If At First You Don't Succeed...
About thirty-two years separate these photos. The top photo shows Valéry Giscard d'Estaing at the time of his election in 1974. A few days ago, Vox Galliae reminded its readers of what that election meant for France:
It was the beginning of a massive immigration of peoples, of demographic decline (with 250,000 abortions each year), widespread unemployment, the fierce push for Europeanism at the expense of the uniqueness of our nation, political scandals, the loss of self-confidence, the explosion of the divorce rate, the wiping out of the family...
Here are two comments from Vox Galliae readers:
- The math is easy: 250,000 children not born each year for 31 years, that adds up to 8 million ethnic Frenchmen who did not come into this world, so an equal number of immigrants had to be brought in!
- Yes, indeed, it's about replacing one population with another. Isn't that a form of colonization?
The second photo is more current and comes from an article, part of which was posted by Dag at No Dhimmitude, about Giscard's desire to hold a new referendum on the European Constitution in the hope that the French people will see the light and vote "oui". I've also included Dag's own comment on the article.
The architect of the EU constitution and former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing has called for the charter to be ratified in France through a new referendum or a parliamentary vote.
Mr Giscard d'Estaing was the chairman of the European Convention, a body of EU politicians which presented the draft EU constitution in 2003, and has since been lobbying for his text despite "no" votes on the charter in France and the Netherlands last year.
The French politician again strongly defended the constitution in an interview with the FT on Tuesday (23 May).
"It is not France that has said no. It is 55 percent of the French people - 45 percent of the French people said yes," he said.
"I wish that we will have a new chance, a second chance, for the constitutional project."
Mr Giscard d'Estaing indicated that the treaty could be put to French voters in a second referendum, or be ratified by the French parliament.
"People have the right to change their opinion. The people might consider they made a mistake," he said on a possible new referendum.
On the parliamentary option, he stated "If we had chosen to have a parliamentary vote last year the constitution would have been easily adopted. It is the method that has provoked the rejection..."
The veteran French politician expressed optimism that his text will be adopted unchanged in the whole of the EU – except Britain.
"There are 16 out of 25 countries that have ratified the European constitution. That's to say there's a qualified majority. There is an agreed text. The concern now is the modalities of adopting it," he said.
But he added "The British will not approve the constitutional treaty. We know it."
"I think that for Great Britain we need to find a special arrangement resembling that which applied to the euro."
Other French politicians have rejected the idea of re-submitting the treaty to citizens directly.
Interior minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy said in February "I will not be the one who will tell the French that they have misunderstood the question."
Mr Sarkozy has suggested instead that a slimmed version of the constitution could be adopted by the French parliament...
Here are Dag's closing comments:
If people vote for a dictatorship, is it a legitimate state? What if 45 percent vote for a dictatorship? What if parliament passes a law instating a dictatorship? How far are the French willing to go before they rise up and hang the elites? Will they? Or will they simply stop having children to live with the mess till the Muslims take over, ruin the world they live in, and die of starvation because there's no one left to supply them with the material goods they require to survive? Should we care?