The French Example

President Emmanuel Macron is hardly a nationalist. He won the presidency by defeating Marine Le Pen. In 2018, he insulted then-President Donald Trump by attacking nationalism in a speech to our Congress. Though hedidn’t really say “there is no such thing as French culture,” his statement that French culture is “diverse and multiple” wasn’t much better.

However, Emmanuel Macron defends national honor more fervently than “right-wing” Republicans do. He recently laid a wreath at the tomb of Emperor Napoleon. The New York Times made this out to be controversial. It was the latest in a bizarre series of articles attacking French history in what looks like a kind of “woke” cultural imperialism campaign waged from Manhattan. It makes President Macron look positively conservative.

President Macron has shown similar strength in the face of Black Lives Matter protests. He said France would not take down statues. He suggested that BLM is a threatening American import; he’s right. The President has also denounced American racial theories, arguing that they destroy national unity by attacking France’s intellectual and cultural history. He has spoken much more firmly against Islam than American politicians, warning that it is becoming a “counter-society” in France. He wants strict oversight of Islamic schools and an end to foreign-funded mosques.

Remarkably, Emmanuel Macron also recognizes that the African population boom could mean trouble. The Federalist, on the other hand, thinks billions of Africans needn’t be a problem; it just needs “better institutions.”

President Macron is more inspirational than anything we get from American conservatives. National Review joined the attacks against statues of Confederate heroes but somehow couldn’t predict this would lead to attacks on the Founders. The GOP response to President Biden’s recent speech was by black Senator Tim Scott, who pleaded that “America is not a racist nation.”

Of course, President Macron could have cynical motives. Some pollingindicates that Marine Le Pen will beat him in the first round of the 2022 presidential election. She is even within striking distance in the second round. A court recently acquitted her of “hate speech.” It’s not clear if this will give her a boost or if she would have benefitted from being a political martyr.

Emmanuel Macron is also sounding an uncertain trumpet. He lauded the emperor’s legacy, but he also denounced Napoleon for reinstituting slavery. The tone of President Macron’s statement suggests that the empire was a bump in the road to the modern republic and, no doubt, the end of history. As an aide explained, “Napoleon is a step in the process that brings us to the republic. Slavery is a fault of Napoleon; the republic has corrected it and eradicated it.” No doubt there will be other “faults” for which France will atone.

However, there are alternatives in France. Unlike in America, part of the French elite is willing to consider firm measures to save the country. In an open letter, a group of retired military officers — including 20 generals — predicted civil war if there isn’t decisive action. The first “mortal danger” to the Republic the letter named was “antiracism.” It warned against Islamism and the “hordes” who live in the suburbs and turn them into zones where “the laws of the Republic no longer apply.” The letter, addressing France’s political class, warned, “Don’t forget that, like us, the great majority of our fellow citizens are appalled by your waffling and your guilty silence.” It’s concluding words: “[Unless you take decisive action], civil war will put an end to this growing chaos and deaths — for which you will be responsible — will number in the thousands.”

American leftists at Jacobin and supposed conservatives at The Bulwarkwere both horrified by the letter. If “democracy” means the will of the people (and not just rule by journalists), one poll shows 58 percent of French citizens support the officers who wrote the letter, and 49 percent think the army should intervene unilaterally to establish order. Marine Le Pen was one of the few politicians who publicly supported the officers.

The late Jean Raspail wrote of “The Fatherland Betrayed by the Republic.” What he meant is that the universalistic bromides of the French Revolution ultimately broke up the French themselves, destroying them as a nation, culture, and people. Luckily, unlike America, France has elites who can rise to defend what Charles de Gaulle called “eternal France.” They can be found among the “yellow vest” protesters, in the military, in the National Rally and other movements. Some want to bring back the monarchy, whether they support the Orléanist candidate or the Legitimist Duke of Anjou. There’s at least the possibility of rebirth.

We Americans are less fortunate. The Anglo-American heritage is plagued with legalism. It’s harder for Anglos to conceive of an “eternal” nation that stretches beyond a written document or a constitution. Defining and defending that eternal identity is part of our struggle. Americans should stop looking down at the French. America’s first ally is an inspiration.

First published by American Renaissance on May 7, 2021.

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Gregory Hood has been active in conservative groups in the US. He is a staff writer for American Renaissance. His work is syndicated on the Unz Review and here at Occidental Dissent.

14 Comments

  1. “Of course, President Macron could have cynical motives. Some pollingindicates that Marine Le Pen will beat him in the first round of the 2022 presidential election. ”

    I have seen this all before. When nationalism is rising, Conservatives move to the right to pick up nationalist votes. After nationalism is defeated, they move back to the left where they feel comfortable.

    Also when a nationalist party is becoming electable, all parties including Conservatives and Liberals, join together in an effort to annihilate that party. They don’t care how many seats they lose doing it. After the nationalist party is destroyed, they return to pretending to oppose each other once again.

  2. 1965

    Preceded

    by

    1964

    JFK if he had lived would have signed 1964 and 1965 into law….

    • Kennedy kept a safe distance between himself and that MLK riff-raff. But it would have been interesting to see how he would have dealt with “civil rights” and Vietnam in a second term – assuming he would have won reelection in 1964, which was far from certain.

      • Especially how he treated the outfit after they helped get him elected and than siccing his brother on them.

      • No he didn’t….documentary film footage from the Oval Office of JFK on the phone threatening a Southern Governor that the 101 Airborne will be sent in with fixed bayonets to integrate Southern Schools…RFK sat right across from him while JFK made his threats…RFK was very friendly with the Civil Rights Activists for example:Rosy Grier….You are delusional about JFK…..

        • RFK worked as an assistant to Senator Joe McCarthy in the 50s to investigate King’s communist sympathies. Now you know.

  3. Macron seems to just say whatever needs to be said at the moment. He is an empty suit and puppet of economic elites. He is also a bugman to the core. His vision of France is pencil necked bureaucrats of all races mixed together and integrated into French bugman norms. That is the entire EU project vision. They want an entire continent of pansexual mulatto accountants.

      • His wife is an elderly woman. If a man marries a woman 25 years older than he is, there are really only two possible explanations. One, he is a closet queer and she is his cover, or two, he’s messed up in the head and has severe mommy issues. Probably both in the case of Macron.

  4. Disagree with Greg.

    European Civil War will kick off in France. It’s the weak link. There’s no way to resolve the ethnic resentments.

  5. Muslims in France (and Europe in general) need to rise up in solidarity with their Palestinian brothers and force the faggy Eurowhites into the confrontation they richly need and deserve. Maybe a Charlemagne or Cromwell will be the product?

  6. “Americans should stop looking down at the French. America’s first ally is an inspiration.”

    I agree.

    They, Les Français, are about to set an example we ought follow.

  7. Try to imagine the golems produced by the Pentagon issuing such a warning letter to the jew-whore pols like Biden.

    The difference is the French are a PEOPLE. Americans were once, but they allowed kikes & the slavish worship of that “goddamned piece of paper” to convince them that they have no collective interests, and that they don’t need any because they’re “rugged” individuals.

    Of course, only shithead Whites were naive enough to believe it..

    But thanks to the sudden kike/commie overreach, the White sheep may finally be shaking off the stupor induced by that jewshit.

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