In a wildly authoritarian move, French President Emmanuel Macron has declared the nation’s unvaccinated public to be “not citizens” of France, and claims he is intentionally just trying to “piss them off.” The bizarre and unlawful declaration comes as the French parliament debates new legislation that would eliminate unvaccinated people from public life entirely, even if they test negative for COVID-19. The moves belie the oft-repeated claim that COVID-19 vaccines are purely a health measure, especially in the face of new data from surrounding countries that proves the vaccinated are now more likely to contract, and therefore spread, the virus.
A second French polling institute has suggested that Eric Zemmour – France’s answer to Fox News host Tucker Carlson – might face Emmanuel Macron in the Presidential election run-off next April. While the French public has been widely aware of the conservative journalist and polemist since the early 2010s, he is beginning to garner international attention. Zemmour – born to a Berber Jewish family that left French North Africa during the Algerian war – grew up in the suburbs of Paris at a time of far fewer immigrants. He began his career as a journalist in the 1980s and quickly
France’s summer was marred by the rollout of a national vaccine passport and the ensuing protests which continue to take place every Saturday across the country. In the midst of this social tension, a politically significant event was given little note. In July, the French Interior Ministry – responsible for organizing national elections – presented the official dates for the upcoming and much anticipated 2022 Presidential election. While every French Presidential election runoff has occurred in early May since 1974, the government, with the approval of the nation’s council of Ministers, opted to advance the dates of the election to
Vice President Kamala Harris has begun to take calls on behalf of President Joe Biden, raising questions about his ability to do the job of President. The White House published a readout yesterday entitled “Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France.” It states: Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France, and expressed her commitment to strengthening bilateral ties between the United States and France and to revitalizing the transatlantic alliance. Vice President Harris and President Macron agreed on the need for close bilateral and multilateral cooperation to address COVID-19,
The French government is planning to allow a council of 35 randomly selected citizens to assist in formulating its COVID-19 vaccination program. According to Bloomberg News, President Emmanuel Macron is set to cede decision making abilities regarding its COVID-19 vaccine efforts to a council of randomly selected citizens: Further blurring its vaccine strategy, the government plans to select at random 35 citizens to form an ad-hoc committee charged with assessing the inoculation program as it unfolds. The plan has been derided as a gimmick by Macron’s political opponents and widely mocked on social networks. The controversial plan adds to a
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism; nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” said French President Emmanuel Macron last Sunday. He continued, “By saying we put ourselves first and the others don’t matter, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values.” This reminds me of an exchange between Enoch Powell and Margaret Thatcher. At a meeting of the Conservative Philosophy Group in London in the 1980s, the anti-war advocate Edward Norman presented a defense of British nuclear armament. His main point was that a nuclear Britain would
With the election of Emmanuel Macron as President of France, the two most powerful leaders in Europe — Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel — now share a certain characteristic: they have no children. (Hat tip: Gatestone Institute) Doing the work of raising the next generation is hard. It consumes resources. It requires sexual discipline. It carries the possibility of enormous, unique satisfactions if one’s children do well and offer their tribute of love and respect. It also carries with it the possibility of enormous, unique heartaches when children fail, betray, or are simply hurt by outside forces. Virtually every human society