France goes full socialist

posted at 5:21 pm on June 18, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

While certain other European countries continue to reel from the effects of their spending-happy policies (Spain, Italy, Greece, etcetera — I’m looking at you), France decided to just throw caution to the wind on Sunday, declaring loudly and proudly: “No austerity for us, thanks.”

In the May presidential election, France voted out “right-winger” Nicolas Sarkozy and voted in socialist Francois Hollande. He promised tax hikes and job creation, and asked French voters to provide him a majority in parliament so he could guide them through the eurozone crisis — and did they ever.

Sunday’s parliamentary run-off saw the Socialists — who already dominate the upper house Senate — win 314 of the Assembly’s 577 seats, enough to form a majority without the complication of support from the Greens or far left.

“Forty days after giving the keys to the Elysee to Francois Hollande for five years, the French people have given him all the means to exercise power,” business newspaper Les Echos wrote on Monday.

Left-leaning newspaper Liberation hailed the result as an “impressive wave” of support for the Socialists, saying they would enjoy a “hypermajority” in parliament.

The right-wing UMP party of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, whom Hollande defeated in last month’s presidential vote, and its allies were reduced to only 229 seats after dominating parliament for the last five years. …

The result will strengthen Hollande’s hand as he faces off with eurozone paymaster Germany in his effort to shift the bloc’s economic focus from fiscal austerity to growth.

Ahh, yes, because as we can all so clearly see, higher taxes always encourage economic growth and more government spending is a great way to pay off the debt. …Or something.

Although Greece’s elections were much in the news on Sunday because of their severely imminent debt crisis, Greece has a relatively tiny economy — whereas France is running the euro’s second-largest economy. Their fiscal future, along with the deepening worries over the troubles in Spain’s fourth-largest euro economy, will be much more dire to the fate of the euro than Greece’s. This resounding choice to reject austerity does not bode well.


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France goes full socialist retard

Chuck Schick on June 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM

This is going to be great!

tom daschle concerned on June 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM

How did the “youths” vote fall among the parties?

Party of Free Shit: 100%

Fiscal Responsibility: 0%

BobMbx on June 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Everybody knows you never go full socialist.

Nessuno on June 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Can’t wait to see all those beret wearing, le skittle spewing unicorns.

rbj on June 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Surrender terms to Germany being drawn

Uncledave on June 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Fast forward 5 years. France’s economy will be in shambles. The people will not vote out the socialists after the freebies. The Socialist government will push harder for even more control. The only thing my crystal ball does not show is who will be the scapegoat for all the blame? For Post WWI Germany it was the Jews. For Obama it is the Republicans, Europe, and ATMs.

weaselyone on June 18, 2012 at 5:27 PM

This will end in bloodless war. Maybe a few riots. Politics is war by other means. There will be a lot of suffering because of this. Profligacy will end in austerity, like morning ends in night. In the end you’ll have many baying at the moon. Or as GW Bush said about OUR spending, a hangover. They haven’t invented the intoxicating drink with no hangover.

Paul-Cincy on June 18, 2012 at 5:27 PM

WTG Frenchies! PYHBYLAKYAG.

txhsmom on June 18, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Standby for joy, then despair … then a quiet reversal of failing socialist policies.

darwin on June 18, 2012 at 5:28 PM

We had to invade france 70 years ago to save them from socialists. Now, they vote them into power.

**facepalm**

ted c on June 18, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Why not? The Germans will just bail them out right?

gwelf on June 18, 2012 at 5:28 PM

The wealthy are already taking themselves and their money out of France and businesses will not hire.

darwin on June 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Looks like the PIIGS just became the F’in PIIGS.

teke184 on June 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

This is actually good news.

Now we have a large, clear petri dish we can use to view the machinations of full out Socialism and it’s effect on a large economy versus the historic effects of business-friendly, Free Market driven Capitalism.

Opposite Day on June 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Hollande promised two white Surrender flags for each French household…

albill on June 18, 2012 at 5:31 PM

They get what they deserve.

KickandSwimMom on June 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

French business will make out like bandits now, except the tourist industry, that is. Socialists must be unaware business taxes get passed onto consumers. But then the French are conditioned to pay thru the nose to wallow in the mud.

aposematic on June 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Oh God I hope they bring back the National Razor!!!

lm10001 on June 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

This is actually good news.

Now we have a large, clear petri dish we can use to view the machinations of full out Socialism and it’s effect on a large economy versus the historic effects of business-friendly, Free Market driven Capitalism.

