Hot Air notes that French #politics are about to take a turn that is as earth shaking, in its own way, as what just happened in the United States. A round of voting called “the conservative primary” has propelled a man named Francois Fillon to become the favorite to become the next president of the French Republic. This development is a hopeful one for a couple of reasons.
First, Fillion is a conservative in the mode of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. His plans include eliminating 500,000 government jobs, slashing government regulations, and taking a hard line on Muslim immigration.
Second, Fillon’s leading opponent will not likely be the current president, Francois Hollande, whose popularity is somewhat between the Ebola virus and ISIS. He will battle for #France with Marine Le Pen, an ultranationalist who makes Donald Trump seem positively globalist. Fillon would likely be a warm ally of the United States and Great Britain. Le Pen, not so much.
Fillon’s rise is being seen as a reaction to the dawning realization that France’s socialist regime has become increasingly unsustainable. To be sure, France has not where near become the basket case that Venezuela has become. But it is rapidly getting to the point, as the late Thatcher would say, when it would run out of other people’s money. Also, the French people have become terrified by the idea that they have in their midst a population of immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa who do not share French values and harbor among them people who yearn to drown France in blood. Terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice have rocked Europe and have forced people to confront the perils of unrestricted immigration.
The changes that Fillon are likely to push would be wrenching for some, no doubt. But one salient fact plagues France more than any other, that being chronically high unemployment, about 10 percent in the third quarter of 2016. If Fillon’s policies jump start economic growth and begin to bring that figure down, the French people may well welcome trading away some socialist protections to having good paying jobs, as was the case of Great Britain under Thatcher and America under Reagan.