Vive La France! On Sunday, May 7, 2017, the voters of France, said “Non” to the tide of nationalism, xenophobia, and isolationism that has been rising around the World, including in the United States. So, despite their haughty attitudes, their disdain for non-French wines, and their unusual attachment to the work of Jerry Lewis, we all owe the French a big “Merci Beaucoup!”
That’s Why I Say, “Vive la France!”
For those who aren’t following matters in France, former investment banker, Emmanuel Macron, considered a centrist candidate, defeated Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front Party in their run-off election yesterday. Le Pen’s party has been accused in the past of racist ideology, and she remains very committed to stopping the flow of immigration from the Islamic World. Macron, by contrast, has talked about a much more open and progressive immigration policy. In addition, Macron appears to be firmly committed to the EU and NATO, while Le Pen gave both institutions great pause.
So, what does this mean? Well, it means that the inventors of Champagne, Crepes, and Polo Shirts (not to mention bicycles, mayonnaise, and Braille, though, oddly, probably not French Fries – thanks to Belgium for those) have now earned another reason to look down their noses at us in the United States, where our leader still is trying to figure out whether it’s more important to Tweet at 3 o’clock in the morning or work very hard to take healthcare away from anyone who actually needs it.
Vive La France, But Wait, Let’s Not Get Too Carried Away Here
Of course, let’s not overdo the celebrations. Macron is unproven. And, France has a host of race and immigration related problems that are of concern to people of conscience and people of color. But, as they say, “hey, it beats the alternative.”
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