Opposite Day on June 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

We already have this… it’s called California.

SPCOlympics on June 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM

This is actually good news.

Now we have a large, clear petri dish we can use to view the machinations of full out Socialism and it’s effect on a large economy versus the historic effects of business-friendly, Free Market driven Capitalism.

Opposite Day on June 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Actually, that French petri dish has been showing us these effects for the past 30+ years. That’s how long France as a country has been declining.

Remember, the French elected a Socialist for President in the early 1980s. And he remained President for almost half of the 30 years that followed. His “solution” to the financial crisis that hit Europe (and France especially) in the late 1970s was the sole cause of their decline to this day.

Del Dolemonte on June 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

France goes full socialist Obamist.

TXUS on June 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

France goes full socialist

…great – they’ve FLUSHED the entire country down the toilet

TeaPartyNation on June 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM

This resounding choice to reject austerity does not bode well.

What ever made you think that people aren’t selfish? Of course this won’t end well. No more than it will end well in this country.

chemman on June 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Breaking News:French people even more stupid than previously thought.

gsherin on June 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Fast forward 5 years. France’s economy will be in shambles.

weaselyone on June 18, 2012 at 5:27 PM

5 years? They’re already socialist. This vote is just ensuring the continuation and heightening of the disaster. France will be next in line on the chopping block after Portugal and Italy. Not sure how the UK will fare.

MrX on June 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Ehhh, we were first.

faraway on June 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Will they surrender?

Dingbat63 on June 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Sunday’s parliamentary run-off saw the Socialists — who already dominate the upper house Senate — win 314 of the Assembly’s 577 seats, enough to form a majority without the complication of support from the Greens or far left.

Good grief, you mean the Socialists are not considered the ‘far left’?

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Can someone tell me if it is true that it will now be be a “crime” to fire your worker in France? I read it yesterday, can’t remember where.

sandee on June 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Attn. American Lefties: Your modern Utopia is now a reality in France. Pay close attention to how everything plays out over the next 5 years.

visions on June 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Looks like the PIIGS just became the F’in PIIGS.

teke184 on June 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Doing just fine , in the mud.

the_nile on June 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Good grief, you mean the Socialists are not considered the ‘far left’?

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

To be “far left” in France, I’m pretty sure you have to be carrying a hammer and sicle.

teke184 on June 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I can’t wait to see the stories about new regulations and laws emplaced to stop capital and wealth from fleeing.

tom daschle concerned on June 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM

To paraphrase Flotus, for the first time in my life I am ashamed of being French :(…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

Countries truly do deserve the government they elect. We’re going to see the biggest flight of wealth out of France seen since the Revolution of 1789. By the time Hollande and his a$$hole buddies are done, the entire population of the country will be composed of beggars. Anyone with an ounce of wealth or marketable talent is going to get the heck out of Dodge. Pass me the popcorn, please!

quikstrike98 on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

The BBC recently had a report that real estate prices in Switzerland are skyrocketing because French businessmen are all moving there.

Resolute on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

France voted out “right-winger” Nicolas Sarkozy

Heh.

Axe on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Somehow a country with this powerful of a military history seems perfect for socialism.

– Gallic Wars
– Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian. [Or at ths time in history, a Roman -ed.]

– Hundred Years War
– Mostly lost, saved at last by female schizophrenic who inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare; “France’s armies are victorious only when not led by a Frenchman.” Sainted.

– Italian Wars
– Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars when fighting Italians.

– Wars of Religion
– France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots

– Thirty Years War
– France is technically not a participant, but manages to get invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her.

– War of Revolution
– Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux.

– The Dutch War
– Tied

– War of the Augsburg League/King William’s War/French and Indian War
– Lost, but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Frogophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power.

– War of the Spanish Succession
– Lost. The War also gave the French their first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved every since.

– American Revolution
– In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far more action. This is later known as “de Gaulle Syndrome”, and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare; “France only wins when America does most of the fighting.”

– French Revolution
– Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.

– The Napoleonic Wars
– Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer.

– The Franco-Prussian War
– Lost. Germany first plays the role of drunk Frat boy to France’s ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night.

– World War I
– Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States [Entering the war late -ed.]. Thousands of French women find out what it’s like to not only sleep with a winner, but one who doesn’t call her “Fraulein.” Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French bloodline.

– World War II
– Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel Song.

– War in Indochina
– Lost. French forces plead sickness; take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu

– Algerian Rebellion
– Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a western army by a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of Muslim Warfare; “We can always beat the French.” This rule is identical to the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese and Esquimaux.

