Perhaps some French readers of Jihad Watch can fill me in on Philippe de Villiers; I don't know if he is "far right" just because he is speaking forthrightly about the Islamization of France (as Bat Ye'or, who has never been a figure of the Right, has been tarred because of her ground-breaking work in uncovering the machinations of Eurabia), or if he is really a "far right" politician.
In any case, if he is, this is another indication of how the abdication of responsibility of the mainstream political parties all over Europe has created an opportunity which the racist fringe is all too eager to take advantage of. The Islamization of France, and of Europe, is a reality, as we have abdundantly documented here, and has been harrowingly recounted by Bruce Bawer in While Europe Slept. It is not a matter of race, but of ideology. It should not be the concern only of Rightists, but of any and all who believe in the equality of dignity and rights of all people. The mainstream European parties, Left, Right, and Center, should be talking about Islamization. That they are not, and that it is only a "Far Right" issue, is an indication of their cowardice and intellectual and moral bankruptcy.
More's the pity, because the more that the cultural and societal defense of Europe is seen only as a "Far Right" issue, the more people of good will will turn away from it, and continue to believe that the right combination of concessions, accommodations, and multiculturalist initiatives will set everything right.
Well, it won't.
PARIS (Reuters) - A far-right French politician launched his 2007 presidential campaign on Sunday denouncing what he called the Islamisation of the country and declaring Islam incompatible with France's secular values.
Philippe de Villiers, head of the anti-immigrant Movement for France (MPF) party, also charged that Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport was endangered by Islamist radicals who he said had infiltrated the ground staff there.
Villiers has stirred up controversy in recent weeks with increasingly tough statements about Muslims, which critics call racist and officials describe as exaggerated. France's 5 million Muslims make up the largest such minority in Europe.
"I am the only politician who tells the French the truth about the Islamisation of France," he said in a Europe 1 radio interview kicking off his campaign for the election next year.
He plans to publish on Thursday a book entitled "The Mosques of Roissy" detailing his charges about radicals at the airport. His main rival on the far-right, National Front head Jean-Marie Le Pen, has also stepped up his preparations for the 2007 vote.