France

French voters in the U.S. have no use for Le Pen

Featured image Here is how the vote among French citizens living in the United States went in the presidential election, according to a post I saw on Facebook that cited an official government source: Macron: 51 percent Fillon: 25 percent Mélenchon: 10 percent Hamon: 5.5 percent Le Pen: 5 percent Macron and Fillon can be viewed as candidates of, respectively, the center-left and the center-right establishments. Mélenchon and Le Pen can be »

Macron and Le Pen are one-two in France [UPDATED]

Featured image Minutes ago, the “estimated” voting results in the first round of the French presidential election were released. Emmanuel Macron (“neither left nor right”) leads with 23 percent, followed by ultra-nationalist Marine Le Pen with 21. Conservative Francois Fillon and Communist Jean-Luc Mélenchon were both at 19.5. Hapless Socialist Benoit Hamon had around 7 percent of the vote. Either the French broadcast that presented these results didn’t say what, exactly, “estimated” »

Themes from a presidential campaign

Featured image Voting in the French presidential election occurred today for citizens living outside of France. My wife voted at the French embassy here in Washington. Citizens living in France will vote tomorrow. The French government sent a package to potential voters containing brief pamphlets from each candidate. The front page featured a picture and a slogan. Slogans can sometimes be revealing. “Make America Great Again” and “Hope and Change” were good »

Hard times for French Socialists

Featured image John wrote below about the sorry state of the British Labour Party. It has fallen so low that it’s reduced to advertising on Twitter for candidates. In France, the Socialist Party is the analog of the British Labour Party. It has fallen even lower. In the presidential election be held this weekend, the Socialist candidate, Benoit Hamon, is expected to finish fifth. That would make him, in effect, a fringe »

News Flash: Paris Terrorist Had Been Jailed For Trying to Kill Cops

Featured image The Daily Mail has the story, along with, as usual, an abundance of photos: A policeman was shot dead while two other officers were seriously injured by a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on the Champs Elysees in central Paris – just three days before the French presidential election. The alleged ISIS gunman, identified as 39-year-old Karim C – who was jailed for 20 years for trying to kill officers in 2001 – »

Terrorist Attack In Paris [Multiple Updates]

Featured image A little while ago, at least two men armed with Kalashnikovs attacked two Parisian police officers who reportedly were stopped at a light on the Champs-Élysées. They shot both officers. One was killed on the spot, the other died shortly later of his wounds. (This second death has not been officially confirmed at this time.) One of the attackers was killed at the site, while the other apparently escaped. Early »

New twists in the French presidential election

Featured image When I last wrote about France’s upcoming election, it looked like the Socialist party would nominate hard-leftist Benoit Hamon and that he would lose out in the first round of the general election to Francois Fillon of France’s conservative party, considered something of a Thatcherite, and Marine Le Pen of the National Front. It seemed to me that Fillon would have a decided edge in a two-way race against Le »

French Socialist party in trouble; story is similar throughout Europe

Featured image The French Socialist party held its primary yesterday in the race to succeed Francois Hollande as the party’s standard bearer. Hollande’s presidency has been such a disaster that he declined to stand for re-election. Former education minister Benoit Hamon came in first with around 36 percent of the vote. He will face former prime minister Manuel Valls, who captured around 31 percent of the vote. Hamon is a left-winger. He »

What to make of Francois Fillon

Featured image For almost as long as Power Line has been around, I have bemoaned the fact that France never produced a successful political leader willing to push Thatcherite/Reaganite economic policies. When Nicolas Sarkozy began to emerge, I held some hope that he might take France in that direction. However, I never really thought he’d take it far, and he didn’t. With Francois Fillon now in charge of France’s conservative party, there »

Bikinis Made Mandatory on Cannes Beaches

Featured image That isn’t quite right, but it’s close: the city of Cannes has banned the wearing of burkinis on local beaches: The mayor of Cannes has banned the wearing of burkinis – full-body swimsuits – on the beaches of the French Riviera resort famous for its annual film festival, officials said on Thursday. Mayor David Lisnard signed off on the ruling that “access to beaches and for swimming is banned to »

Trumpism in International Context

Featured image Back at the end of June, I shared the insights of French political philosopher Pierre Manent about the significance of Brexit (which he was for). Yesterday, the good folks at First Things posted a translation of a recent interview Manent gave to the Italian newspaper Il Foglio about the lessons of the recent Islamist attack on the French church. There’s one especially arresting question and answer that sounds like it »

The (de)iceman cometh

Featured image Yaron Steinbuch reports in the New York Post: “ISIS teen who killed priest passed background check for airport job.” Steinbuch notes that “[t]he bloodthirsty jihadist who executed a Catholic priest in France ‘easily’ passed a background check to become an airport baggage handler[.]” The murderer “worked full time at Chambéry Airport in the Savoie region, which is used by more than 250,000 passengers a year, until just three months ago[.]” »

In Normandy, ISIS “soldiers” slit priest’s throat, take nuns hostage

Featured image The Democrats declined to mention ISIS (or even terrorism) one time during the 61 speeches delivered on opening day of their convention, but the “jayvee” remains active nonetheless. Armed men (believed to be two in number) shouting “Allah Akbar” stormed a church in France during morning mass today. ISIS promptly declared that its “soldiers” carried out the attack. The church is in Normandy, near the gorgeous city Rouen — “the »

Donald Trump: “Extreme vetting” for French and Germans

Featured image Donald Trump says that people from France and Germany could face “extreme vetting” before entering the United States because their countries have been “compromised by terrorism.” Trump also argued that France and Germany are to blame for the terrorism that is “compromising” them. “It’s their own fault,” he said. “They allowed people to come into their territory.” Trump isn’t wrong to blame immigration policy for the terrorism rocking France and »

Another Lone Wolf Who Wasn’t

Featured image Prosecutor François Molins held a news conference today in which he updated reporters on the investigation into Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s terrorist attack in Nice. Molins said the investigation has revealed that Bouhlel plotted his attack over a considerable period of time, and had accomplices, several of whom have been arrested: The man who killed 84 people in a terrorist attack in Nice, France, last week planned his assault over several »

Netanyahu in 2014: Terror will come to France

Featured image In a nearby post I explore President Obama’s attitude toward Islamic terrorism and its consequences. His attitude is superficially sophisticated and seriously misguided. Obama of course detests Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in every way Obama’s better. Among other things, Netanyahu is rather more perceptive than Obama about the threats we face and how to deal with them. In the video clip below, he warns a French correspondent »

Trump’s Philosopher?

Featured image I noted here a month ago about how some French intellectuals have been saying “enough!” to the multiculturalism and other degradations that have caused Europe to embark on collective suicide, but today’s New York Times has a fascinating story about Alain Finkielkraut, a prominent and best-selling philosopher who is giving France the kind of straight talk that would make him the suitable philosopher for Donald Trump. Like most public intellectuals in »