– War on Terrorism
– France, keeping in mind its recent history, surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese ambassador fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald’s.

The question for any country silly enough to count on the French should not be “Can we count on the French?”, but rather “How long until France collapses?”

“Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. All you do is leave behind a lot of noisy baggage.”

Or, better still, the quote from last week’s Wall Street Journal: “They’re there when they need you.”

With only an hour and a half of research, Jonathan Duczkowski provided the following losses:

Norse invasions, 841-911.
After having their way with the French for 70 years, the Norse are bribed by a French King named Charles the Simple (really!) who gave them Normandy in return for peace. Normans proceed to become just about the only positive military bonus in France’s [favour] for next 500 years.

Andrew Ouellette posts this in response:

1066 A.D. William The Conquerer Duke and Ruler of France Launches the Largest Invasion in the history of the world no other was as large until the same trip was taken in reverse on June 6th 1944 William Fights Harold for the Throne of England Which old king Edward rightfully left to William but Harold Usurped the throne Will fights the Saxons (English)wins and the French Rule England for the Next 80 Years. then the French start the largest building and economic infrastructure since the fall of the Roman Empire the Norman Economy skyrockets and the Normans inadvertantly start England to become a major world Power Vive La France-

Matt Davis posts this in response to Andrew Ouellette above:

Oh dear. We seem to have overlooked some basic facts. Firstly, Philip the First (1060 – 1108) was King of France at the time of the Norman invasion of 1066 – William was Duke of Normandy and, incidentally, directly descended from the Vikings. William was, therefore, as alien to France as the experience of victory. Since Philip did not invade England, the victory at Hastings was Norman – not French. Normandy may be a part of France now but it most certainly wasn’t in 1066. Therefore, William’s coronation as King of England had nothing whatsoever to do with the French. As usual, they were nowhere near the place when the fighting was going on. The mistaken belief that 1066 was a French victory leads to the Third Rule of French Warfare; “When incapable of any victory whatsoever – claim someone else’s”.

Mexico, 1863-1864.
France attempts to take advantage of Mexico’s weakness following its thorough thrashing by the U.S. 20 years earlier (“Halls of Montezuma”). Not surprisingly, the only unit to distinguish itself is the French Foreign Legion (consisting of, by definition, non-Frenchmen). Booted out of the country a little over a year after arrival.

Panama jungles 1881-1890.
No one but nature to fight, France still loses; canal is eventually built by the U.S. 1904-1914.

Napoleonic Wars.
Should be noted that the Grand Armee was largely (~%50) composed of non-Frenchmen after 1804 or so. Mainly disgruntled minorities and anti-monarchists. Not surprisingly, these performed better than the French on many occasions.

Haiti, 1791-1804.
French defeated by rebellion after sacrificing 4,000 Poles to yellow fever. Shows another rule of French warfare; when in doubt, send an ally.

India, 1673-1813.
British were far more charming than French, ended up victors. Therefore the British are well known for their tea, and the French for their whine (er, wine…). Ensures 200 years of bad teeth in England.

Barbary Wars, middle ages-1830.
Pirates in North Africa continually harass European shipping in Meditteranean. France’s solution: pay them to leave us alone. America’s solution: kick their asses (“the Shores of Tripoli”). [America's] first overseas victories, won 1801-1815.

1798-1801, Quasi-War with U.S.
French privateers (semi-legal pirates) attack U.S. shipping. U.S. fights France at sea for 3 years; French eventually cave; sets precedent for next 200 years of Franco-American relations.

Moors in Spain, late 700s-early 800s.
Even with Charlemagne leading them against an enemy living in a hostile land, French are unable to make much progress. Hide behind Pyrennes until the modern day.

French-on-French losses (probably should be counted as victories too, just to be fair):

1208: Albigenses Crusade, French massacared by French.
When asked how to differentiate a heretic from the faithful, response was “Kill them all. God will know His own.” Lesson: French are badasses when fighting unarmed men, women and children.

St. Bartholomew Day Massacre, August 24, 1572.
Once again, French-on-French slaughter.

Third Crusade.
Philip Augustus of France throws hissy-fit, leaves Crusade for Richard the Lion Heart to finish.

Seventh Crusade.
St. Louis of France leads Crusade to Egypt. Resoundingly crushed.

[Eighth] Crusade.
St. Louis back in action, this time in Tunis. See Seventh Crusade.

