The French have actually been more hostile to the European Union than have their British counterparts, a hostility born largely from the highly unpopular 2005 Treaty of Lisbon that had members of the French parliament abdicating French autonomy in favor of a centralized European authority.
And now whispers of a French, anti-E.U. insurgency are on the rise following the successful Brexit vote of last week.
If the Frexit movement continues to build momentum, it would be a potentially crippling blow to an already wobbly European Union that was stunned by the earlier Brexit vote.
Globalism has found many enemies within a number of nations, and in France, the dislike of globalism is now making for some strange bedfellows as politicians and voters from both the left and the right are coming together to fight for French autonomy.
“The gap between pro- and anti-Europeans is in the process of replacing the right-left cleavage. This situation obligates us to reinvent Europe.”
Those are the words of former French Prime Minister, Alain Juppé, spoken just days ago. It is an important observation, one that is also being played out here in the United States via the millions of seemingly disparate Donald Trump supporters. From blue collar union workers, to liberal anti-Free Trade advocates, to legal immigrants, and longtime closed borders advocates, Trump is a candidate who has grown beyond the limited divide of mere “left” and “right” in American politics.
And just like Trump is fond of declaring “America first” must by this election cycle’s rallying cry, so too are an increasing number of French demanding “France first” leadership. Current socialist French President, François Hollande is mired in record low approval ratings among French voters and is unlikely to even qualify for the 2017 election.
French journalist, Benoît Hopquin, just published a column in which he decried the “carcass” that is now France after years of globalization policies, a carcass marked by closed factories, lost jobs, and neighborhoods dominated by blight and hopelessness – a message almost identical to that of the Trump campaign here in America.
Battle lines are being drawn, pitting national pride versus the New World Order.
Both Brexit and Donald Trump represent the appeal of nationalism and self-determination, and have made powerful enemies among those who would see national borders disappear, right along with national identity.
Will it be Vive la France, or a globalist collective?
It appears we might just find out soon enough.