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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7191)10/8/2021 10:52:56 PM
From: Joachim K
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France: Eric Zemmour Now Pulls Ahead of Marine Le Pen

OCT 8, 2021 10:00 AM

BY HUGH FITZGERALD 22 COMMENTS



The latest Harris poll has just released its results, and Eric Zemmour, coming out of nowhere as a political figure, has pulled ahead of Marine Le Pen. The latest heartening news is here: “Zemmour seen breaking Macron-Le Pen duopoly in 2022 French election – poll,” Reuters, October 6, 2021:

The hard-right political talk-show star Eric Zemmour has gained more ground and would reach the second round runoff vote in France’s presidential election next April, a Harris Interactive opinion poll showed on Wednesday.

There is nothing that justifies calling Eric Zemmour, a classic old-fashioned free-market liberal, ”hard-right.” The epithet is affixed for one reason only: Zemmour is alarmed about the effect on France of the millions of Muslims now living in the country, whom he believes to be unassimilable and a danger to the French people and state. This puts one in mind of those who mislabeled the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, both a liberal and a libertine, as “far-right,” without the slightest evidence save his islamocriticism.

The poll is the first since Emmanuel Macron won the presidency in 2017 to upend the long-anticipated scenario of a repeat knockout contest between Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

A divisive figure who has made a career pushing the bounds of political correctness on subjects such as immigration and national identity, Zemmour has emerged in past months from the pack to become one of the most popular candidates.

Zemmour is maligned as a “divisive” figure because he dares to point out some home truths about Islam and Muslims. Muslims themselves, who divide the world uncompromisingly between Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb, who see themselves as the “best of peoples” and non-Muslims as “the most vile of created beings.” There is no more “divisive” figure in the history of the world than Muhammad.

The Harris Interactive poll showed Zemmour winning 17% (up 4 points on a late September “poll) of voter support, beating Le Pen on 15% and any one of the three challengers vying for the centre-right ticket.

Macron would best Zemmour 55%-45% in the second round, the poll showed. Macron beat Le Pen 66%-%34 in the run-off in 2017. The Harris Interactive poll showed Macron against Le Pen at 53%-47%, were she to get through this time.

Zemmour, 63, who holds convictions for inciting hatred, has not formally thrown his hat in the ring, but he is behaving every bit the challenger choosing his moment to act, describing himself as a “candidate in the debate”, quitting his prime-time chat-show spot to comply with electoral rules and publishing a book “France Has Not Yet Said Its Final Word”.

Zemmour’s “inciting hatred” amounts mostly to this: He declared on television that “French people with an immigrant background were profiled [in his book] because most traffickers are Blacks and Arabs… it is a fact.” Zemmour was supported by several personalities, including the founder of Reporters Without Borders and the Mayor of Béziers, Robert Ménard.

On March 23, 2010, Zemmour wrote to the the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA), explaining his views; he cited the book L’Islam dans les prisons by Farhad Khosrokhavar, which confirmed the figure of 70 or 80% of “Muslims in prison”; on receiving this letter, LICRA withdrew its legal proceedings against Zemmour.

Zemmour paints himself as a political outsider in tune with an alienated middle class and in his book draws parallels between himself and former U.S. President Donald Trump.

Zemmour doesn’t “paint himself” as a “political outsider.” He is a “political outsider.” He has not come up through the ranks; he’s been a writer, journalist, analyst, polemicist and both a television host and guest; he has never run for elective office.

The poll showed Macron beating all main challengers in the second round, including Xavier Bertrand. Bertrand is running against Valerie Pecresse, head of the Ile de France region, and former European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for the mainstream right ticket.

Zemmour now seems likely to defeat not only Le Pen, but also all the other possible rivals to Macron, including the center-right candidates Xavier Bertrand and Valérie Pécresse. In a Macron-Zemmour contest, Macron would at this point, according to the Harris poll, defeat Zemmour 55% to 45%. That means Zemmour needs to change the minds of just a little over 5% of the French electorate to win. Muslims now make up 8% of the French population, and about 5% of the electorate; presumably, almost all of the Muslims who bother to vote in France will vote for Macron. In other words, Zemmour could be kept from the Presidency – even if the majority of indigenous French supported him — by the Muslim vote alone. That’s a realization that should alarm non-Muslim voters, perhaps enough to scare them, despite the reluctance of some because of their distaste for his “conviction for incitement to racial hatred” (despite the fact that Muslims are not a “race” and that he has never preached or incited “hatred” of any group) into voting for Eric Zemmour. It may be the last time, given inexorable demographic changes, that the non-Muslim voters in France will be able to determine their own political destiny.