Also should be noted that France attempted to hide behind the Maginot line, sticking their head in the sand and pretending that the Germans would enter France that way. By doing so, the Germans would have been breaking with their traditional route of invading France, entering through Belgium (Napoleonic Wars, Franco-Prussian War, World War I, etc.). French ignored this though, and put all their effort into these defenses.

Thomas Whiteley has submitted this addition to me:

Seven year War 1756-1763
Lost: after getting hammered by Frederick the Great of Prussia (yep, the Germans again) at Rossbach, the French were held off for the remainder of the War by Frederick of Brunswick and a hodge-podge army including some Brits. War also saw France kicked out of Canada (Wolfe at Quebec) and India (Clive at Plassey).

Richard Mann, an American in France wants to add the following:

The French consider the departure of the French from Algeria in 1962-63, after 130 years on colonialism, as a French victory and especially consider C. de Gaulle as a hero for ‘leading’ said victory over the unwilling French public who were very much against the departure. This ended their colonialism. About 2 million ungrateful Algerians lost their lives in this shoddy affair.

acyl72 on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Good grief, you mean the Socialists are not considered the ‘far left’?

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The European “left/right” political spectrum is different than ours….

visions on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Where’s that little guy eating popcorn at the movies? This shouldn’t take long.

Del mentioned France’s decline over the last thirsty years. Can somebody come up with any advanced technology they have produced since the now defunct SST?

DanMan on June 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

American fries are back!

AmeriCuda on June 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The BBC recently had a report that real estate prices in Switzerland are skyrocketing because French businessmen are all moving there.

Resolute on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Unexpected!!

the_nile on June 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I wonder how many of our elitist “betters” will now make a beeline for France.

I mean, if socialism is so awesome….

CurtZHP on June 18, 2012 at 5:44 PM

acyl72 on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

OMG you just gave me ADD.

txhsmom on June 18, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I’ve seen this movie before…

… It does not end well for them.

Seven Percent Solution on June 18, 2012 at 5:44 PM

To paraphrase Flotus, for the first time in my life I am ashamed of being French :(…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Ah. Well, let’s just stop and look around a minute. I’m looking for one government that (1) doesn’t look like it should/does/will-soon enjoy the power of the Red/Black color scheme, or (2) doesn’t look like a cross between Keystone Kops and Ayn Rand’s villains …

… can’t see anything yet …

… wait, how’s Albania doing these days? … can’t see clearly …

Axe on June 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

acyl72 on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

ouch! I have 6 framd paintings depicting French military scenes hanging in my pool table den. I can’t read much of the captions but with that rundown I bet I will have a clue of some kind. They have to be drawn from the French perspective as everyone looks so noble but I just don’t know about all the French victories.

DanMan on June 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Why not? The Germans will just bail them out right?

gwelf on June 18, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Probably not. The Germans and Brits will probably take advantage of the situation. When the French decide to work 35 hours a week, the Germans and Brits will work 45 or 50 hours.

Steve Z on June 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Mon Dieu…

2Tru2Tru on June 18, 2012 at 5:47 PM

In the May presidential election, France voted out “right-winger” Nicolas Sarkozy and voted in socialist Francois Hollande. He promised tax hikes and job creation

My, my…… Who does he sound like? Why, yes. Our very own President Putz.

Next up on the reelection bid for BO will be a speech hectoring and lecturing American ‘bitter clingers’ to get with it and be more like the French.

The reaction will be gasps of horror, disgust and possibly millions of Yanks laughing their a$$es off at this idiot.

Can’t wait. Go for it, Barry.

Cody1991 on June 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM

It’s wrong to react to this without understanding that the lefties imported, what, 6 million arab Islamists into France in order to turn the country on its ear and overwhelm the natural voting preferences of the native stock. Leftwing population replenishment has occurred in many western countries.

The point being, this isn’t a repudiated by Pierre but rather a victory by Abdul. And who knows what reason they’re voting for…more welfare, less restrictions on immigration, lefty pandering to islamists, etc.

joeindc44 on June 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Can someone tell me if it is true that it will now be be a “crime” to fire your worker in France? I read it yesterday, can’t remember where.

sandee on June 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Yeah, ne’s threating some new legislation in that sense, but it’s nothing new, French labour laws are the toughest when it comes to laying people off (harder than anywhere in fhe EU to fire someone) I mean toughest on the employers, especially foreign ones.. They have been dealing with this for a long time…so I think it’s just posturing and tough talk from this imbecile Hollande…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

No Exit

le shrug.

tom daschle concerned on June 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Some will probably flee to Canada.

the_nile on June 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Couldn’t happen to a nicer country.
Eat cheese and die.

justltl on June 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

– French Revolution
– Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.

