Riots in Paris The police underestimated the madness of the crowd

Riots in Paris: The police underestimated the madness of the crowd. By Claire Berlinski.

The Gilets Jaunes, or Yellow Jackets … claim to be leaderless and unaffiliated with any party, politician, or unions. They are mostly working- and middle-class people from France’s abandoned rural provinces. …

I spent Saturday speaking to the Gilets Jaunes near the Bastille, where I figured I’d have a good vantage point on a traditional protest site. I walked with them as they slowly made their way to the city hall, or Hôtel de Ville. It was obvious from a single glance that these weren’t Parisians, but rural people who couldn’t afford to buy expensive Parisian clothes or get chic haircuts. I instantly understood why Macron rubs them the wrong way. They looked worn out; their hands and faces were lined; they were mainly in late middle-age. They seemed to be decent, respectable, weary people who had worked hard all their lives, paid their taxes, and played by the rules.

They couldn’t have seemed less disposed to violence, nor more apolitical. They were respectful of the police, and vice-versa. As cops drove by, relaxed, the Gilets Jaunes smiled at them, like kids excited about their first trip to the big city, waved at the officers, and gave them the thumbs-up. The cops reciprocated. The sentiment was fraternal. “We’re all weary, overtaxed working men,” they were saying to each other. “We’re on the same side.”

I concluded they were just what they were advertised to be: family men and women who couldn’t make ends meet and who were tired of Macron’s attitude. Why this protest, why now, I asked? The fuel tax was just the straw that broke the camel’s back, they said; it made the difference between “able to make ends meet, barely,” and “not able to make ends meet.” It had just been getting steadily worse every year since the economic crisis began. They had run out of hope. …

People at the Charles de Gaulle Étoile saw something else entirely. There, the police were physically overwhelmed by about 5,000 Gilets Jaunes who had come explicitly prepared to do violence. … The rioter demographics were surprising. They were mainly aged 30-40, the police reported — a bit old for rioting, you’d think. They were “socially well-inserted” into the movement, but unlike the majority of the protesters, they had come with the goal of breaking and smashing things, rejecting the authority of the state and its symbols as savagely as they could. Of the 378 people taken into custody on Saturday, only 33 were minors. Most were rural men.

Yellow Vest protesters demand MORE from Macron – even after President caved in with £9billion of tax cuts

Yellow Vest protesters demand MORE from Macron – even after President caved in with £9billion of tax cuts, by Chris Pleasance.

Yellow Vest protesters demanded even more concessions from Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday even after he caved in to their demands for more pay and lower taxes with a £9billion spending splurge on Monday night. …

Meanwhile thousands of students angered by Macron’s education reforms joined the Yellow Vests on the streets for a ‘black Tuesday’ of unrest, further complicating matters for the French President.

And even Macron’s traditional allies in Europe warned they will be ‘closely monitoring’ his spending plans to check whether they fall within EU limits. …

Protesters gathered around TV sets across France on Monday night to hear Macron promise a seven per cent rise in the minimum wage, an end to tax and surcharges on overtime and pensions, and tax-free bonuses. …

But opponents said this uncosted spending bonanza would not prevent thousands of protestors taking part in a fifth weekend of action, planned for Saturday.

Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far-Left France Unbowed party, said: ‘Emmanuel Macron thought he could hand out some cash to calm the citizens’ insurrection that has erupted. I believe that Act Five will play out on Saturday.’

From Macron to May, Europe’s politics broken

From Macron to May, Europe’s politics broken, by Greg Sheridan.

Almost any road to Brexit would be manageable provided the British system had time to prepare. May’s desperate manoeuvres to hang on to her job, combined with her adamant refusal to make a decision when there is any excuse for delay, mean Britain has no chance to prepare for anything.

She is contriving the worst combination of circumstances for her nation imaginable. …

Macron’s ­humiliation … is just as comprehensive and equally as startling. Though he won the presidency in May last year with waves of ­celebrity-like goodwill from the public, he now has an approval ­rating with his people way below that which Donald Trump enjoys in the US.

Macron was cast not only as the reformer of France but also the new hero of Europe. A passionate advocate of action on climate change, he also wanted deeper ­political integration for ­Europe, a European army, a new vision of a Brussels-centric future for his troubled continent, a new model of government for the world. The French people couldn’t care less.

