Wednesday, November 16, 2005

à propos de la France...

...Justin Yoshida scrawled a comment, which I repost here as its own entry:

Last week, I asked my Frenchie pal Stephanie why they were rioting and she immediately answered, "because they are stupid, violent idiots." She also said anybody who claims that religion is not a factor is just as stupid.

That was the word from a Mimizan native, at least.

There's going to be plenty of debate over the role religion has played over the past three decades in France, but there's no denying that religious issues are, now and for the foreseeable future, crucial factors in where France-- and by extension, Europe-- heads next.


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