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January 13, 2015

French (Socialist) Prime Minister Declares "France Is At War With Terrorism, With Jihadism, and With Radical Islam"

Hey can we trade our socialist for theirs?

Incidentally, this Valls character was already popular and is acquitting himself very well in all this. If they can engineer Hollande not running again, he would be a big threat to keep the presidency (which the Socialists really should lose, and lose badly).

Four standing ovations for the prime minister, from all quarters. A session without precedent in the National Assembly. Manuel Valls inflamed, Tuesday, the Hemicycle (the National Assembly building), in delivering a speech called "historic," even in the ranks of the opposition.

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For the first time, the prime minister declared: "Yes, France is at war against terrorism, jihadism, and radical Islam... but not against a religion." "France is not at war against Islam or the Muslims.... France will protect all of its citizens, those who believe and and those who don't," declared Calls, under the thunder of applause.

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Manuel Valls had also furiously railed against "anti-semitic acts, which have known in France a terrible precedent." Facing the legislators, some of whom were unable to hold back tears of emotion, Valls boomed: "How can it be accepted that in France, land of the emancipation of the Jews for two centuries, but which was also, for sixty-eight years, one of the lands of their suffering [referring to WWII], how can we accept that we would hear in our streets 'death to the Jews'?!"

Meanwhile, Obama golfed, and thought about the upcoming division championship game.

Before Valls spoke, the Assembly observed a minute of silence to respect the dead of the latest terrorist barbarity, then erupted into a spontaneous (?) rendition of La Marseillaise. It was the first time the anthem was sung there since the end of the Great War.


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