Speaking on a French television program, Sarkozy echoed the remarks of British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Last week, Cameron flatly declared multiculturalism a sad failure, and Merkel said as much in October.
"My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure," Sarkozy said on TFI television, adding,
Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want ... a society where communities coexist side by side.
If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France....
We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him.
France to Blame for Its Own Troubles
Thanks to Islamic immigration, France is a literal mess. Outside Paris, Muslims have established what the French call no-go zones, in which native French and police dare not set foot. The 751 areas are called Zones Urbaines Sensibles, meaning sensitive urban zones.
Their response to the unrest was to offer more welfare to African Muslims and blame themselves for not doing their part in making the Muslims feel welcome in the City of Lights.
When Muslims across Gaul erupted into that mad rage in 2005, French President Jacques Chirac rushed to blame his countrymen. The visiting President of Lativa told reporters that Chirac said Muslims rioted because of the “ghettoization of youths of African or North African origin” and “the incapacity of French society to fully accept them.”
Chirac also thought his country “has not done everything possible for these youths, supported them so they feel understood, heard and respected,” citing high unemployment among the African immigrants.
Unsurprisingly, French law began to reflect that view. It now punishes those who criticize Islam. Authorities have prosecuted actress Brigitte Bardot five times for comments about the Muslim invasion and the grisly practices of Muslims when slaughtering livestock.
France, however, may have wised up. It recently banned the burqa, the medieval head-to-toe covering that strict Muslim men expect their women to wear, as well as other face-covering veils.
Sarkozy, No. 3
Sarkozy is the third European head of state to admit the truth about multiculturalism, which for all intents and purposes means admitting the truth that Muslims are not assimilating, and that native Europeans are tired of listening to their ridiculous demands and caterwauling about rights.
Last week, Great Britain's Cameron unloaded his thoughts as well, as The New American reported:
The "doctrine of state multiculturalism [has] encouraged different cultures to live separate lives apart from each and apart from the mainstream." he said.
We have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong.
We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values.
We need to think much harder who it’s in the public interest to work with. Some organizations that seek to present themselves a gateway to the Muslims community are showered with public money despite doing little to combat extremism.…
So let’s properly judge these organisations:
Do they believe in universal human rights — including for women and people of other faiths?
Do they believe in equality of all before the law?
Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government?
Do they encourage integration or separatism?
Germany's Chancellor is of a similar mind. Said Merkel:
We kidded ourselves a while[;] we said: "They won't stay, sometime they will be gone," but this isn’t reality. And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other... has failed, utterly failed.
Obvious Solution Avoided
But none of the European leaders offered the obvious solution: stopping Muslim immigration. Nor did they suggest it might be a good idea for Europeans to begin having children again. Birth rates across the continent have plummeted below replacement level, with the situation in Germany being the worst. Thus, mass immigration is attractive to political elites because they need workers to create the tax base to support the gargantuan welfare states those elites erected in the 20th century.
Problem is, the immigrants they invited in are demanding sweeping changes in laws that would allow them to carry on as if they were a separate society. In Britain, for instance, as The New American has reported, Muslims have been agitating for and receiving special treatment. Swimming pools in London accommodate Muslim sensibilities in bathing attire. Schools serve halal food. Prison guards have been forbidden to wear St. George’s Cross because it supposedly offends Muslims prisoners sensitive about the Crusades.
Muslims have flatly called for Sharia or Islamic law in Britain. The Archbishop of Canterbury has said some form of Sharia law there is "unavoidable."
In Germany a few years ago, a judge ruled against giving a battered Muslim wife a divorce because the Koran sanctions “castigating wives.” Essentially, he sanctioned Sharia or Islamic law.
Yet Merkel not only ducks the immigration question but instead avers that Islam is as integral to Germany as Christianity.
Sadly, Sarkozy and Cameron would likely say the same thing about their own countries.
Photo of Nicolas Sarkozy: AP Images