Tuesday, January 17, 2006

France’s Muslim problem will only get worse

Stefan Kanfer:

In the wake of the L.A. riots, the French rushed to accuse the U.S. of racism—les Américains were incapable of dealing with their minorities fairly. It was always lynchings, beatings, violence à la Rodney King. And when l’affaire Katrina occurred, who was first to critique the U.S. for its shortcomings? Why, the French newspapers, naturellement. Libération was typical: the hurricane had “revealed America’s weaknesses: its racial divisions, the poverty of those left behind by its society.”

Such things, the French press haughtily implied, could never happen in the country of Voltaire, Hugo, and Proust. And then came the infamous night of October 27, 2005, when two Muslim teens fled a police identity check in a banlieue—a run-down Paris suburb called Clichy-sous-Bois. They scaled the wall of an electrical relay station and touched a transformer, which electrocuted them on the spot. Youths, mostly unemployed Muslims, heard the news and—as everyone now knows—rampaged. They burned cars, vandalized buildings, and pelted police with stones and bottles.

The violence spread to other banlieues outside Paris, and then to some 300 other French cities. Rifles went off, Molotov cocktails exploded, and people wound up burned and beaten, sometimes fatally. Cries of “Allahu Akbar” rang through the air, as did talk of turning Paris into “Baghdad-sur-Seine.” An Islamic website informed readers, “The cops are petrified of us. Everything must burn.” A young leader of the Arab European League spoke for many colleagues when he demanded that France allow Arab sections to govern themselves. “We reject integration when it leads to assimilation,” he stated. “We are at home here, and whatever we consider our culture to be, also belongs to our chosen country. I’m in my country, not the country of the Westerners.”

Before the riots literally burned themselves out four weeks later, more than a thousand vehicles had been destroyed, along with property worth millions of euros. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy called the rioters “scum,” but Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, one of the most vitriolic detractors of the U.S. administration, rushed to correct his colleague: “Let’s avoid stigmatizing areas.” For his part, President Jacques Chirac imposed a state of emergency and then engaged in some extravagant soul-searching. In an “I-feel-your pain” speech, he condemned racism, declared, “we are all aware” of discrimination, and called for equal opportunities for the young.

Hélas, high-sounding phrases will not help France recover from the problem it faces in integrating its millions of young, welfare-dependent, and increasingly alienated Muslims. France’s unemployment rate stands at about 10 percent, roughly twice the U.S. rate. The economy grows slowly—under 2 percent. Few new jobs are available for the angry and unskilled (except, of course, in the arts of destruction). Absent economic reform, the private sector is unlikely to create any jobs this year or next year or the ones after that.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the fascist French politico, made an impressive showing against Chirac in the last election. He lost, but insisted that the pendulum would soon swing his way. It is already in motion. The man who thought that the Holocaust was just “a detail of history” has all sorts of planks in his platform, but his real issue is immigration. Appraising Muslim ghettos long before the riots, he noted, “Massive immigration has just begun. It is the biggest problem facing France, Europe, and probably the world. We risk being submerged.”

Unless mainstream French politicians address that problem, conditions are ripe for Le Pen, and for others like him, to find enthusiastic audiences next time around. Meantime, the Islamic fuse grows shorter. Less than a month after the riots, in Clichy-sous-Bois, where the troubles had begun, French police seized illegal rifles, dynamite, and TNT from an Islamic militant group, said to have ties to al-Qaida’s leader in Iraq.

Denis Boyles’s recent book, Vile France, analyzed some troubling demographics. “Sometime this century,” the author predicted, “France will become a Muslim state, at which time France’s war with America will take an interesting turn.” A preview of what could be in store was on display in the fall of 2005. All viewers had to do was click on their remotes and watch la belle France, no longer smug, in a heads-on battle with its future.

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At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

French hypocrisy will be their downfall.

At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In France, today, it's worst than you can imagine...
A french guy.

At 1:39 PM, Blogger taghut said...

I live in the south of France surrounded by uncontrolable muslim youth who think they own the town and France. The problem is the French population who will not inform the police as they want a quiet life! and are affraid of retaliation. This leaves the police in an impossible situation as they feel they are working alone and unsupported.

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Historyscoper said...

The problem with the French govt., like all Western govts. is that it is full of history ignoramuses when it comes to Islam, else they wouldn't be surprised at the violent results of mass Muslim immigration. Don't be an Islam history ignoramus, learn the key facts of the rise, spread and core beliefs of this 7th cent. cult fast, free and accurate from the Historyscoper at

At 8:52 AM, Blogger ohhforgetmenot said...

do what they do in china, thats the only way to keep the muslim in control.
Do not be scared, fight and stand up, unite with confidence, you need to be crafty and they think they have won a pity argument but won fresh air.

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Objectivist said...

It is despicable what is happening in France. France in the cultural epicenter and the most densly beautiful country in the world. Immigration is destroying the great achievements of great cultures. Muslims have ruined their own countries, and now they will ruin the rest of the world, and good people are too high hatted, to afraid of being branded "racist" to do anything about it. The state of certain countries as "third world" is no accident of fate. Enjoy France now, before it is too late.

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At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an old news though the conditions are same. Im from india and we have the problem of which france is facing only 10%.World says india loves riots,nay!we dont like it,its inevitable.i just hate the fact that nothing like this can happem in an islamic country.

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At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm yet to meet a single level headed muslim in my life. I'm sick of these arrogant bastards who believe in an ancient cult and making lives of other people miserable.

Why cant they go back to the islamic hell holes and stop ruining the beautiful west?

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