The American Interest

Adieu, France


Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election provides conclusive proof that no major European nation can save itself from demographic and cultural suicide through the electoral process.  That outcome is not merely a victory for status quo politics, which millions of lower-middle-class French people prefer, but a triumph of the globalist establishment.

Macron is a paradigmatic pastiche, almost a caricature, of Europe’s postmodern transnational elite.  He is a former international banker and fanatical Euro-integralist who wants an ever-tighter union ruled from Brussels.  He is an Islamophillic open-borders globalist, lovingly known among France’s urban progressives as the “French Obama.”  Last January he told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that critics of Angela Merkel’s open-door migration policy were guilty of “disgraceful oversimplification.”  In his opinion, by allowing over a million unassimilable and unvetted aliens into the country, “Merkel and German society as a whole exemplified our common European values.  They saved our collective dignity by accepting, accommodating and educating distressed refugees.”  Last February he lampooned Donald Trump’s promise to...

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