Oh dear! De Gaulle warned us in 1959. But nobody listened

DeGaulle“Try to mix oil and vinegar. Shake the bottle. In a moment they will separate again. Arabs are Arabs and French are French. Do you believe that the French nation can absorb ten million M*sl*ms, who perhaps tomorrow will be twenty million and the day after forty million? If we adopt integration, if all the Arabs and Berbers of Algeria were considered as Frenchmen, what would prevent them from coming and settling in mainland France where the standard of living is much higher? My village would no longer be called Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, but Colombey-les-Deux-Mosquees!”

  • moraywatson

    Yeah, but De Gaulle is no Merkel. (sarc off)

  • Brenda

    De Gaulle warned us? De Gaulle was responsible for the fuck-up that was French decolonization of Algeria! I’m no expert on the subject, but didn’t he leave Algerian loyalist troops who had fought for the French to get massacred when the French left, thus ensuring that Muslims will think twice before again siding with westerners and abandoning their own murderous backward culture? And somehow, he complains that he doesn’t want them moving to France: but they did that anyway, didn’t they? While all the French who had lived in Algeria had to get the hell out? Now Muslims are everywhere, while Europeans are in retreat.

    • pike bishop

      Perfidious Gaul.

  • Ron MacDonald

    More likely cakked Colombey-les-dix-neuf-Mosquees!”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    De Gaulle was a flaming jackass on so many fronts and his skill as a patriotic French warrior was made up to sell newspapers.
    We (The U.S.) would have preferred to deal with the Vichy government.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      De Gaulle was a meddling asshole who was sent packing after his ‘Vive le Quebec libre!’ remark.

      • Half Judean (Destroyer-Drone)

        Like the German recipients of Marshall Plan aid, the French were top-notch ingrates who diverted much of American cash into funding their own petty adventures against the donor in question.

        When the money ran out, they blamed the end of this supposed autarkic golden age on the woes of Anglo-Saxon free market capitalism.

        The irony.

    • pike bishop

      The French Resistance, the original oxymoron.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Churchill said of him, “Everybody has a cross he must bear. Mine is the Cross of Lorraine.”

    • Half Judean (Destroyer-Drone)

      France should have been cut up into several occupation zones, much like Germany was.

  • pike bishop

    I don’t know anything much about him except for the “…vive Quebec libre…”
    What can I say except…”vive Quebec libre…” & adieu & goodbye & farewell & FOAD.

  • Half Judean (Destroyer-Drone)

    There is a world of difference between what de Gaulle said and what de Gaulle did.

    He betrayed the Pieds-Noirs in French Algeria, pulled out of NATO, expelled US/UK/CA troops stationed in France, embargoed Israel (destroying his own armaments industry in the process), cozied up to China & the USSR, propped up half of Germany against the West, and turned former African colonies into near-Orwellian satellite states while he focused on building a French-led EEC.

    In spite of all this, the French love him to bits. Speaks volumes about them if you ask me.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Blind squirrel. Acorn.

  • Half Judean (Destroyer-Drone)
  • Alain

    As bad as De Gaulle was the one thing I am certain of is that he was totally patriotic. He never would have given up French sovereignty to the like of the EU, and certainly never would have tolerated being forced to accept this massive invasion of Muslims. That said I agree with the comments others here made about him.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      De Gaulle stoked Quebec sovereignty in Canada when he had no right.
      If I ever visit France, I will only do so once as the leader of a victorious invading Canadian Army.
      And then I shall retire to my bunker safe in the knowledge that I have already lived longer than Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.

  • Nic

    The only thing I remember from De Gaulle is the border line Antisemitic comments on the eve of the 6 day war.