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7192)10/9/2021 8:31:05 AM
From: Tom Clarke
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I feel bad for LePen. She's worked in the trenches for years defending tradition, the lone voice. Getting kicked to the curb should not be her reward.

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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7193)10/9/2021 9:45:02 AM
From: Joachim K
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French politics can be brutal.


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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7193)10/10/2021 1:23:58 PM
From: Joachim K
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Eric Zemmour’s Phenomenal Political Rise

OCT 10, 2021 10:00 AM

BY HUGH FITZGERALD

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The writer, essayist, polemicist, journalist, and television personality Eric Zemmour, the author of two brilliant bestsellers — Le Suicide français and the just-published La France n’a pas dit son dernier mot, or “France hasn’t said its last word,” which sold 200,000 copies the first week it appeared in French bookstores — has been upsetting all kinds of apple-carts in French politics. Before he has even declared his candidacy, in a month he has more than doubled, from 7% at the beginning of September to 15% at the beginning of October, the percentage of the electorate that favors him for president. Meanwhile, Marine Le Pen – Zemmour’s chief rival on the Islamocritical right, has in the same period seen a decrease of 6% in the percentage of the electorate that favors her, dropping from 22% to 16%. And she keeps sinking, while Zemmour keeps rising, in the polls, and at 15%, is now running neck-and-neck with Le Pen.

When Zemmour appears on television for interviews with hostile hosts, who interrupt his every second sentence, trying to prevent him from speaking even though he had been invited on, presumably, so that he might explain his positions, he manages nonetheless to keep calm, and to express, lucidly, with force, with eloquence, his fears for the future of France and what he thinks must be done to secure that future. For one example of his ability to deal so effectively with his often aggressive and hostile interlocutors, see this example, an encounter with the abysmal television journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin. The comments underneath the video are full of praise for Zemmour’s brilliant and superhumanly patient performance in the face of Bourdin’s constant and maddening interruptions. Similar comments can be found at the dozens of videos of Zemmour’s recent appearances – both interviews and debates – on French television. No one has been able to lay a finger on him, to cause him to lose his cool, to depart from his wonted sobriety: not the bien-pensant spouter of commonplace sophistries, Jean-Jacques Bourdin, not the Franco-Arab Léa Salamé, not the far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon. Zemmour goes from televised strength to strength. And with six months to go before the first contest that will determine which two candidates will face each other in the presidential election, he has plenty of time to win over many more of Marine Le Pen’s supporters, to find support, too, among center-right voters who would never have voted for Le Pen, and to approach, or even surpass, Macron’s steady one-quarter of the electorate. The rest of the votes in that first turnout will be divided between the right’s Marine Le Pen, the center-right candidates Xavier Bertrand and Valérie Pécresse, the Communist Jean-Luc Melenchon, and the ecologist candidate, Yannick Jadot.

Emanuel Macron, holding steady in all the polls at between 24% and 27%; appears unlikely to poll higher or lower in the first election. He has always assumed that, as in the 2017 race, his rival would be Marine Le Pen. He certainly wanted her to be the candidate; he handily beat her before and was confident he could beat her again. She is not quick on her feet; her debate with Macron did her little good. Macron never expected the quick-witted intellectual Eric Zemmour to come out of nowhere, to enter politics (he still hasn’t formally declared himself a presidential candidate), and to be his opponent as the newly-anointed head of the Islamocritical right. If Zemmour does keep rising in the polls, as all of a sudden many astonished prognosticators now predict – some with horror, others with joy – he will be the one to face Macron. Those French who fear for the future of their country, of whom there are many, and more every day, should propel Eric Zemmour – cometh the hour, cometh the man — into the presidency.

“Presidential race 2022: Zemmour records a strong surge, Le Pen is weakening and Macron is holding steady,” translated from “Présidentielle 2022 : Zemmour enregistre une forte poussée, Le Pen s’affaiblit et Macron se maintient,” by Dinah Cohen, Le Figaro, October 4, 2021:

SURVEY – If the duel between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen has not yet been called into question, the candidate supported by the RN has dropped by six points in one month.

