Lights out for France. The French have chosen not to be so “racist” and “Islamophobic” as to resist the jihad that is being waged against them with ever greater ferocity. Europe as a whole, too, appears to be poised to make the same choice, and vote itself out of existence. And then it will be America’s turn.
“Victory for the young, pro-EU centrist will be greeted with relief in key European capitals,” yes, and with grief among those who have dared to cherish the hope that the West would make a last stand for freedom. Instead, the French have voted overwhelmingly for the proposition that to defend one’s nation and culture is “bigoted.” And so decent French people will not defend these things, and all will be well, and all manner of thing will be well, until the final jihadist blade severs the last French non-bigot’s head from his neck.
“Emmanuel Macron wins French presidential election,” by Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Irish Times, May 7, 2017:
Emmanuel Macron has been elected president of France, according to projections, with the 39-year-old centrist winning 65.1 per cent of the vote to defeat far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
The result is a remarkable triumph for Mr Macron, a former banker who has never held elected office and is now set to become the country’s youngest head of state since the creation of the modern French republic. He will also be the first non-party president, and his ability to form a stable government will hinge on the outcome of legislative elections next month.
Mr Macron won 65.1 per cent, according to a projection announced by France 2 television at 8pm French time (7pm Irish time) on Sunday, with Ms Le Pen trailing on 34.9 per cent. Turnout was estimated at 74 per cent, the lowest in the second round of a French presidential election since 1969.
Victory for the young, pro-EU centrist will be greeted with relief in key European capitals. Mr Macron, who served as economy minister under president François Hollande from 2014- 2016, positioned himself as an economic and social liberal, as an advocate of free trade and European integration.
A shock win for Ms Le Pen would have upended French politics and plunged the EU into a fresh crisis. On the campaign trail, the Front National figurehead had pledged to close borders, withdraw France from the euro zone and scrap trade treaties.
But even in defeat, the 48-year-old’s vote is projected to be about twice what her party scored the last time it reached the presidential second round, in 2002, illustrating the scale of voter disaffection with mainstream politics in France.
Fusing the nativist, anti-immigrant policies with which her father, Jean-Marie, established the Front National as a force in French politics, with her own anti-globalisation and protectionist rhetoric, Ms Le Pen significantly expanded the party’s base….