Thats rich.

BobMbx on June 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

He’s threatening that is…my ipad hates my French guts :)…or I jus forgot to switch the language setting as usual :)…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

…from fiscal austerity to growth.

Gotta love how they frame the choice.

Why not just say, “from pain to pleasure,” or “bad to good.” Or “from broccoli to hot fudge sundaes!”

The choice could also be framed, more accurately:

“From fiscal sanity to economic suicide.”

IndieDogg on June 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Off with their heads

faraway on June 18, 2012 at 5:54 PM

There are no greater snotty eunuchs in the world.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Good!

Maybe all those liberals in Hollywood will move over there now.

ButterflyDragon on June 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

You know it won’t matter…socialism could demonstrate megaton-range failures 100 times in a row and they’ll ignore it and say, “Well, the 101st time will work.”

Definition of insanity

College Prof on June 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Del mentioned France’s decline over the last thirsty years. Can somebody come up with any advanced technology they have produced since the now defunct SST?

DanMan on June 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Think they have come up with a couple of fancy new fighter planes, but that’s probably about it.

As I mentioned in a thread here yesterday I heard a great interview on the radio with author Michael Steinberger, who came out with a book 3 years ago about the decline in French cuisine. He said it paralleled precisely the overall decline of the country, and had the same cause.

He also said France is now McDonald’s second largest market on the planet after the US, and that their national Mickey D’s CEO was in line to take over the whole ball of wax.

Here’s details of his book.

It’s called “Au Revoir to All That: Food, Wine, and the End of France”. Looks like a fascinating read.

Del Dolemonte on June 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Gotta love how they frame the choice.

Why not just say, “from pain to pleasure,” or “bad to good.” Or “from broccoli to hot fudge sundaes!”

The choice could also be framed, more accurately:

“From fiscal sanity to economic suicide.”

IndieDogg on June 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Make a wish policy.

the_nile on June 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Nosedive into the ground.

Ward Cleaver on June 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM

acyl72 on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Let me guess, you’re a German.

IR-MN on June 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I just don’t know about all the French victories.

DanMan on June 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Summary: There isn’t one.

BobMbx on June 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM

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MTF on June 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Hahahahaha. What a pathetic joke. The cheese-eating surrender monkeys are going full socialist? They’ve just doomed themselves to failure – without even a decade of glory like Germany once had under their National Socialist party.

MelonCollie on June 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Some will probably flee to Canada.

the_nile on June 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Yeah, from one socialist heaven into another, that’s what I call change :)….besides French don’t like the Quebecos too much…must be their funny accent lol :)…as for the English part of Canada, most of French people are challenged when it comes to English language (for most part it is deliberate), so they will have some hard time adjusting there, linguistically speaking :)…oh, and culinary too :)…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Apparently France must go through the same maturation process that Spain went through. Spain elected a socialist government and went from the best economy in the Eurozone to the worst in a single term. The socialists wasted untold sums on “green energy” products and useless subsidies that ruined the economy.

Since being elected, Hollande has already proposed a reduction in the retirement age to 60 which will put even greater strain on the French economy.

This looks like such an obviously stupid move, I can’t for the life of me understand why the French people would have done this unless it was just some sort of national epidemic of denial.

France is truly swirling around the bowl at this point.

crosspatch on June 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM

1 – France elections are among the most inconsequential in the world. The last time France went “full socialist” was with Miterrand’s and the “110 Propositions pour la France”. That lasted two years and was followed by a quick U-turn. It was an unmitigated disaster and the PSF learned their lesson.

Therefore France will proceed with the same ENA-engineered mild socialism. The grandes écoles assure that France’s governing classes are ideologically homogeneous and that actually reflects the collective ethos of the large majority of the French these days, with a few exceptions.

The differences between the two major blocs are somewhat of substance in terms of rhetoric but fairly immaterial when it comes to governance.

2 – Un grand bravo to Marion Maréchal-Le Pen for becoming the youngest member of the National Assembly in the history of France. Amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas, she’s far from perfect ideologically – albeit she’s far more tolerable than her grandpa and her aunt – but she’s an exceptionally intelligent, very policy oriented politician who’s genuinely dedicated to the public cause. Messianic agitations apart, if there’s hope that one day France becomes a bit less socialist than it is today, much of it resides with her.

joana on June 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

This is actually good news.

