In France, it is becoming more common that the Government is sending in police protection for Catholic Churches on key holidays claiming they may be target of Islamic attacks. This protection, which began for August 15th, 2015 was to protect Catholic churches in France placing them under police protection against possible Islamist attacks before the feast of the Assumption. They officially said:
“Every religious gathering, whatever its magnitude … is vulnerable today to acts of malevolence, which may extend to terrorism.”
Whether intended or not, this is creating a state of war atmosphere which naturally strengthens government. A reader from France took this picture on Christmas day showing the same trend of police protection for Catholic Churches they say are a target of Islamist terrorism.
Hi Mr Armstrong,
A single picture, taken during Christmas Mass, in rural France. Police forces have been ordered to protect Catholics attending the office.
The comments are : “Never thought we would end up this way”.
Government wants to show it is protecting the French People, but actually, it just put the most remote population of France in a wartime state of mind.
On December 5th, 2015, youth clashed with police in a separatist protest. This is the youth uprising – the lost generation that Socialism has turned into economic slaves. Some 500 young people responded to the call for Independence from France. This is a building movement which has picked up speed following the turning point of the Economic Confidence Model on September 30th and violent protests began on October 2nd, 2015. Youths began throwing stones and shooting flare guns clashing with police two days after the ECM in an attack which targeted a docked French customs boat in Corsica. This new shift post-ECM is calling for independence whereas pre-ECM it was primarily a trend of rising violence on the island which was a wave of labour strife.
The rising trend toward independence in Corsica took a new turn as demonstrators ransacked a Muslim prayer hall and set fire to copies of the Koran on Christmas Day. A reader from Corsica reports
Hi Mr Armstrong,
The situation keeps evolving in France. And it seems still in tune with Corsica.
Now Corsican regional government made it cristal clear that it sees things differently than the french government. The assembly president stated that “corsican is the language of Corsica”, responding to the french government who insists “french was the language of the french republic”.
As i said before, since the french revolution, the French State does not make a clear distinction between nationality/culture and citizenship. So, to be a “good citizen” means to become culturally french. Corsican are now able to openly question the definition framed 224 years ago, when the first french constitution was written (1791).
As you stated that 30th of december was a key date for the political trend, i noted that, in France, a powerful debate occured this very day after a former french minister, Nadine Morano, quoted Charles De Gaulle as defining the French people as a “white and christian nation”. I told myself that this meant it would be the frame of the political cycle from now on, i.e. “who is french ?”. The answer being a cultural / pre 1789 answer.
Following the massacres in Paris, the government wants to modify the constitution. Curiously, the socialist president decided he would include the possibility for a french born citizen who has another nationality to lose the french one. This is triggering a further debate about multiple nationalities, thus leading to crisis around the definition of the french nationality (jus sanguinis, jus solis).
Yesterday, muslims rioters attacked firemen in ajaccio (Corsica). They use to do it in France everywhere for Christmas and New Year. The corsican crowd reaction has been this : 300 peoples went to the near mosque and ruined it while calling for killing all the muslims. The slogans were “Arabi for” (“Arabs out” in corsican) and a call for national corsican unity.
It seems that the French Revolution ideals are completely falling apart : rise in french nationalist sentiment, separatism on an ethnic base, both fueled by anti-muslim reactions.