A Strong Voice in the EU Parliament
Those of you who have been following this blog for a while remember Philippe de Villiers, long-time president of the general council of the department of Vendée (1988-2010), patriot, nationalist, and strong advocate for the sovereignty of France, founder of the MPF (Mouvement pour la France), and still deputy in the European Parliament, where he has participated off and on since 1994, as a voice of the opposition. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the 2007 French presidency possibly because he was never able to differentiate himself either from Jean-Marie Le Pen or Nicolas Sarkozy. His campaign concentrated on the same issues as those tackled at the time by the Front National, but Villiers was an opponent of the Islamization of France, and had never made antisemitic remarks. But the voting public did not recognize his uniqueness. Wikipedia provides the following:
- Villiers is internationally notable for his criticism of Islam in France. He has stated that "I am the only politician who tells the French the truth about the Islamization of France" and that "I do not think Islam is compatible with the French republic". Villiers advocates an end to all mosque construction, banning all Islamist organizations suspected of links to terrorism, and expelling extremist individuals from France.
Villiers published Les mosquées de Roissy: nouvelles révélations sur l'islamisation en France (The Mosques of Roissy: New Revelations about Islamization in France) in 2006. He alleged that, using internal documents from whistle blowers, the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrated security personnel at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The book led to seventy-two employees having their clearances revoked. As well, makeshift Muslim prayer rooms were closed.
Villiers' views on Islam and Muslim immigrants have caused Der Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The San Francisco Chronicle to label him "far right".
Family crises and illness forced Philippe de Villiers to leave the Vendée general council in 2010. Most of us thought he had abandoned politics, but here he is, vigorously addressing François Hollande, in the European Parliament on February 5, 2013:
Mr. President of the French Republic, dear colleagues, (shouting in the room). Let me speak. I would like the minority in this body to express itself, the minority that perhaps represents, (interruptions) and probably will represent tomorrow, if it doesn't already, the immense majority of peoples outside of this room. Mr. President, you have received warm greetings from Mr. Barroso, the Brussels Commission. That pleases you, but worries me. You said something in your remarks that is right: you fear the mistrust of the European peoples. Perhaps these words were inspired by the person sitting next to you, (note: I don't know who it is) who voted "no" in 2005, during the last referendum.
Note: In 2005, in a referendum, the French people voted "no" on the ratification of the European Constitution. This was a clear indication that they valued their sovereignty. Until 2007, when President Nicolas Sarkozy, with hardly a word of warning, changed the name of the Constitution to the Lisbon Treaty and shoved the country into the European Union, thus placing the French legislative bodies under the near-total domination of directives from Brussels and ignoring the results of the referendum.
At any rate, the fairy tale goes on, to repeat an expression used here a while ago. Mr. President, I would like to solemnly say, respectfully and courteously, your dream, your dream of a fusion of European nations, through integration, the dream of the post-national elite, is a dream that has vanished from the hearts of the people. It disintegrated because it was woven in a web of lies: the lie of Schengen, that was supposed to bring us security by breaking down the internal borders; the lie of a Europe without customs protection that was supposed to bring us prosperity, in the flow of exchanges. The end of industry is a fact, you know it, and Mr. Montebourg deplores it every day. And there's the euro that was supposed to bring us growth. And then the power of the oligarchy in Brussels that was eventually supposed to encounter the people's confidence. Today, the people are drifting away, because everywhere there is austerity, impoverishment, quagmire, and the sense of a power structure that is more and more remote. You cannot solve problems, Mr. President, with the type of thinking that created them.
Today, what we expect of you, is that you utter a taboo word in this room, a word that is taboo in the closed milieu where bankers and the market meet, the world of business and the great profiteers of uncontrolled globalization. The word is "referendum" so that the people may express their deepest aspirations. We need roots! We need borders! We need protection! We need a stable judiciary! We need to not disrupt the right of filiation! We need you to protect our vital attachments! Mr. President, you mentioned François Mitterand. We both belong to the generation that saw, happily, the fall of the Berlin Wall. Beware, Mr. President, do not walk too long on the Maastricht wall: it could collapse on you.
On the whole, Le Salon Beige readers are wildly enthusiastic. They have always liked him, despite his failings, and his inability to project his ideas and his personality on a national level:
- Come back, Philippe, they've all gone mad!
- A very true and beautiful speech! Well thought out, measured, and delivered with the gravity befitting the situation. You seem older and tired, but you are there despite the ordeals you had to endure. So you deserve all our support and we cannot help but admire you. Continue!
- Hollande's attitude, when he seems to be listening attentively, is only a façade: whatever the situation, this sad man has an expressionless face. Everything slides over it. Nothing moves him. It's the face of disdain!
- Courage, Philippe! You were magnificent. Many Frenchmen having heard you speak, would rally behind your banner. In your speech, you showed that you surpass all the politicians of the day. We like this warlike Villiers, a brave fighter, a builder of solid arguments, attached to the traditional values of France. This France that will need a man of Providence. You have the stature. You will not be alone.
- What authentic stature compared to those marionettes… Bravo, Monsieur de Villiers. Let the French hear you and have the courage to defend their Christian, natural and family roots.
- Bravo, Monsieur de Villiers, we need a leader, come back, we'll follow you! (…)
Below, unlike Marine Le Pen, Philippe de Villiers did attend the January 13 Manif pour Tous.