With less than seven months to go until the presidential election, uncertainty reigns. According to our new Ifop Fiducial survey, carried out for Le Figaro and LCI, the figures, rather stable until now, were struck by a surprise guest: Éric Zemmour. After receiving 7% in our last study in September, the polemicist recorded a clear surge by being credited with 12 to 15% of support from intended voters according to the assumptions on the right.

“This pre-campaign is accelerated by the Zemmour phenomenon, which is indeed a phenomenon and not a media construction,” observes Frédéric Dabi, director of Ifop. “This is an unprecedented breakthrough six months before the vote on the part of someone who does not belong to the political realm and who is still not a candidate,” he adds.

Marine Le Pen “is not dynamic”

In his rise, the former journalist weakens both Marine Le Pen and the right by capturing 18% of the Lepéniste electorate in 2017, and 24% of the Fillonist electorate. “Overall, we see more of a traditional right-wing electorate: elderly, retirees and graduates,” comments Frédéric Dabi.

The Consequence for the candidate supported by the National Rally: Marine Le Pen drops six points in just one month and falls below the symbolic bar of 20%. Only the scenario – which seems unlikely – where Eric Ciotti would be the Republican candidate would allow him to stay at 21%. The contender remains in the lead among Emmanuel Macron’s opponents, and her duel with the latter is not in question. But the former president of the incendiary party “is not in dynamic,” as noted by the director of Ifop.

Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, largely retains his favorite position. With 24 to 27% of intended voters, the tenant of the Élysée makes a rare performance. “We haven’t seen that since Mitterrand who, at the start of the 1987 election year, was in the lead with even better results,” notes Frédéric Dabi. Above all, “everything is moving around him, whether it is the electoral field on the left or on the right. But he moves very little,” specifies the expert, who emphasizes” a pole of stability in a political landscape which one has never before been so uncertain and fragmented.”

On the right, Xavier Bertrand still keeps his lead against Valérie Pécresse, Michel Barnier and Éric Ciotti. He thus seems the most able to “contain the Zemmour push.” As for the left, the fragmented field does not allow candidates to benefit from any momentum. Recently designated winner of the environmentalist primary, Yannick Jadot (8%) benefits from a “small effect” and “symbolically” climbs ahead of his competitors, but remains within the margin of error, as Frédéric Dabi reminds us.

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7195)10/10/2021 5:55:15 PM
From: Tom Clarke
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On this day in 732, at Tours, France, Charles Martel kills Abd el-Rahman and halts the Muslim invasion of Europe. Deus Vult.

The Battle of Tours, 10 October 732, Decisive for the Survival of Christendom
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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7196)10/11/2021 9:46:35 PM
From: Joachim K
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Compulsory Vax in France?
Posted on October 10, 2021 by Baron Bodissey





It’s important to note that this French bill requiring all citizens to be “vaccinated” against the Wuhan Coronavirus is still a proposal — it hasn’t been passed. If it does pass, it will be the first law of its kind to be enacted in a Western country.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the German-language service of RT:

Forced vaccinations for everyone? According to a new French bill — Yes

The French Senate’s Social Committee has tabled a bill that would make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory for all French citizens. If the bill passes, France could become the first country where citizens are compulsorily vaccinated against COVID-19

The Social Committee of the French Senate has introduced a bill that will make it mandatory for all citizens to be vaccinated against COVID-19 from January 1, 2022 . The proposed vaccination mandate was introduced on October 4 by Senator Bernard Jomier , a doctor and senator from Paris.

The vaccination requirement would come into force on January 1, 2022, and anyone failing to comply would be fined €135 under Article 519 of the French Code of Criminal Procedure. In the event of repeated violations of the obligation to vaccinate, the fine may be increased to up to €1,500. The French Senate will hold a public session on October 13 to discuss the proposed amendment to the Public Health Law before it is sent to the National Assembly.

On September 15, the French parliament approved the mandatory vaccination for all healthcare workers announced by Macron in July. This regulation affected over 2.5 million French people who work in hospitals, emergency services, retirement homes and for private doctors. The regulation also applied to firefighters across France.

