France’s infamous literary rogue, Michel Houellebecq, has again displayed his talent for provocation with the announcement that his next novel, Soumission (Submission), is about a future France where a Muslim party wins the presidency
The year is 2022 and President François Hollande is in the final stretch of his second and last stint in power. The top two parties vying to take over from him are the far-right Front National and the Muslim Fraternity.
The Muslim party wins the presidential election by allying itself with the Socialists and the centrists, and its leader names as prime minister François Bayrou (who in reality is currently the leader of the centrist MoDem party).
France is in turmoil.
This scenario is the plot of the new novel due out next month by Michel Houellebecq, one of France’s top literary exports, according to Les Inrocks magazine. No-one at the publisher, Flammarion, was immediately available to confirm the report when contacted by The Local.
Not much of a stretch, is it? Related: French president lauds contribution of immigrants: “There are those who dream of a little France … a France turned inward,” Hollande said. “We must fight against these (ideas) in the name of France.”