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Saturday, April 5, 2014

France's elections

(March 24, 2014)

I think this blog is going to turn into the Fida Bassil fan-club. Here she is again, this time discussing recent French elections that swung to the far-right, and what this means for Muslims living in France.

This is Fida after the show was over, wishing us all a good day.

And this is the French lady winning the elections:

Fida spoke with a couple of people. First, an analyst said that it was bad politics to be defined by what you are against. In the case of the far-right French, they are against immigration. The analyst said that they'd had to branch out some: they now had positions on all issues and not just immigration.

Then Fida spoke to a man named Eli. Eli is originally Lebanese, but he supports France's far-right parties.

How is that possible? Fida asks him. You are an immigrant yourself.

Eli: yes, but this party is not against immigrants, it is just against the politics of immigration. If you invite someone into your home, would you do so without having enough food for them to eat? Right now in France, we have economic problems, and few jobs, and the immigrants coming in are all ...

Fida asked him: your far-right party has been in power before, but was quickly voted out. What are you going to do differently this time?

Eli: France is a democracy. We don't want to control how people vote. They vote for whom they choose.

Fida: okay, but what's your strategy?

Eli: babbled on.

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