France had its chance and blew it.
After suffering dozens of heinous terror attacks over the past few years — leaving a trail of blood from Paris to Nice and beyond — the last thing our NATO ally needed was to elect another weak-kneed leader like Emmanuel Macron, whom political opponent Marine Le Pen fittingly referred to as “Mrs. Merkel” in their last public debate — a cutting reference to the pro-EU German chancellor.
What France needed yesterday in its high-stakes presidential election was a break from the status quo — because the status quo isn’t working.
If the multi-year state of emergency isn’t a clear indication, just look at the 37-year-old French police officer, Xavier Jugele, who was shot dead in cold blood by an ISIS soldier on the Champs Elysees last month. Or the 130 civilians massacred during the multi-pronged terror attack at the Bataclan concert hall and surrounding areas in 2015. Or the 85 innocent civilians — including two Americans vacationing in Nice — mauled to death in a horrific truck attack during a Bastille Day celebration last July at the hands of radical Islamist extremists.
With France under attack, its citizens should have voted for a change agent yesterday. Not another EU-backing, lax immigration politician like Macron whose policies have also failed France’s middle class. Particularly the “rust belt” areas in France hardest hit by policies benefiting elites, not the working class.
Voters had their chance to elect a strong leader in Le Pen who, like President Trump, isn’t afraid to take whatever steps necessary to place France’s economic interests and the safety of its citizens first. Especially when it comes to fighting radical Islamist extremism, which has taken hundreds of French lives in bombings, knife or truck attacks.
Le Pen vowed to take back France’s borders — effectively erased by globalism — and get serious about immigration reform. Under a Le Pen presidency, legal immigration would’ve been capped at 10,000 annually, versus Macron who favors programs that support “assimilation.”
Which Bostonians know firsthand didn’t work with the marathon bombers.
Both Tsarnaev jihadists failed to assimilate to Western culture and look what chaos and devastation they caused here in Boston.
But in an approximate 64-36 vote tally in early returns favoring Emmanuel Macron last night, risk-averse French voters lacked the courage demonstrated by U.K. citizens who voted to “Brexit” the EU last summer. Instead the French pulled the lever for another open-borders globalist.
Utopian “we are all one” political ideologies won’t win the War on Terror. Only bold leadership will.
Adriana Cohen is the host of the “Adriana Cohen Show” airing Wednesdays at noon on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.
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