The Last Fall of France

No one excels at polemics as the French do, save for the English at certain periods of their history (the 17th and 18th centuries, for example), and Le suicide français is a masterly specimen of the genre by Éric Zemmour, the author of many books of fiction and nonfiction and a columnist for Le FigaroThe Suicide of France, now a best-seller at home and available soon in English translation, is the most comprehensive assault on advanced liberal thought in word and action one could possibly imagine, as well as the most unsparing and no-holds-barred.  Zemmour refuses absolutely to mince words and to give the devil his due, which, in this case (as I suspect in most others), he doesn’t deserve anyhow.  I cannot conceive a book less concerned for the authority of reigning Western ideas and their exquisite sensibilities, or one less likely to have found an original publisher in the United States, recently described by the London Spectator as the world headquarters of political correctness.  For its courage and audacity, as well as its subject matter, Le suicide français is the long-delayed nonfiction counterpart to Jean Raspail’s novel of 40 years ago, The Camp of the Saints, which imagines the arrival on the shores of Provençe of hordes of subcontinental Indians riding a flotilla of rusted hulks.  (Zemmour notes that the novel,...

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