For four weeks now not only Paris but cities around France have burned as the “yellow-vests” movement has protested against all Macron’s reforms. They want lower petrol prices much more than they want ­climate change activism. The yellow vests the protesters wear symbolise their commitment to their cars. And the yellow-vest movement, despite spasmodic violence and vandalism, is supported by a staggering 75 per cent of the population.

Macron, who had conducted himself with the ­hauteur of a Hollywood-style hero of the elites, could not make the grand climate summit in ­Poland. Instead, he had to go home and surrender. Political action now in France doesn’t occur in the National ­Assembly or the ballot box — it happens in ­violent encounters on the streets.

Macron’s surrender to the streets was abject. And comprehensive. First, he promised to postpone the fuel tax increases. Then, quickly, he promised to scrap them ­altogether. … Macron … will introduce an increase in the minimum wage, remove ­income tax from overtime, introduce untaxed bonuses and ­increase welfare benefits. Why should public spending in France stop at a paltry 57 per cent of GDP?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Study: Elite Zip Codes Thrived in Obama Recovery, Rural America Left Behind

Study: Elite Zip Codes Thrived in Obama Recovery, Rural America Left Behind, by John Binder.

The gutting of the American manufacturing base, through free trade, has been a driving catalyst for the collapse of the white working class and black Americans. Simultaneously, the outsourcing of the economy has brought major wealth to corporations, tech conglomerates, and Wall Street.

The dramatic decline of U.S. manufacturing at the hands of free trade—where more than 3.4 million American jobs have been lost solely due to free trade with China, not including the American jobs lost due to agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS)—has coincided with growing wage inequality for white and black Americans, a growing number of single mother households, a drop in U.S. marriage rates, a general stagnation of working and middle class wages, and specifically, increased black American unemployment.

“So, the loss of manufacturing work since 1960 represents a steady decline in relatively high-paying jobs for less-educated workers,” recent research from economist Eric D. Gould has noted.

Fast-forward to the modern economy and the wage trend has been the opposite of what it was during the peak of manufacturing in the U.S. An Economic Policy Institute study found this year that been 2009 and 2015, the top one percent of American families earned about 26 times as much income as the bottom 99 percent of Americans.

History shows that concentrating most of the economic goodies in a small part of the population is never sustainable, especially in a democracy. The globalists have over-reached.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

‘Your time is up’ South Africa sets date for white farmer land grabs – March 2019

‘Your time is up’ South Africa sets date for white farmer land grabs – March 2019, by Rachel O’Donoghue.

The country’s National Assembly approved a proposal to change the constitution to make the so-called reforms legal in a vote of 183 to 77.

This paves the way for land to be taken from farmers without giving any kind of compensation. …

According to local reports, Economic Freedom Fighters MP Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi argued land grabs must go ahead as she declared: “Your time is up, white people”.

Africa for Africans, Europe for everybody. Not a peep of protest from the globalists.

Graves of white farmers

‘There is NO room for renegotiation’: Juncker delivers hammer blow to May’s hopes of saving her Brexit deal as she launches frantic tour of Europe begging for concessions to appease mutinous MPs

‘There is NO room for renegotiation’: Juncker delivers hammer blow to May’s hopes of saving her Brexit deal as she launches frantic tour of Europe begging for concessions to appease mutinous MPs, by James Tapfield.

In a speech to MEPs today EU commission president Mr Juncker warned ‘there is no room for renegotiation, but further clarifications are possible’.

The diplomatic scramble comes after Mrs May was humiliatingly forced to scrap a Commons vote on the Brexit deal to avoid catastrophic defeat.

Everything You Need to Know About This Dog’s Breakfast of a Brexit Fiasco

Everything You Need to Know About This Dog’s Breakfast of a Brexit Fiasco, by James Delingpole.

Who was it that turned the routine, unproblematic, eminently manageable customs arrangements between the Northern Irish and Irish borders into such a major obstacle? …

They plucked this imaginary problem out of thin air in order to stymie the negotiations. And instead of saying: “Bog off! The British don’t want to put up a hard border and the Irish don’t want to put up a hard border so there’s not going to be a hard border — what is your problem?”, our negotiators — taking their lead from chief Surrender Monkey Theresa May — have played along with it. By acquiescing with the enemy’s terms, they have turned a fake problem into a real problem.

Here’s my biggest fear right now: that we are about to be stitched up by the Establishment and given a spavined, milksop Brexit In Name Only which bears no resemblance to what 17.4 million Britons voted for in June 2016. And it’s all because of that “Backstop”.

British Yellow Jackets?

