February 13, 2006


Sarkozy shows Conservatives the right way to win power (Simon Heffer, 14/02/2006, Daily Telegraph)

Last week saw a great advance in the campaign by Europe's most exciting politician, Nicolas Sarkozy, to become Europe's most exciting leader. The French interior minister announced a plan called immigration choisie, which, as the name suggests, would lead to a more rigid selection of immigrants. [...]

M Sarkozy's announcement was greeted with a mixture of annoyance and rapture. The annoyance came from colleagues in the ruling UMP, who see him playing a populist card to secure the party's nomination for next year's presidential election and, then, to secure the Elysée Palace itself.

It was shared with politicians of other parties, such as the Socialist party, which likes to smell racism wherever it can, and the Front National, which sees M Sarkozy as a man sent by the devil to drive down its vote.

The rapture, though, was shared widely among the French people, who feel utterly betrayed by their rulers on immigration, and who showed that feeling at the 2002 election by putting the FN leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the run-off with Jacques Chirac.

Now, at last, they feel they have a mainstream politician who will articulate and respond to their fears, and who will speak for France.

Peoples who define themselves by blood and soil and who haven't the spiritual zest to reproduce themselves must be especially afraid of immigration. Indeed, it seems doubtful they'll long tolerate their current immigrant populations.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 13, 2006 11:10 PM

Perhaps Europe is not so hopeless after all.

Posted by: Carter at February 13, 2006 11:26 PM

Cultural triumphalists are used to being falsely accused of being racists.

Even though the Nazis were soundly defeated, their conflation of race and culture is alive and well in some circles.

Those who follow the Gospel teaching of anti-racism reject the suggestion that an African may not become a man of the West, or a Pole a Roman.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 13, 2006 11:57 PM

Isn't Sarkozy the son of immigrants?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 14, 2006 12:34 AM

If they had any hope they'd have children.

Posted by: oj at February 14, 2006 7:15 AM

No one hates the next wave of immigrants more than the children of the last.

Posted by: oj at February 14, 2006 7:19 AM

"It only seems that way because we restricted immigration between 1924 and 1964, allowing assimilation to occur. So by all means, let's use the past as a guide."

I think Eric Hoffer made the point in True Believer that the restriction probably aided the rise of fascism in Europe given how ambitious, young hotheads had to remain in their increasingly warped societies.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at February 14, 2006 8:25 AM