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Is France Going National-Socialist?

A sinister trend breaks into the limelight.

by
Michel Gurfinkiel

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February 17, 2014 - 11:18 pm
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January 2014 will be remembered as an ominous turning point in French politics: the moment when explicit anti-Semitism was accepted again as a legitimate political view by at least a segment of the public.

First, there was the Dieudonné case. Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, 48, known as an artist as just Dieudonné, is an African-French former humorist who over the years has turned his shows into anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish gatherings. More recently he created and launched the “quenelle,” an inverted Hitlerian salute (one arm down, the other one touching the shoulder) to be used as an expression of contempt for Jews and everything related to the Holocaust.

As Dieudonné was about to start a grand tour of France in January, Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls issued orders and guidelines to préfets (local government commissioners) and mayors to ban his shows as public-safety risks. Moreover, the police raided Dieudonné’s home in Paris and found close to one million dollars in cash. Since Dieudonné and his wife and producer Noemie Montagne have repeatedly maintained they are nearly bankrupt, they may be investigated for tax evasion or money laundering.

While many citizens congratulated Valls for acting decisively against a dangerous agitator, many others — including in his own socialist and left-wing constituency — criticized him for “curbing free speech and expression” in line with his own “politically correct” agenda.

Valls, the most popular politician in the country and the most popular minister in François Hollande’s socialist administration, suffered instantly according to two polls released by mid-January: he fell from a 38% overall positive rating to 31% according to YouGov France; and from 59% to 53% according to the differently calculated Ipsos/Le Point survey.

Even more revealing and disturbing: only 38% of the French approved of the ban, while 32% opposed it, and 64% said that Dieudonné and Valls were in fact “comforting each other.”

Then, on January 26, there was Jour de Colère (Day of Anger), a rally against the François Hollande administration that attracted at least 20,000 people and possibly twice as many. Some of the demonstrators — clearly supporters of Dieudonné — repeatedly shouted anti-Semitic slogans: “Jew, France does not belong to you”; “the Holocaust is just a hoax.”

The other demonstrators did not seem to be greatly disturbed by the chanting, nor did the rally’s organizers bother to call the rogues to order, as Ivan Rioufol, a conservative commentator, observed the next day in Le Figaro.

In fact, Islamic militant groups have repeatedly voiced similar and even worse slogans for years during street demonstrations. The difference: they were doing it in Arabic, not in French, and thus were largely unnoticed by the media, if not the police. Unaware, people debating the issue of a resurgent anti-Semitism would resort in good faith to the reassuring remark that “after all, Nazis were not marching in Paris.”

Since the Jour de Colère rally, even die-hard optimists must recognize that this is no longer true. Nazis are marching in Paris, unchecked.

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Well, French politics are capable of producing nearly anything so why not? The "Myth of the Resistance" is intended to help Frenchman forget the fact that France was beaten by the Germans in less than a month and then set up the overtly collaborationist Vichy government. Even in "Occupied France" the Gallic bureaucracy continued to work like a watch under the their German overseers and aided in the transport of Jews to the eastern camps. For every member of the Resistance (and hats off to them) there were probably four or five Frenchmen that collaborated either sullenly or cheerfully with the Nazis. Could they have done otherwise? Who knows? Certainly France from 1939 to 1944 was hardly a "nation aflame" against their occupiers. Vichy lost no time in passing "racial laws" aimed mostly part against the Jews and set up internment camps that later were used as collection points by the Germans for Jews being shipped to the east. It's a horrible history and one has to wonder just how far these awful sentiments lurk behind the bland cosmopolitanism of modern France.
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France, and frankly, most of Europe, died in 1918. The noise you hear is the gas exiting the corpse. Something entirely different will exist there in a few decades...probably a Muslim republic, maybe some kind of fascist state in the Argentina mold, but the France of Roland, Louis XIV, Napoleon, and Voltaire is long gone and won't be back.
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What is so profound about French anti-Semitism? France has a looooong history with it going back to the Dreyfus trial and subsequent imprisonment. French Jews have quietly been migrating to Israel for several years now. They cite growing anti-Semitism, particularly among the increasing Muslim population as a main reason for leaving. When I was in Jerusalem in 2012, I was walking through a neighborhood not far from the Western Wall and noticed a significant number of apartments that looked relatively new. I inquired as to who was living there and was told, "mostly French," There also is a significant number of British Jews who have left for Israel also. Britain's Jewish population in 1980 was around 450,000. It is around 280,000 now according to figures I last saw in 2009. The new anti-Semitism is being played down in the western MSM. It's real despite all the denials.
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How can Soral "who started as a communist and switched to the Far Right " Huh? You are mixing concepts. Are you proposing that the term "Far Right" means anti-semitic? Why use that term? He is a communist that became racist. You are mixing Conservative politics with racism, which is very hard to find historically. The anti-semitic movements of Europe were either in leftist movements (Fascism and Communism) or in monarchies (usually a type of Fascism or simply a dictatorship).