Since it was launched, at least 3,000 healthcare workers across France have been suspended for refusing to take the vaccine. As of October 6, about 75 percent of the French population have received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, with 72.8 percent of them fully vaccinated.

If approved, France could become the first country where citizens are compulsorily vaccinated against COVID-19.

Afterword from the translator:

I have family in France, and so far they’ve successfully avoided this genocide. If this goes through, I’ve no idea what they’re going to do. I seriously hope that this will make the people of France rise up even more and break the Maquereau’s and his evil ilk’s NECK beneath Madame Louisette.


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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7196)10/13/2021 6:33:48 PM
From: Joachim K
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Archbishop of Canterbury decries Christians’ ‘history of sin of force,’ says to Muslims:

‘Let us be people of peace’

OCT 12, 2021 1:00 PM

BY ROBERT SPENCER

55 COMMENTS

From the looks of this article, Welby didn’t say a word about Muslims’ history of “the tragic sin of force,” or about the ongoing Muslim persecution of Christians in Nigeria and elsewhere today. Nor does there seem to have been any reciprocal appeal from any Muslim leader. The outreach, in this case as in every other case, is all in one direction only. But no one ever seems to notice, care, or ponder the implications of that.



“Welby in Egypt: Christians and Muslims must work together for peace,” by Gerald Butt, Church Times, October 11, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has urged Christians and Muslims to work together in the cause of peace, acknowledging that, at times in the past, Christians had failed to live up to the ideals of their faith in encounters with Islam.

Archbishop Welby’s call came in a sermon at All Saints’ Cathedral, Cairo, during a service of thanksgiving for the new Anglican/Episcopal Province of Alexandria.

“Christians are to be part of a Church that is told to conquer with love and peace,” he said. “Never, never with a sword, a bomb, or a plot. Either Christians demonstrate the truth of God or they demonstrate nothing by the quality of their lives.

“And I say to our dear friends from the Islamic community: how often have Christians got this wrong. Our history is one of the tragic sin of force. Let us be people of peace together.”…

Accompanied by Dr Fawzy, Archbishop Welby had talks with the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawky Allam, and Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar, the main seat of Sunni Islamic scholarship. “At this time of great crises in our world,” the Archbishop wrote after the meeting, “it’s especially important that we keep building bridges of friendship across different faiths. Grateful for the Grand Imam of al-Azhar’s deep commitment to this vision.”…

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From: Joachim K10/15/2021 7:41:46 PM
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France: Mosque closed after it was discovered to be preaching armed jihad, Islamic martyrdom, and terrorism

OCT 14, 2021 3:00 PM

BY ROBERT SPENCER

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Imagine the embarrassment of French authorities when they discover this mosque was not an outlier.



“Radical Islam: Allonnes mosque closes, government ‘uncompromising in the face of radicalization,'” translated from “Islam radical : la mosquée d’Allonnes ferme, le gouvernement «intransigeant face à la radicalisation»,” Le Parisien, October 13, 2021 (thanks to Medforth):

The prefecture of Sarthe announced on Wednesday that it had initiated a procedure for closing the mosque in Allonnes, a small town of about 11,000 inhabitants southwest of Le Mans, which welcomes around 300 faithful, and where sermons legitimize “the appeal to armed jihad.”

“According to the evidence collected, sermons and the activity of this place of worship, which is frequented by individuals belonging to or close to the radical Islamist movement, legitimize the use of armed jihad, death as a martyr, the commission of acts of terrorism, and the practice of violence, hatred and discrimination, as well as the establishment of Sharia law,” the Sarthe prefecture indicated in a press release.

The “inflexible” government

“We are inflexible in the face of Islamism, we are uncompromising in the face of hatred and radicalization,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said during his weekly press briefing. “When the Republic is attacked, it must respond, it must respond strongly, and therefore we have initiated a procedure to request the closure of this mosque,” he continued, recalling that it had been initiated “on the basis of the law on internal security and the fight against terrorism which was recently passed.”

“In total, more than 650 places frequented by fundamentalists have been closed. During this mandate we have dissolved a dozen structures of worship, mosques, three times more than under the two previous terms combined,” he further underlined.

