May 4, 2007
López Obrador Redux in France
In a very disturbing rerun of the antics of the losing Socialist candidate for president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador -- the Zarathustra of Zocalo Plaza -- the trailing Socialist candidate for president of France, Ségolène Royal, threatens a violent uprising if conservative Nicolas Sarkozy wins the French presidency on Sunday.
She is not yet promising to lead the violence herself, as her counterpart in Mexico did; but she is unquestionably egging on the radical Moslems in the Parisian suburbs to launch another French Intifada in protest if Royal, who opposes any aggressive police action against the rioters, loses to Sarkozy -- a hard-liner who promises to restore law and order to the streets of Paris:
France risks violence and brutality if right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy wins Sunday's presidential election, his Socialist opponent Segolene Royal said on Friday.
On the last day of official campaigning, opinion polls showed Sarkozy enjoyed a commanding lead over Royal, who accused the former interior minister of lying and polarizing France.
"Choosing Nicolas Sarkozy would be a dangerous choice," Royal told RTL radio.
"It is my responsibility today to alert people to the risk of (his) candidature with regards to the violence and brutality that would be unleashed in the country (if he won)," she said.
Pressed on whether there would actually be violence, Royal said: "I think so, I think so," referring specifically to France's volatile suburbs hit by widespread rioting in 2005.
Well, we'll almost certainly get to find out whether the French jihadist "youths" will heed her call... because by all the polls I've seen, Royal actually lost ground following yesterday's debate with Sarkozy (and her hysterical diatribe in the middle of it). He heads into the Sunday election with a strong, if not commanding, 9-point lead over Royal in two separate polls.
I may be easily amused, but I always enjoy it when Leftists demonstrate their contempt for democracy and actual voting, where the voices of those they supposedly represent, the poor and downtrodden, actually have as much of a say as the rich and the middle-class (France, like most of Europe, still has an actual class system, unlike the United States). The Left is all in favor of the people... but only when the people keep their mouths shut and do as their "betters" tell them.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, May 4, 2007, at the time of 7:18 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Dirty Dingus
I'm not sure my trackback attempt work so this is a manual one to my post on possibility of riots where I disagree with you.
The above hissed in response by: Dirty Dingus at May 5, 2007 4:12 AM
The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh
Hm... of course, we had no history of rigged elections ourselves in 2000, yet that didn't stop Al Gore from rejecting the results and trying to sue his way into the White House!
I agree that Royal will not storm the Bastile or wear the tricolor herself; but I really do believe she is intentionally inciting the Algerian and Senegalese jihadist children of immigrants to violence in the event she loses. I expect she intends to use the riots later as a campaign issue for parliamentary elections: "Look what Sarkozy caused!"
And, of course, she couldn't care less if people are beaten, robbed, or slain. Can't make an omlet without breaking a few heads.
The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh at May 5, 2007 5:03 AM
The following hissed in response by: F. N. Owl
You'd think that being the inevitable wave of the future would let you be more relaxed.
The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith
Dafydd, I hope you're wrong but I just titled a blog post Sarkozy Wins. Riots at 11.
The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith at May 6, 2007 1:34 PM
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