Greg Sheridan from the Australian in Paris with MP Thierry Mariani, a Sarkozy confidant, best known for his trenchant views on immigration:
“… the only solution is for France’s neighbours in North Africa to develop sufficiently so their citizens are willing to stay there.”
Hardly. That’s not what Muslims have in mind:
“We will outbreed you with the bellies of our women…”
Houari BoumÃ©dienne, Algeria’s undisputed ruler until his death in 1978, said it clearly In 1974:
“One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere.Â And they will not go there as friends.Â Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.
From the Boulevarde St Germain, take a metro about 15 minutes north to the 18th arrondissement. Here there are a few white faces, but not many. There are some Chinese, but most of the people come from the Maghreb, Morocco or Algeria, or from sub-Saharan Africa. The streets are scruffy. Many women have their heads covered, and groups of young black men stand around on corners. Further north, beyond Paris’s city limits, are ghettos where no white face is seen. There are five or six million Muslims in France out of a total population of 64 million, almost all from Africa. Many are successful French citizens, but the levels of unemployment, disadvantage and alienation in the ghettos are strikingly high.
“You’ll see suburbs of Paris where there are only blacks, or people from the Maghreb. It’s a disaster for French society – there is no melting pot.”
Since the election two years ago of Nicolas Sarkozy – himself the son of an immigrant – there has been a more robust national discussion of immigration policy and what France expects from its new citizens…