We’ve Passed The French Test!

France has decided to join us, so we must be winning.

The French are a deeply opportunist people who only do things that are of immediate value to them – think of 60 million Bill Gateses.

Now they’ve decided that a) Mullahs with nukes will harm France, and b) The US is winning in Iraq, and is not a busted flush. And so:

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has directly accused Iran of seeking a nuclear bomb and urged “stronger sanctions” against Teheran.

It was the latest sign that Mr Sarkozy is positioning France as America’s key European ally in tackling Teheran’s nuclear ambitions.

Mr Sarkozy said France did not want a war, but flatly declared in a television interview that “Iran is trying to obtain an atomic bomb”.

He added: “That is unacceptable and I tell the French people it is unacceptable.”

It’s not just talk – here’s a very good suggestion:

Representatives of the Security Council’s five permanent members met in Washington yesterday to discuss more sanctions, but China and Russia are both opposed to the move, pointing to a new agreement between Iran and inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

France has countered by suggesting that European countries bypass the UN and impose bilateral sanctions on Iran. These measures could have a severe effect on Teheran.

Plus they’re learning from success:

After years of spurning British political methods as incompatible with the French social model, Gallic ministers are flocking to London to seek inspiration on how to modernise their government.

At least six French ministers have crossed the channel since Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president in May.

If they keep this up, we might just start drinking their wine again.


2 Responses to We’ve Passed The French Test!

  1. Nick says:

    Interesting. What’s event more interestng is that you qualify the French of being opportunistic. I hope this is a lack of accuracy and that you really meant “the French government”. Otherwise, you are blatantly narrow minded. Do YOU agree 100% with the governments of the country you so care about? Does everybody around you agree 100% with the governments of their country? I hope you get my point.
    Secondly, if my memory serves me, which government yapped by the USA’s legs to join a meaningless war in Irak? Can you remind me what the French Govt -and others- did at the time and, more importantly, said about the liely outcome of this “preventive” war? Hint: it’s unfortunately very close to the present situation in Irak right now: chaos. And we are talking here about opportunism on the international scene?
    Finally, after living 4 years in the UK myself and “enjoying” the railway, the social services, etc, I can’t say that I find it particularly reassuring that some French ministers come to London to seek inspiration….. Did I miss the irony of your thread since not that long ago (still?) Bristish patients were flown to France for medical care.
    Good and bad things both in the UK, USA and elsewhere.

    If you really want to raise worthy ideas and start useful and interresting debates, you’ll have to do better than this, I’m affraid. I hope you had a bad day and that tomorrow will be better…


  2. gandalf says:


    Here’s who it works.

    There are strong genetic differences between races and between the sexes. And there are strong cultural differences between nations.

    That’s based on the data, for example the CPI index, and my own experience – I’ve worked in 5 nations, currently live in 3, and have family in another 4.

    That doesn’t mean that there isn’t some overlap between races, the sexes, and nations since most characteristics follow the bell curve distribution.

    So you can – for example – encounter French people who are as altruistic as Anglos.

    But not very often.

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