Well, I donâ€™t read or speak French, have probably spent less than 30 days in France in my entire life, and I donâ€™t tend to follow French politics much. But what the heck, here I go.
Of leading French politicians, it seems Nicolas Sarkozy has actually made one of the stronger efforts to reach out to the Muslim community…
For instance, he pushed for a law that allowed for government subsidies to build mosques, supported the creation of the French Council for the Muslim Religion, and even appears to support a form of French “affirmative action.” Though Iâ€™m put off by his populist law-and-order rhetoric and the threat it poses to civil liberties, it seems grossly unfair to tar him with racism â€“ which seems to be whatâ€™s happening, with calls for his resignation coming from the embattled Paris suburbs.
Iâ€™ll go even further out on a limb and say that Sarkozyâ€™s political star is tied to the success of any future economic liberalization in France. Indeed, he seems to be the only hope right now for reforming Franceâ€™s â€“ and Europeâ€™s â€“ bloated agricultural subsidies.
Without a reduction of European agricultural subsidies, the Americans will never reduce their own bloated farm subsidies. Without a reduction in American farm subsidies, Brazil and Argentina will never sign onto a Free Trade Agreement for the Americas (FTAA). Without a fair FTAA deal, Latin American farmers will continue to suffer.
Why do young North African immigrants in France hate Latin American farmers?