Everything you need to know about where France is headed is shown in the captioned photo above. It is a picture to strike fear into every progressive and send them scurrying to the nearest Safe Space.
Pictured alongside the progressive world’s nemesis, Vladimir Putin, is the likely next French President, François Fillon. We say ‘likely’ not just because he beat his fellow centre-right opponents Nicolas Sarkozy and the moderate Ali Juppé in a recent primary, but since this is what Putin wants. As we know only too well in the United States, once Putin has resolved to rig an election by ensuring ‘the votes are counted ahead of time’ and spreading general propaganda, Putin usually gets his man.
France is a country that is globally admired for its famous 35-hour working week, generous retirement provisions, beautiful countryside, and successful immigration policies. Despite these successes, however, it seems Fillon wants to turn back the clock and put France firmly in the 19th century again. He plans to slash public spending, force employees to work even longer hours, and reduce pension benefits, all apparently with the intention of ‘balancing the budget’. The inherent assumption is that public finances and economic growth are the only measures of success worth being concerned with; whatever happened to other more important proxies such as happiness, spiritual well-being, long summer holidays, and the easy availability of cheap wine?
As for immigration, Fillon seems blind to the cultural enrichment that France has enjoyed over recent years. He claims that a small number of terrorist incidents in 2016 taken by a number of lone gunmen/sole assailants at the Bataclan, Charlie Abdo, Essone, Nice, Goutte d’Or, Strasbourg, Saint-Etienne, Magnanville, Garda-Colombe, Valence, Notre Dame, Stade de France etc. all show a pattern about ‘Islamic terrorists’. Tragic though these events were, we are at a loss in understanding how Fillon is able to draw such a conclusion from such a statistically insignificant sample? I guess we must assume bigotry/general racism and Islamaphobia.
We are confident that the French people will reject this extremist politician at the first round of the 2017 elections. Unfortunately, there is always a small chance that Putin will again get his man.