69 million page views

Self-Interest Will Determine France's Future

Reader comment on item: Who Will Write France's Future?

Submitted by Dave (United States), Jun 8, 2016 at 13:39

It may be useful to consider and track that all-important driver of human behavior: Self-interest.

Muslim immigration to France and Western Europe in general was very useful for France in years past as a source of cheap labor, especially considering the declining native European birth rates. In later years, as the Muslim minority has greatly increased, problems have arisen: Crime, car burning, terrorist attacks, welfare expenses, religious extremism etc.

Clearly, going forward, the benefits to France are diminishing, while the benefits to the immigrants continue to accrue. Unless the native French are masochists, which I highly doubt, they should increasingly demand a lid on Muslim immigration, and polls show that that is happening; Marine Le Pen has gained popularity. Since Muslims have opposing interests, violence could arise. Ultimately, the French will assert their self-interest and preserve their culture, but the process could be very painful.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Self-Interest Will Determine France's Future by Dave

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)