My restrictions are bigger than your re-dick-ions, er, restrictions

A combination of insecurity and the safety of numbers (for leaders) is driving shutdown hysterics   

John Keiger in US Spectator: France’s downward spiral of coronavirus repression.

But the governing class is uncomfortable. They appear to have believed other states would follow their lead on rigid confinement. They are sensitive to the fact that only six out of some 30 European states (France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria) are enforcing confinement so strictly, and they clearly would have liked one of the larger democracies to join the club. This is why President Macron pressured Boris Johnson the day before yesterday to apply tougher confinement rules, and threatened to close the border with Britain if he failed to do so.

 
One group, however, is exempt from any police harassment, fines or criticism: Muslims.

There is also simmering panic because the French government is increasingly aware that in parts of France confinement is being deliberately flouted as a gesture of protest against the French state. This is the case, for example, in the northern banlieues of Paris. They have long been taboo, swept under the carpet by politicians and media alike. Applying the curfews and confinement with the same stringency as elsewhere has the potential to spark serious rioting, violent clashes with the police and the stigma of French race riots. On March 20 the French government’s official spokesman floundered when attempting to explain why French police were having difficulty enforcing confinement in these areas. France’s interior minister studiously avoids the issue on Twitter.

 
Ironic that the demographic usually seen as cursedly hostile to French liberté is now the only one upholding it.

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18 Responses to My restrictions are bigger than your re-dick-ions, er, restrictions

  1. Dylan

    Lockdown here in France doesn’t stop the terror:

    A man wielding a knife attacked residents of a French town while they ventured out to shop amid a nationwide coronavirus lockdown Saturday, killing two people and wounding five others in an act that led authorities to open a terrorism inquiry.

    France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor’s office said the assailant was arrested near the scene of the attack in the town of Romans-sur-Isere, south of Lyon, as he was kneeling on the sidewalk praying in Arabic…

    During a subsequent search of his home, authorities found handwritten documents that included arguments about religion and a complaint about living in a “country of unbelievers,” officials said. The prosecutor’s office did not confirm reports that the man shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is great) as he stabbed and slashed people…

    Analysts say some extremist groups see the upheaval from the virus pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters.

  2. mem

    Quote

    Today is the end of week one. Pre-confinement feels like months ago. What will become of France if she is to endure another month of this? As I check the COVID-19 statistics, it is impossible not to notice those of the World Health Organization for the winter of 2018-19 when French deaths from seasonal flu reached 8,100. I was in France then too, but don’t seem to recall the panic.

    Indeed. What is needed is perspective. A quality lost to the me too generation.

  3. notafan

    I guess the proof of the pudding will be in the eating.

    M uslim are don’t care fatalists anyhow.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Yes.

    Migrant-Populated District of Paris Sees 200 Fines Daily for Lockdown Violations (4 Apr)

    The heavily migrant-populated 18th arrondissement is seeing 200+ violations of anti-coronavirus lockdown measures daily as authorities struggle to keep residents off the streets.

    Since the lockdown restrictions were implemented by President Emmanuel Macron on March 17th, a hundred police officers have been deployed every day on the streets in the 18th arrondissement — but many are ignoring the rules, according to police divisional commissioner Emmanuelle Oster.

    The residents of the area were caught largely ignoring the measures from the start, with a French journalist recording various video clips of people gathering in large crowds and becoming angry and combative with police officers trying to enforce the rules.

    The gendarmes may fine them but somehow I doubt the fines will ever be actually paid.

  5. Ironic that the demographic usually seen as cursedly hostile to French liberté is now the only one upholding it.

    Don’t kid yourself mate. They’re not upholding French liberte’, they’re upholding their disgust for anything French, including French law.
    When they get their chance (and they will if the insanity is not stopped and reversed), they will impose their own permanent curfews and deportations.
    Half the population will be in a curfew of sorts right from the start.

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    let them eat yellow vests

  7. Roger

    They’re not upholding French liberte’, they’re upholding their disgust for anything French, including French law.

    I was going to say…

  8. Lee

    One group, however, is exempt from any police harassment, fines or criticism: Muslims.

    ’twas ever so.

  9. David Brewer

    The article is rather out of date (24 March) and not accurate, as for example, Belgium “is not in complete lockdown as cycling and walking are allowed at all times“; the one-kilometer limit in France applies only to exercise, not to shopping; and the fine for a second infringement there, at least since 28 March, is €200, not €1,500.

    Still, the underlying truth remains, as stated 102 years ago by Mencken, that

    the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary

    And boy is working a treat this time.

  10. Confused Old Misfit

    Who in Australia will come out on ANZAC Day?

  11. Confused Old Misfit

    Who in Australia will be in their church on Easter Sunday?

  12. Biota

    hence clamorous to be led to safety

    It doesn’t look like Australians are very clamorous. Plenty of people out on boats and jet skis or fishing from the shore sometimes in groups. They are mostly obliging because it is probably good for their health, not because they are scared of authority. I can’t see repression becoming the default here following the pandemic.
    As for the French M_lims, its an interesting experiment, will they come down en masse of will big Al protect them.

  13. stackja

    Does the mentioned excluded have virus immunity?

  14. Professor Fred Lenin

    What if it sweeps through the Muslim ucommunity and carries off lots of them ? And of course the semi indigenous community too ? Where’s your cultimulturism then ?
    Be the ruination of globalism this willl be bloody Chinese .

  15. Squirrel

    The real fun will start when the police drones are shot down by Stinger missiles……….

  16. miltonf

    Macaroon proved the it was possible to get an even meaner and crummier president than Holland. These deadshits are true bullies in the sense that if anyone fights back hard they back off.

  17. Macaroon proved the it was possible to get an even meaner and crummier president than Holland. These deadshits are true bullies in the sense that if anyone fights back hard they back off.

    It’s not just their elite. The French ALWAYS back off when it gets a bit tough (see history).
    Jokes like “For sale, one 2nd hand French military rifle. Never fired, dropped once” are funny because they are near enough to reality.

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