A post at Le Salon Beige provides a summary of a somewhat longer article at Le Figaro on the reactions of pro-sovereignty deputies to the possibility of Wallonia joining France:
Philippe de Villiers has declared himself favorable to Wallonia being attached to France:
"If the Walloons want to rejoin our country, it would be unfitting for us to oppose them!"
Villiers quotes Article 88 of the Constitution, "that would permit the entry of the Walloons by virtue of a contract of association." But Philippe de Villiers seeks above all to denounce the European Union which:
"develops harmful centrifugal forces, apt to lead the fragile Belgian coupling to implode."
The dismemberment of States is one of the objectives of the European project: the EU Committee on Regions is hoping for a system of governing based on the implementation of a network, whose various partners cooperate on an equal footing.
EU parliamentarian Paul-Marie Coûteaux also observes with "consternation":
"(the) progressive destruction of States to the benefit of the regions, small political entities without great influence, that will make the transfer of prerogatives to a European super-State seem quite natural."
UMP deputy Christian Vanneste makes this observation:
"France would gain 5 million inhabitants, which would strengthen our weight in Europe with regard to Germany. But the majority of Wallonia is socialist, a worse type of socialism than what we have!"
One LSB reader, who calls himself a "Flemish northerner" weighs in on the cultural chasm that has developed over time between the two parts of Belgium:
Monsieur Vanneste is quite right to underscore the socialism of Wallonia. (...) The Flemish region is of a Christian culture and not inclined to socialist policies (ethnic communities, multi-culturalism, welfare, secularism, jacobinism). The Walloon region, on the other hand, follows the French model. The division has increased these past 20 years as Walloon politics followed the evolution of France. Renan's idea of a national community is going over like a lead balloon, unfortunately for our Belgian friends.
Most of LSB's readers have no problem with a divorce.
The article in Le Figaro points out that most younger Walloons, under the age of 49, favor joining France.