En pleine polémique sur la viande halal, François Fillon a déclaré lundi matin que "les religions devaient réfléchir au maintien de traditions qui n'ont plus grand chose à voir avec l'état aujourd'hui de la science, l'état de la technologie, les problèmes de santé".The French Right seems to be taking its cues straight from the American Right's culture wars playbook. But this is really getting out of hand. If the strategy is to attract Le Pen voters, the UMP had better watch out: any more dérapages of this sort and anyone hesitating between Sarkozy and Le Pen will have no reason to avoid Le Pen, whose efforts to disassociate her party from its anti-Semitic demons are visibly more successful than the efforts of the formerly "respectable" Right to woo back her voters.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Now They're After the Kosher Meat Too!
The CRIF is shocked! François Fillon seems to want to include kosher as well as hallal meat in the UMP's latest assault on what it believes to be "the primary preoccupation of the French" (dixit le président): the fear that a piece of meat sanctified by someone else's religious dietary laws might pass the lips of "des Français innocents," to borrow Raymond Barre's expression of regret for French Catholics slain by accident in a terrorist attack aimed at French Jews: