While “youths” (a widely used media term for immigrants) riot and burn Paris, France’s deeply unpopular Socialist government is threatening Russia with “retaliation” if it interferes in the upcoming presidential election. The threat rings hollow though, as President Putin’s government in Moscow is known to be friendly with Marine Le Pen’s Front National party – which appears likely to make it to the second round in the election. Russian banks have loaned the French nationalists millions of euros – information which the Left-wing government in Paris has been unable to use to destroy Le Pen’s candidacy.
France is also in dire shape demographically. Its cities are burned and looted whenever its huge African and Arab populations grow angry with the police or the government. This puts the unpopular government in Paris in no shape to confront any external foe.
There is also the historic example of France’s disastrous invasion of Russia under Napoleon’s leadership. That was at a time when France was still a homogeneously European nation and had one of history’s great military leaders at its head – and it still suffered a crushing defeat to Russia. Do the Socialists in Paris really think their sabre-rattling scares Moscow now? Shouldn’t they be focused on putting down the foreign rioters on their streets rather than threatening Putin?