Taking our attention outside of U.S. polls, surveys and studies, let’s take a look at a poll from France, where Macron is facing fire due to proposed carbon tax hikes to “combat” climate change which are resulting in higher gas prices and is seeing a 26% approval rating, a new low in his presidency.
But this poll does not really touch upon people’s view of Macron or even the carbon tax. It has to do with immigration and how it affects multiple aspects of the country.
According to Le Point, a French news source reporting on the poll, “58% of French people consider negative the role of immigration in general, and the trend is found in almost all the themes declined: growth (54%), future of the country (55%), identity of the country (58%), respect for secularism (61%), social cohesion (64%), or security (66%).”
If that paragraph read a bit weird, that is because the original page was in French and I had Google translate it to English, so the phrasing of some things will seem a bit odd.
Basically, what that said is that 58% of French people consider immigration in general to be a negative, with increasing majorities believing immigration is bad for the future and identity of the country, social cohesion and national security among other things.
The Le Point article continues: “More broadly, 64% believe that welcoming additional immigrants is not desirable, as many illegal immigrants regularly arrive in Europe, and that the migration issue is likely to be important in the public debate before the European elections of May 2019.”
According to the poll, 71% consider that economic migration gives way to employers pulling down wages.
Now, this being a French news source, I suspect that the French people largely mean illegal immigrants, not simply those who legally enter the country and reside in it. However, they could also be talking about legal immigrants as well. I won’t leave that possibility off the table.
Why? Because immigration CAN hurt the economy. If immigrants, legal or illegal, enter the country and live off of government welfare, then they are taking from the economy and not giving anything back. If immigrants enter the work force and earn enough not to rely on the government (which could be difficult for multiple reasons), then they are not a liability, but an asset to the economy.
If the majority of French people believe immigrants are hurting the economy, it might be because said immigrants in general might not actually be in the work force and contributing to the economy. Granted, this is a poll that says the French believe this to be the case, not something that proves this to be the case, but the people might believe this for a reason.
Of course, something else that might be hurting the economy is the fact that France has a 45% tax rate on income (as opposed to the tax brackets here in the U.S. that range from 10% to 37% depending on your income) and that Macron is proposing raising taxes on carbon, thus raising gas prices, for the purposes of fighting a hoax of a problem, but immigration could also be something to point out.
Now, allow me to get to what I consider to be the best part of the poll. Still within the topic of immigration, 63% are in favor of abolishing the Schengen Agreement, which is an agreement that established free movement of persons across borders within the European Union. The abolition of such an agreement would restore national borders and would allow European countries within the Union to have a say in who they allow into the country.
In other words, 63% of French people support having national borders and having the national government have authority over migration into the country.
Now, that number should, according to common sense and reason, be far higher. It simply makes no sense for the EU to have control over an individual country’s borders, forcing them to take people they might not want to take in. But that’s just globalism for you. Globalism, at the end of the day, is global communism. It’s unelected officials deciding how the world works.
It’s for this reason that so many people in Great Britain voted to leave the EU (although May and other pro-EU hacks managed to completely sabotage that). It’s partly for this reason that Italians voted into power a populist, not a globalist. And it’s clear to me that the people of France might be heading back towards nationalism.
Let me remind you of two survey items in the poll: future of the country and identity of the country. Both were issues in which a majority (55% and 58% respectively) felt that immigration was harming them. Globalists don’t care about the future or identity of an individual country. These are people who are against borders in general. They don’t care about what people in an individual country think. They don’t care what people think in general! They are unelected. They have no reason to please anyone but themselves. They have no accountability for the chaos they sow.
And they are so far up their own behinds they think they can just bully people around without any push-back. Well, the French people seem to be really pushing back here. Sure, this topic is largely about immigration, but there are underlying topics of conversation within this poll alone.
The French people in this poll might signify the start of some major push-back against globalism. These people clearly care about their own national identity, which is something nationalists care about, not globalists.
They care about their own country’s well-being, whereas globalists only care about an individual country so long as that country plays ball and serves as an asset to the globalists and their agenda.
So this, combined with the fact that Macron’s approval rating stands at a record low of 26% for him, and I can’t help but see at least some push-back against globalism and globalists like Macron.
Of course, I could be wrong and this could really not mean a whole lot at the end of the day, but I can’t help but notice these sorts of things and remain optimistic with good reason.
Now, since this is largely a conversation about immigration in general, I wonder how the Left would react to seeing this sort of thing. Would they call the French racists? I wouldn’t put it past them to do that.
In fact, the very source where I got this information, Le Point, wrote that “this survey illustrates the hostility of a French population that has integrated a large number of immigrants for decades, a phenomenon that has contributed to the transformation of society, all in a weak national economic context.”
Thinking that immigration has negative effects on the economy is apparently considered “hostile” now. Le Point also repeats that word later on when talking about economic migration, saying: “But [the French] are hostile to economic migration,” before sharing the percentage of people who say that it allows for employers to drive wages down.
So the very source that’s reporting on the poll has some negative things to say about the French people who feel this way. As a result, were this to be talked about by any American mainstream source, I could imagine that source also having negative things to say, though would perhaps go further than simply suggest this is a “hostile” attitude.
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