A Small Victory for Europe

As the new French President, Emmanuel Macron seems determined to hitch opposites together, combine like with dislike, compatibles with incompatibles, and otherwise fudge his policies as he did during the electoral campaign.  As a candidate for the office, he praised Angela Merkel’s decision to accept a million “refugees” from the Middle East and elsewhere—but has since made no promise to do likewise himself.  At the end of July he urged “the greatest humanity” toward immigrants and refugees, and moved to expedite (by half) France’s consideration of asylum-seekers.  Twenty-four hours later his minister of the interior refused to allow the creation of a welcome center for migrants in Calais and promised to send riot police to control the camps populated by immigrants hoping to make their way illegally to Great Britain.  However M. le Président decides to resolve this issue (assuming he ever does), a single small but poetically and culturally significant victory has recently been won by the residents of Domrémy-la-Pucelle, a town of 126 inhabitants in the Vosges.

Domrémy-la-Pucelle is the birthplace of Ste. Jeanne d’Arc, born in 1412 during the Hundred Years’ War between France and England, whose visions inspired her to fight the English in France during the war’s Lancastrian period, lift the siege of Orléans, and smooth the way...

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