France is withdrawing from Mali. The Military Junta may not last. But France’s capacity to impose its will on its former colonies seems to be over.
After nine years of fighting Islamist rebels in Mali, 53 soldiers killed, and over ten billion euros sunk in the quick-sands of the Sahara, France says it is pulling out of the country. The decision comes as 40 member states of the African Union are meeting with the EU in Brussels.
France is pushing ahead with its mandate that people present a Covid passport showing they are fully vaccinated for access to public venues, bars and restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, public transportation and so forth. Under the new law, a negative Covid test will not grant you access to public areas. The first decree goes into effect this week and the Bill should be rubber-stamped by President Macron’s majority in Parliament in early January. There is widespread resistance by those who don’t want the vaccine but still want their freedom.
Some say it is a totalitarian move, apartheid, a health dictatorship; others claim that it is the only way to get French people to accept to be vaccinated and stop the spread of Covid. The one thing everybody agrees on is that, if you want a life, and a job, after mid-September, you will need to prove you have had both Covid shots at all times.
Massive abstention in French Regional Elections not only delegitimises the results, but demonstrates the French have lost confidence in the system. History shows that the French will vote with their feet in the streets. There will be blood.
If the French don’t mobilize for this Sunday’s second round of voting in Regional elections, it doesn’t mean they don’t care. It just means they will find a different, more violent, way to express themselves.
If the government does nothing to stop “the disintegration” provoked by “Islamism and the hordes in the banlieue” then “tomorrow civil war will end the growing chaos, and the dead, for whom you carry the responsibility, will be counted in the thousands.”
That is the dire warning issued on April 13 and signed by some 1,300 retired Officers, including 23 generals, NCOs and other veterans of the French military. But it wasn’t until April 21 that the letter was made public by the conservative weekly Valeurs Actuelles. Since then, it has been a civil war of words between the left, the government and those on the right.
Preamble: This is hard to write as it takes me to the limits of what is considered legal speech in many European countries, including the country of my residence: France. It is the result of a long discussion with a “Woke” young Euro-American activist woman.
First, it must be made clear that I know few Americans who have acted so boldly against America’s behavior and interference and wars of aggression around the world, or its treatment of minorities at home as I have. But I refuse to be Cancel-Culturedinto remaining silent on the unacceptable by the Politically Correct.
I hesitated to publish this paper because it comes very close to violating French, German and other countries’ laws on what free speech is allowed and what is not.This is a strong opinion piece in defense of Freedom of Speech and of Opinion.
PARIS, NOV. 2, 2020. KAZOLIAS
I demand the right to hurt people’s sensitivities just as they have the right to hurt mine; the right to Blasphemy and to speak one’s mind should never be infringed upon. Libel, slander, inciting to violence are crimes, but opinions should never be.
It is better to fight those who want to deny us our freedom, than to allow those who govern us to take away our liberty, claiming it is to fight those who want to deny us our freedom.
Paris, Oct. 20: — The October 16 brutal beheading of a French school civics teacher by a Chechen migrant, on the heels of a cleaver-knife attack on September 25 against people working at the old Charlie Hebdo offices by a Pakistani migrant (he didn’t know Charlie was no longer there) has finally forced France to face its “Muslim Problem” head-on after 30 years of denial.
— Just a few reflections and arm-chair “fantasizing” on a very dangerous situation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as the Turkish President, Recip Tayyip Erdogan, plays chicken with Greece and the French– A game which could lead to hundreds of thousands of casualties.
Amateurs talk about strategy and tactics. Professionals worry about logistics.