Our cheese eating neighbours have learnt from our stupidity and rejected far right populism
Yesterday, the largely apathetic French public delivered a stunning blow to the far right and its insane ideas by re-electing Emmanuel Macron for another term.
In Marine Le Pen, you had a Putin lackey ( it is an open secret that she had accepted money from the Russian strongman), who was prepared to sacrifice her country and replicate what the English Conservative and Unionist party had done to theirs.
Had the racist anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Le Pen won, the expectations were that she would place her country firmly on the path to doing what the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland did: breakaway from the European Union.
That Ms. Le Pen was hundreds of thousands of votes away from seizing power in a supposedly major democracy is incredibly scary and a major cause for concern.
But anyone who has a basic knowledge of French history would also recognize the degree to which its polity has always been fragile.
When the French had their backsides handed to them by the Prussians(Germany made up a large chunk of Prussia) in the 1870s, this led to parts of the country being annexed by the victors and much more importantly, this allowed a bunch of losers, known as the Paris Commune to run the affairs of the country for a few months.
History was to repeat itself during the second world war, when Adolf Hitler was firing on all cylinders. This time, the entire nation was under the Nazi regime. Those who couldn’t stomach this arrangement like General De Gaulle ran away and went to seek refuge in Britain, speaking to his compatriots via the BBC.
When the Allies liberated France in 1944 and the Free French stepped into power, La Republique Francaise had to all intents and purposes become a third world country and it had to dissolve its constitution in 1958. This was due to the inability of the government to resolve the raging political issues of the day. By this, I am referring to the war of independence in Algeria, which threatened to set the nation on course for a bloody civil war, hadn’t been for De Gaulle’s intervention.