clear that France may well fall into the hands of the Islamists. For 40 years, politicians and governments of all parties (except the National Front), as well as employers and the Church, have been actively accelerating Afro-Maghrebi immigration by every means… The May 26 protestors cannot ignore this reality. Their struggle cannot be limited to the rejection of gay marriage. The “great replacement” of the population of France and Europe, denounced by the writer Renaud Camus, is a far more catastrophic danger for the future.

It is not enough to organize polite street protests to prevent it. This is a real “intellectual and moral reform,” as Renan said, and should be conducted as such from the start. It must make possible the recovery of French and European memory of our identity, the need for which is not yet clearly perceived.

It certainly will require new, spectacular, and symbolic gestures to stir our somnolence, shake our anesthetized consciousness, and awaken the memory of our origins. We are entering a time when words must be authenticated by deeds.”

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Venner was clearly trying to create ‘propaganda of the deed’. Like Breivik, he wanted to be the coin which causes the windfall to clatter down from the gambling machine; the drop which heralds the storm. Though Gay marraige (then about to pass into French law) was undoubtedly a provocation for the right, it was the growing Islamic presence in France which pained Venner most and which dominated his later journalism.

And in that he is far from alone.

A second incident occurred about a month from Venner’s demise. On this occasion, a serving French soldier was arrested in Lyon for plotting a bomb attack on a local Mosque. The police reported that the suspect had already amassed sufficient equipment for the attack and was qualified (by his profession) to carry it out, in which case (should the charges hold true), the incident may have only been narrowly averted. 

Finally, in the town of Trappes last week, over twenty cars were set on fire by Muslim rioters angered by police enforcement of the ban on the Islamic Niqab  (incorrectly referred to by English-speakers as the ‘burka’). This incident marks just the latest flare-up in an increasingly explosive confrontation between Muslims and the French state over the garment, and equally violent scenes have been reported in Paris and Marseilles. 

There are two synergistic forces at work here: One of radicalized Natives itching for civil war, and another of hostile Islamists itching for the same. Add to this cauldron the issue of unemployment, a collapsing Euro, and an unpopular government and you have a recipe for disaster.

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The electoral politics of France have also been affected by these forces.

Of all the European Nationalist movements currently in operation, none is closer to gaining power than Le Front National. Once written off as politically dead, this much-maligned collective (recently revamped by a transfer of leadership from reptilian anti-Semite Jean-Marie Le Pen to his more photogenic and agreeable daughter Marie) is now considered (even by the Left) to be a serious contender in both local and national elections. 

The number of FN activists has also risen sharply since the victory of socialist President Francois Hollande. When one considers some of the policies of the Hollande regime, the reason for this increase becomes obvious –

“Hollande’s government has (since 2012) endorsed 150 new mosque projects including a mega-mosque in Paris that was touted as a step towards “progressively building a French Islam.”  Hollande also promised to grant amnesty to all 400,000 illegal Muslim immigrants and to modify the laws so non-citizen Muslim residents can vote in the municipal elections in 2014.” – Ryan Mauro, Frontpagemag. 

Some might say the radicalization of the French was inevitable. The republic, after all, has the largest Muslim population in Europe and has held this title for quite some time. But the sheer regularity of Native terror plots, Islamist riots, and radical political gains should merit the concern of all Europeans. 

France has always been a wild country, but it has never looked as dangerous as it does today.

D, LDN.

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