The news coming out of France today is astonishing. The country's citizens seem prepared to pack it in - economically, culturally, demographically and politically.
According to exit polls, Nicholas Sarkozy will end up in a run-off with Segolene Royal for the presidency. Sarkozy is considered a Conservative because he freely admits that France's economic situation is growing progressively worse due to the fact that people there simply don't work very much and expect to be coddled from cradle to grave. Additionally, he also realizes that the multicultural efforts of France have helped create a growing and disaffected Muslim minority that is often terrorizing the rest of the nation. There is no debating these facts because they are a stark reality.
Royal, on the other hand, is a socialist. She vows to rollback the extremely modest economic reforms of Jacques Chirac. Chirac, amusingly, was also considered a Conservative which shows the incredible disparity between a European Conservative and a North American Conservative inasmuch as Chirac spent much of his 12 years in power kowtowing to every anti-western, anti-democratic and/or far-left (by our standards) interest he could find.
Amazingly, according to the pollsters and political pundits, it would appear Royal will beat Sarkozy in the run-off even though the results in the first stage of the election looked to favour Sarkozy.
I think that North Americans, by and large, have gotten used to the idea that France is no friend of our continent. Chirac and his toadies like Dominique De Villepin have repeatedly made that clear. In Canada, in fact, it's been clear for much longer than that - ever since De Gaulle backed the Quebec separatists some 30 years ago when he pronounced, "Vive le Quebec Libre" (which roughly translates to "Up the Free Quebec".)
It is also no surprise that the French pig-headedly refuse to face their economic woes. Every attempt by its governments to cut back on the ridiculously short work weeks and the generous but incredibly shortsighted benefits has been met with protests, anger and widespread opposition (not to mention riots, car burnings and violence).
But, what is surprising is that the French, who've long prided themselves on their particular form of arrogance, are willing to pack it in so easily and go quietly into that crescent-mooned night. Not that anyone here should give a shit; in fact, maybe it will end up being a valuable lesson to the Germans, Dutch, Swedes, British and other European nations who have allowed political correctness and economic stupidity to send them teetering to the brink of cultural annihilation. I guess it couldn't happen to a more deserving European country; France is not only anti-Western it is intensely Judeophobic and has been for centuries, regardless of what their politicians would have us believe.
I do kind of feel sorry for people like 60-year-old Eliane de Pouzolz, a retired secretary in the poor Paris suburb of Clichy-Sous-Bois, where three weeks of nationwide youth rioting started in 2005. Quoted after casting her ballot, she commented, "Politicians talk a lot but nothing ever changes. France is stuck."
Sorry, Madame de Pouzolz, it's a lot worse than that. France is unhinged and doomed.