110 children in a Koranic school

The Allonnes Mosque also houses a Koranic school “welcoming around 110 children, in front of whom armed jihad has been recognized and which therefore constitutes a place of indoctrination,” says the Sarthe prefecture. Also, “under the terms of the law, all of these facts constitute statements made, ideas and theories disseminated, or activities inciting violence, hatred or discrimination, causing the commission of acts of terrorism or condoning such acts.”

“In view of these elements, at the request of the Minister of the Interior, the Prefect of Sarthe initiated a procedure to close this place of worship,” the prefecture’s statement concluded. The mosque is managed by two associations, the Allonnaise Association pour le Juste Milieu (AAJM) and the Al Qalam association.

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From: Joachim K10/15/2021 11:46:28 PM
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Vatican top dogs tried to dissuade Islamocritical Anglican from converting to Catholicism

October 15, 2021 5:00 PM

BY ROBERT SPENCER

“Nazir-Ali faced biting criticism from his liberal fellow Anglican bishops for not toeing the Church of England’s politically correct line on Islam.”

He won’t find the Church of Rome any different in that regard.



“Celeb Anglican Bishop Comes Home to Rome,” by Jules Gomes, ChurchMilitant.com, October 14, 2021:

Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester, England — once the see of English martyr St. John Fisher — and a champion of persecuted Christians in Islamic countries, has joined the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

“I write to let you know of my reception into the ordinariate established for Anglicans who wish to be in full communion with the See of Peter,” Lord Nazir-Ali announced….

An Ordinariate priest told Church Militant that “Lord Nazir-Ali is the most high-profile convert from the Church of England to Rome for the last 100 years, probably since the conversion of the intellectual giant Msgr. Ronald Knox.”

“Michael is one of the most prodigious intellects of our time, a heroic apologist for the faith, a bulwark against radical Islam, a laser-sharp cultural commentator, a persuasive preacher, a passionate evangelist of the highest caliber, and a brilliant linguist and poet,” the priest said….

Church Militant also learned that efforts were made at the highest level of the Vatican to dissuade 72-year-old Nazir-Ali from converting to Catholicism.

“First, Nazir-Ali isn’t the kind of convert we are looking for under the Francis pontificate. Second, such a high-profile conversion is a setback to ecumenism. Third, Pope Francis seems to have always indicated he believes in the validity of Anglican orders,” a senior Argentinian-based Anglican cleric who knew Cdl. Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires told Church Militant….

The first non-white diocesan bishop in the Church of England and an Islamic scholar who is fluent in Urdu and Farsi, Pakistani-born Nazir-Ali faced biting criticism from his liberal fellow Anglican bishops for not toeing the Church of England’s politically correct line on Islam.

An indefatigable campaigner against Muslim apostasy laws in Pakistan and a prolific writer on Islam, Nazir-Ali said he regretted the church was not doing enough to convert Muslims to Christianity.

“The so-called ‘blasphemy law’ has caused considerable grief for Christians and other non-Muslim minorities since even the expression of their belief can be construed as insulting the Prophet,” he wrote in a foreword to Freedom to Believe: Challenging Islam’s Apostasy Law.

After a 15-year apostolate as the 106th bishop of Rochester, Nazir-Ali resigned his bishopric at the age of 59, announcing he would devote the rest of his life to working for persecuted Christians in Muslim-dominated regions.

In 2008, the bishop received death threats after criticizing Islamic extremists for creating “no-go areas” for non-Muslims in Britain. However, thousands of white working-class Britons wrote to him and in the media commending him for his truth-telling and courage.

Nazir-Ali, who also served as bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan, blamed multiculturalism for segregating religious groups and said Britain’s abandoning the Christian faith had led to a “multi-faith mish-mash.”

The ideology of Islamic extremism had further alienated “the young from the nation in which they were growing up and turn[ed] separate communities into ‘no-go’ areas,” he wrote in Britain’s The Sunday Telegraph.

“If it had not been for the Black-majority churches and the recent arrival of people from central and Eastern Europe, the Christian cause in many of our cities would have looked a lost one,” he argued.

Bishop Nazir-Ali’s comments “have angered many working in interfaith relations, who say he has undermined years of patient work,” the liberal Church Times commented….

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7200)10/19/2021 8:48:29 AM
From: Tom Clarke
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It's just like Quasimodo predicted


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