Now we have a large, clear petri dish we can use to view the machinations of full out Socialism and it’s effect on a large economy versus the historic effects of business-friendly, Free Market driven Capitalism.

Opposite Day on June 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Exactly what I was thinking, but we all know that Socialists don’t care how many times a thing has failed before. Their own conceit tells them they will succeed where others have failed, history be damned. That said, it should be fun to watch France implode.

Hannibal on June 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

– French Revolution
– Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.

Thats rich.

BobMbx on June 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Er. I think this is an error. The French lost that one.

Axe on June 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

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MTF on June 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Watch out for fhe new special relationship :)…move over, England…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

It’s time for Germany to cut their losses and leave the Euro. You can’t save people from themselves (see Afghanistan).

talkingpoints on June 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

This reminds me of a email I receieved years ago. “For sale, authentic WW2 French military rifle. Never been fired and only dropped once!”

Deano1952 on June 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Rude and smelly. What do you expect?

Philly on June 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

not one bloody dime to france…cripe…

if dear leader is re-elected he’ll have the us gov’t checkbook ready to go….

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

F’em……….Their lazy asses deserve what they get. I am personally tired of bailing them out when the going get’s tough. Thanks for the help with Cornwallace, but we have more than repaid the debt.

Good Luck Frenchie!

JohnnyMojo on June 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

i hope angela merkel tells france to pound sand

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

JohnnyMojo on June 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

amen

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

The English and Germans will use the French rails to ship goods to each other while the French ride bikes, eat bread, drink sub-par wine and snivel like little girls…

phreshone on June 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM

As long as France keeps producing Bordeaux, unpasteurized cheese, baguettes and French porn, I don’t care who they elect.

rickyricardo on June 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Good grief, you mean the Socialists are not considered the ‘far left’?

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The European “left/right” political spectrum is different than ours….

visions on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Yep, ‘right’ there is the equivalent of Clintonistas here…’left ‘there is the equivalent of etxreme left/commie here…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM

France is truly swirling around the bowl at this point.

crosspatch on June 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Well, it isn’t the first time. The French make a habit of it.

Cody1991 on June 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Axe on June 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

You’ve got Taiwan. Also a couple of the Baltic states, Estonia and Lithuania.

MJBrutus on June 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

she’s far from perfect ideologically – albeit she’s far more tolerable than her grandpa and her aunt

joana on June 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Is her Grand Dad the infamous fascist?

MJBrutus on June 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

You’ve got Taiwan. Also a couple of the Baltic states, Estonia and Lithuania.

MJBrutus on June 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

O! Yes! The “new” Baltic states aren’t a habit of mind for me yet. I didn’t even think about them.

All right. Pierce my gloom with a couple rays. :) Credit where credit’s due.

Axe on June 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

The only difference between socialism and communism is the degree.

Bacon4allah on June 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Axe on June 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

You’ve got Taiwan. Also a couple of the Baltic states, Estonia and Lithuania.

MJBrutus on June 18, 2012 at 6:

They will be sucked in fhe EU destructive maelstrom… I mean the last three…and Poland too, who isn’t doing too bad given tne circumstances.

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

weaselyone on June 18, 2012 at 5:27 PM

C’mon. You know it’s always the Jooooooos and they do so hate the Goy.

So much of Europe has not learned anything. The Germans remember the Weimar Republic and the hyperinflation those morons generated, and have no desire to repeat the experience. France, however, has always been less detached to reality for some reason or t’other. Kipling talked about the Gods of the Copy Book Headings and it will take another visit to smash the little froggies again. Why they don’t listen and learn is the big question of the modern ages.

Quartermaster on June 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

acyl72 on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

“They’d never expect us to come through the Ardennes again!

PXCharon on June 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Yep, ‘right’ there is the equivalent of Clintonistas here…’left ‘there is the equivalent of etxreme left/commie here…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM

So how may Tea Partiers over there? like 5?

Oil Can on June 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

she’s far from perfect ideologically – albeit she’s far more tolerable than her grandpa and her aunt

joana on June 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Is her Grand Dad the infamous fascist?

MJBrutus on June 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Jean Marie, yes…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Meh. Who cares.

Let them eat cake.

FlatFoot on June 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Pfft. It’s not like I care about the arrogant stinky french anyway. When they collapse and nobody in Europe will loan them any more cash to prop up their freebie binge I hope we have a president at that time that will look at their outstretched (and unwashed) hand and laugh like hell.

Wolfmoon on June 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

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