France Not Yet Lost

(From The Telegraph)

21 year old Sabine Herold is trying to save France:

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Dubbed France’s Lady Thatcher by the newspapers, Mademoiselle Herold has been leading the rallies against the unions who have been crippling her country. Standing on a telephone box in her pearl earrings and high heels, she addresses crowds of 80,000, urging them to rise up against the striking teachers, Metro workers, rubbish collectors and air traffic controllers who are ruining people’s lives. With her student friends, she has set up an organisation: Liberte J’Ecris Ton Nom, which has thousands of members, demanding that France reforms.

“I love Britain. I love Margaret Thatcher. I love the way you have overcome the unions and are not afraid to privatise. I love the way you work so hard. In France, we have become lazy and staid. We think only of weekends, holidays and how great we once were. We need a dose of Thatcherism.”

George Orwell’s Animal Farm, she tells them, was the first political tract she ever read. “It blew me away. In France, communism is not a dirty word – many of the trade unions are openly communist. Being Right-wing and libertarian is considered dangerous.”

As we head for the Eurostar, she is wistful. “I would love to live here, but my place is in France. I want to make us great again.”

Rock on, sister.

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