Freedom and secured natural rights (the hallmarks of conservatism) simply don't coincide with racism or anti-semitism.
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Thanks for the piece. The comments below, particularly about free speech and how it relates to Israel and Zionism, should also reference the Muhammad a-Doura case. This was the incident, one of the first and perhaps the most successful of the Pallywood series, in which an Arab boy in Gaza was or was not killed during a firefight between PA and Israeli forces. In any case, it was proven that the IDF did not shoot him, yet by then one of the main French TV stations had broadcast the images (edited to make it look as though an IDF soldier assassinated the 12 year old) around the world. They were also picked up and lovingly rebroadcast by the major American networks (now no longer 'major). The French Jews who shone a light on this dark and twisted report of the event ended up being convicted of slander, though the judge acknowledged that the revelations of the fakery of the French TV report were true..
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Thank you Mr. Gurfinkiel for this truthful and well written article about the brewing unrest in my native country. So many Gallic issues, so many trampled liberties, so little time... The issues you describe are but drops in a bottomless pit of problems, too numerous to tell, such as the "marvelous" French model of equal poverty, equally limited opportunities (except for the elite) and the equal hopelessness brought on by equally limited rights.
The Jews were the first to leave (they always are, aren't they?); but it is not just the Jews, a recent French survey revealed that 50% of the French would like to leave as well... Imagine that! I got the heck out of that place 35 years ago and thank God for that.
Many French Jews are moving to Florida (where I live) and are now creating neighborhoods where no-one hunts them down for wearing a yumelka, a Megan David, or traditional Jewish attire. You should hear the stories they tell... but you already know them! N'est-ce pas?

On French blogs I saw pictures of "quenelle" at the entrance of Auschwitz, at Anne Frank's house, and in front of Synagogues. It shows a revealing degree of contemptious hate. Evidently the anti-Zionist media spreading bile about Israel for 40 years is as guilty for this negative mood as are the muslim newcomers. As Americans says "You reap what you sow"

So thank you, thank you for sounding the alarm and warning Americans.
A vous relire tres bientot.

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Whatever the French Right may be, they are not and will not be "Nazis".

Nazis were German and Austrian National Socialists in a form peculiar to Germany and Austria in the 1930s and 1940's.

Hysterical and alarmist rubbish like you have written here only serves to make enemies of the French Right and advance the agenda of the Left...and while it might not be polite to point it out among certain company, the Left has a far higher body-count of innocents than the Right could ever dream of.
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First of all, he appears to be defending Le Pen.

Secondly, a prediction was in fact made before the holocaust that it would occur, but it was thought that France would do it. As it was, the French authorities surprised the Germans with their willingness to turn French citizens who were Jewish (including small children) over to the Germans.

Thirdly, the Left (what makes you think anyone at this site likes the Left?) has a higher death toll, but that was because the Right was not given sufficient time.

Finally, what do you mean by "among certain company"?
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Yes...I am well aware of of the history of French antisemitism, the Dreyfus trials, Theodore Herzl's epiphany at same leading to the birth of Zionism, etcetera.

