Cultural Revolutions

A Constant Plague

Immigration problems continue to plague Europe. In France the Front National is finally fed up with the Gaullist right, which expects the support of the and-immigrant nationalists but treats them with contempt. Jacques Chirac is alarmed enough to begin borrowing the Front National's rhetoric. When the Prime Minister, ditzy socialist Edith Cresson, called for a crackdown on illegal immigration, two out of three Frenchmen surveyed agreed with her. In July she announced new measures aimed at curbing illegal immigration. Legal immigrants found guilty of hiring illegals can be expelled, and foreigners from countries that send large numbers of illegals to France will not be eligible for tourist visas. While these measures are not likely to stem the tide, it is apparent that immigration and the French identity are coming to the fore in French politics. It was only a year ago when North African youths went on a rampage in Vaux-en Velin (near Lyons) and tried to burn down the nice new neighborhood that the government had built for them.

In Italy, the rioters have tended to be Italian teenagers, and there have been outbreaks or ragazzismo all over the North, most recently in Milan. Italy is currently experiencing a constitutional crisis brought on by mounting dissatisfaction with the partitocrazia, and none of the major parties is willing to tackle the immigration question. So far the most creative solution has been a...

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