Ordinary Europeans are worrying about their uninvited guests.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the global Frankfurt Book Fair last week, preaching European unity and cultural diversity to thousands of book buyers, agents, editors, and publishers. But French author Michel Houellebecq’s appearance and reading from Submission stole the show.

“There are so many groups trying to spread hatred, fanaticism, and dogmatism, and we have to stand up to that,” Macron declared to the crowd, leaving what groups he was thinking of unnamed. Books are “what holds us together, what prevents us from closing ourselves off, and prevents us from giving way to fear, brutality, and disunity.” They “help us to understand and see what we have in common, and to understand our differences,” Merkel added with signature vacancy. “In literature, we see the reflection of the soul of our society, which is based on freedom, and that freedom of expression goes hand-in-glove with political freedom.”

  • simus1

    Macron the Moron should just change his name to “Nero” and practice shrugging his shoulders to use as his answer for all coming events.

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  • andycanuck

    Mark Steyn occasionally cites that there are more books translated from English into Spanish each year than books written in Arabic in the entire world. So maybe trying to link “Islam is peace” and toleration to books isn’t too bright.

    • Dana Garcia

      The event under discussion was one of the world’s top book fairs, so the political leaders are sort of required to speak of the importance of books. Of course, not all books are of equal value.

      • WalterBannon

        the problem with books TODAY is the left wing morons who are writing most of them… so they are not worth crap

  • WalterBannon

    books also make good kindling for burning left wing politicians at the stake

    time for a BBQ, medieval style…

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Macron and Merkel have attained new platitudes of accomplishment.

  • Hard Little Machine

    As Douglas Murray quipped, the most apocalyptic predictions of the future of Europe were utterly woefully off the mark. Enoch Powell wasn’t even close to what has actually happened TO England since the Rivers of Blood speech.