Paris Afterparty

First mistake: Emmanuel Macron’s handlers played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” instead of the French national anthem at the winner’s election rally. Well, at least they didn’t play “Deutschland Über Alles.” The tensions in the Euroland situation remain: the 20 percent-plus youth unemployment, the papered-over insolvency of the European banks, and the implacable contraction of economic activity, especially at the southern rim of the EU.

The clash of civilizations brought on by the EU’s self-induced refugee glut still hangs over the continent like a hijab. That there was no Islamic terror violence around the election should not be reassuring. The interests of the jihadists probably lie in the continued squishiness of the status quo, with its sentimental multiculture fantasies — can’t we all just get along? — so En Marche was their best bet. LePen might have pushed back hard. Macron looks to bathe France’s Islamic antagonists in a nutrient-medium of Hollandaise lite.

h/t Waffle

  • Gary

    This reminds me of when Bob Rae won the Election in Ontario and drove the province into a massive deficit cycle that he still denies being responsible for .
    Bob Rae had a mental breakdown that was so bad he became a Liberal.

    • Those were the days.

      • Clausewitz

        Well it did lead directly to the Harris government and the conservative revolution.

  • Clausewitz

    Reason why they did not play the French national anthem, but played German music.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      He loves the older ladies! *sigh*

  • Watchman

    “Ode to Joy” because “Horst Wessel-Lied” is still banned in their master’s land (Germany)?

    • canminuteman

      What did Horst Weasel. Lie about?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    More appropriate to play something French, like “Danse Macabre.”

  • Raymond Cameron

    “Ode to Joy” is the anthem of the European Union.They played it because the French lost to Europe.
    Like Marine said the new French president is Angela Merkel.

  • Hard Little Machine

    That ‘Youngest Leader Since Napoleon’ thing gave me a laugh. Does no one know how that unfurled?

    And CBS said “Youngest President Since Napoleon” because crowning yourself Emperor is the same thing as President. They must think Obama is still president.