And as far as Leftophiles go, while people on this site may claim to abhor the Left and its agenda...everyone has cousins...and blood is thicker than water. Does that answer your question about "certain company"? If you need further clarification, its quite simple.... seeing the preponderance of Jews that are Leftists,( and indeed not just rank-and-filers, but actively setting and promoting the agenda), I don't ken that you'd be a popular fellow at Temple if you pointed out how many innocents were shoved under Mother Russia by Lenin and Stalin.

And then along comes this guy Gurfinkiel, hollering "Nazi!" at something that plainly isn't Nazi..."waving the bloody shirt", isn't he?

In politics as on the inter webs, Godwin's Law applies.

You might want to circulate a memo 'round the shtetl that it would be more helpful to reserve the use of "Nazi!" to those that actually ARE Nazis....broadening the appellation to smear those you disagree with or just don't like cheapens the impact.

Lastly, I find it lamentable that you can tell the future, and claim that the Right's hands would have been at least just as bloody as the Left's.

I offer you South America, the Mother House of Right Wing dictatorships from time immemorial... how many genocides have been committed down there?
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If the US and Canada would recognize French Jews as refugees from religious persecution, maybe then France would wake up.
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Marie Claude, how much do you get paid for doing your chauvinistic lepenist "reviewing" over and over ? Or are you really so dumb as not to see any difference between a conservative report and analysis on and of France, and a liberal/radical one ?
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Personally, I'd have to question how conservative Gurfinkel is, considering his think tank was named after Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who aside from being the most famous (or rather infamous) "father" of the French Revolution and its massacre of us Christians (not to mention the grandfather of Communism), was also identified as the father of the modern left. However, I ultimately agree with you. Marie, there already has been some information stated by your fellow Frenchmen and Frenchwomen (including Gurfinkel) confirming what had happened. To deny otherwise is simply disingenuous. I don't exactly like some bad things about my country of America (such as the Trail of Tears), but at least I don't deny they happened.
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Perhaps if you addressed yourself to some of her (?) points? Not disagreeing with you, but I think it would help.
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This is probably the most insightful and the most honest piece on France that I have ever read. The author does not indulge in overemotional or overconventional indignation about Nazis or neo-Nazis - nor in French-bashing, as so many Americans do. The way he makes distinctions between the various protest movements is also quite remarkable. His final warnings are all the more so to be taken seriously. Bravo !
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Mr. Garfunkiel is right on. In France he would be gagged, blacklisted, dragged in court, and made to shut up. Look up reporter Eric Zemmour and how he was trialed in a court of law for the words he used (he lost the case). Guy Milliere (the Intellectual) is in the same boat. The French have many laws against Free Speech, some of which Obama signed in favor of, in Egypt, in October 2009. "Hate Speech law", as it is called is made to gag anyone who refuses to conform to 'acceptable concepts'.
The Land of Voltaire is no-more. Mr. Garfunkiel finds a voice on the American internet thanks to the 1st amendment, but on the French internet his voice would be tightly monitored, and regulated.
God Bless America.
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Actually, I'd argue that the Land of Voltaire is still ongoing, because the French Revolution, the carnage that resulted from it, and heck, communism and socialism all derived from the likes of Voltaire, Rousseau, Sade, Diderot, and the like. Heck, Voltaire even made a blueprint to destroy Christianity. Probably should also point out that what you described about what would have happened to Gurfinkel is precisely what happened in the French Revolution with how dissidents or even bystanders were treated.

But yeah, I agree overall with your point.
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You make some very good points! The French revolution is indeed the root of all leftist evil, and France today bears witness to the destructive powers of such ideology. No wonder the likes of Pol Pot and Karl Mark went to Paris for "training"...
In my previous posting, I was referring to the spirit of Voltaire that inspired the 1st Amendment "I make not like what you say but will fight to the death... etc." I visited the Pantheon in Paris (where Voltaire's remains are held) and was surprised by the very Christian poetry on his sarcophagus (I believe the poetry was his) which may be symbolic of the dichotomy of his time, and a dichotomy that is pervasive to this day in French culture.

The French have replaced one God for the altar of secular-socialism. While the former brought them hope, the latter destroys the structure of (what used to be) a civil and socially conservative people. But they are blind to the subterfuge, having been bread to two gods - the god of socialism and the god of secularism. A centrally controlled school system regurgitates the indoctrination, while a leftist media stamp out any remnant of conservative thought. The problem with a society in which there is no God is that people are unhappy. They toil all year then bring involuntary offerings in the form of taxes to an all-powerful government deity, but it gives them no joy. If it did, “offerings” would be voluntary and their hearts would be filled.
The unhappiness of the French runs so deep, they are #1 amongst developed nations in their use of antidepressants.




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Yeah, though free speech is probably one of the reasons why France is like that right now. I remember reading in Ann Coulter's "Demonic" how the French press at the time of the leadup to the Revolution basically used their free speech and freedom of the press to make allegations, accusations, and downright lies about King Louis XVI (one infamous example was "Let them eat cake."), stir up a mob, and basically assassinate the king and his royal family before massacring each other for fun. I harbor a lot of distrust for Freedom of Speech precisely because that's exactly what it results in (and believe me, they had those freedom since otherwise, those writers and journalists would have been executed posthaste by Louis XVI just for speaking badly about him). Apparently Timothy Dwight found a blueprint made by Voltaire and a secret society of people who wished to destroy Christianity and warned people at Yale (which he was president of during the late 18th Century) of this. Here's a transcript, and I quote:

"“About the year 1728, Voltaire, so celebrated for his wit and brilliancy and not less distinguished for his hatred of Christianity and his abandonment of principle, formed a systematical design to destroy Christianity and to introduce in its stead a general diffusion of irreligion and atheism. For this purpose he associated with himself Frederick the II, king of Prussia, and Mess. D’Alembert and Diderot, the principal compilers of the Encyclopedie, all men of talents, atheists and in the like manner abandoned.



“The principle parts of this system were:



“1. The compilation of the Encyclopedie: in which with great art and insidiousness the doctrines of … Christian theology were rendered absurd and ridiculous; and the mind of the reader was insensibly steeled against conviction and duty.



“2. The overthrow of the religious orders in Catholic countries, a step essentially necessary to the destruction of the religion professed in those countries.



“3. The establishment of a sect of philosophists to serve, it is presumed as a conclave, a rallying point, for all their followers.



“4. The appropriation to themselves, and their disciples, of the places and honors of members of the French Academy, the most respectable literary society in France, and always considered as containing none but men of prime learning and talents. In this way they designed to hold out themselves and their friends as the only persons of great literary and intellectual distinction in that country, and to dictate all literary opinions to the nation.



“5. The fabrication of books of all kinds against Christianity, especially such as excite doubt and generate contempt and derision. Of these they issued by themselves and their friends who early became numerous, an immense number; so printed as to be purchased for little or nothing, and so written as to catch the feelings, and steal upon the approbation, of every class of men.



“6. The formation of a secret Academy, of which Voltaire was the standing president, and in which books were formed, altered, forged, imputed as posthumous to deceased writers of reputation, and sent abroad with the weight of their names. These were printed and circulated at the lowest price through all classes of men in an uninterrupted succession, and through every part of the kingdom.”"

Source: http://www.wnd.com/2006/04/35810/

The only way to fix France's problems is to restore Christianity to its absolute highest power in the country.

At this point, I suspect Voltaire only created/supported Freedom of Speech as a way to make a cheap shot at Christianity, and basically thought of "free" as in "Christianity destroyed" Sort of like how the Matrix movies associate freedom with Marxism/Anarchy.
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We don't teach the basics of anti-Semitism in our schools, let alone the Nazification of the Muslim world during the 20th century. See http://clarespark.com/2012/09/29/index-to-blogs-on-antisemitism/. It has a scary Saudi cartoon as one of the illustrations.
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Even before the Muslim immigration, France was notoriously anti-Semitic. And it was long realized that social democratic policies could lead to fascism or even Nazism. See http://clarespark.com/2010/08/14/index-to-blogs-on-hitlers-view-of-the-jewish-mind-2/?relatedposts_exclude=2697. And it will happen here if Dems continue their authoritarian regime.
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Of course the social and economic breakdowns you describe in France are identical with those in the United States.
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