Last weekend’s Brexit Betrayal March was just a polite dress rehearsal. Liberal commentators such as Tanya Gold at UnHerd may deplore the fact that marchers brandished placards like “Treason May — your ‘deal’ is Brexshit” and portable sets of gallows. But I’m afraid that this is nothing compared to what’s coming if the British people don’t get the Brexit they voted for. …

Sure, we are not as prone to rioting and revolution as the French. But Brexit was our moment: our Agincourt. We won. We’re not going to give that territory back without one almighty fight. Does the liberal Establishment really not understand this?

hat-tip Charles

Kamala Harris Proposes a Dream for America that Opposes Democratic Standards

Kamala Harris Proposes a Dream for America that Opposes Democratic Standards, by Brad Slager.

It seems to be a hallmark of the Democratic party: insist on the intellectual heft of their party figures, and when proof of the opposite arises demean anyone who dares point out the evidence. Warren, Acasio-Cortez, Booker, Beto, etc. have all been pushed out on stage and sold as geniuses to be followed. Just do not resort to the hateful thing, and analyze their own words.

The latest is perhaps their brightest, California Senator Kamala Harris. Tabbed as a hopeful for the 2020 election Harris has been enthusiastically reported on in recent months …

So Kamala Harris wants to live in a world that looks more like Wakanda? … Wakanda is a notably monochromatic society. Granted, being nestled in an East African region will contribute to this, but the reality is the country is the polar opposite of diversity. This is deemed as a hateful ethno-state position, is it not? … Legal conflicts are settle in battlefield fashion between males, a rather toxic political system by my measure. The call to “invest in some women and girls” is a curious call in order to lead us to a male-dominated society.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Sabotage: The Deep State Has Destroyed Trump’s Chances Of A Trade Deal With China, And The Stock Market Is Tanking As A Result

Sabotage: The Deep State Has Destroyed Trump’s Chances Of A Trade Deal With China, And The Stock Market Is Tanking As A Result. By Michael Snyder.

Somebody out there apparently does not want President Trump to make a trade deal with China. Just after U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to suspend the implementation of new tariffs for 90 days, one of China’s most important tech executives was literally kidnapped as she was changing planes in Canada. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was simply on her way to Mexico, but at the urging of U.S. authorities the Canadians grabbed her and are refusing to let her go. Reportedly, the plan is to extradite her to the United States where she will apparently face charges relating to Huawei’s evasion of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

When Trump was negotiating face to face with the Chinese, he was not aware that this was taking place. So now all of Trump’s hard work is out the window, and our relations with the Chinese are probably the worst that they have been since the Korean War.

If U.S. authorities wanted to punish Huawei, they should have just slapped a big fine on them and have been done with it. The Chinese would have been annoyed, but not that much damage would have been done.

But kidnapping a high profile member of Chinese tech royalty and throwing her in prison is something that the Chinese will not forgive. …

Just imagine how Americans would feel if China kidnapped a high profile member of our tech royalty and multiply that outrage by about 10.

Until Meng Wanzhou is let go, there is not going to be any deal with China. Many Americans are not familiar with Huawei, but they are essentially China’s version of Apple or Microsoft.

This is What The “Trade” War With China Is Really All About

This is What The “Trade” War With China Is Really All About. By Tyler Durden.

China’s ambitions to be a leader in next-generation technology, such as artificial intelligence, … rest on whether or not it can design and manufacture cutting-edge chips. …

China’s plan has alarmed the US, and chips, or semiconductors, have become the central battlefield in the trade war between the two countries. And it is a battle in which China has a very visible Achilles heel. …

This is a concern for China as the $412 billion global semiconductor industry rests on the shoulders of just six equipment companies, with three of them based in the US. Together, these companies make nearly all of the crucial hardware and software tools needed to manufacture chips, meaning an American export ban would choke off China’s access to the basic tools needed to make their latest chip designs.

“You cannot build a semiconductor facility without using the big major equipment companies, none of which are Chinese,” said Brett Simpson, the founder of Arete Research …

As the FT, notes, the real difficulty is not in designing the chips, but in making them: “From a design perspective, Chinese companies are at least on par with anyone else in the world,” said Risto Puhakka, president of VSLI Research. “Where they have a challenge is if they decide to make a very cutting-edge chip.” …

Foremost among them is the Netherland’s ASML, which makes the photolithography machines that print and etch designs on to silicon wafers. It is the only supplier of the extreme ultra violet (EUV) lithography machines needed to make a 7-nanometre processor, the industry’s current gold standard.

Over in the US, Lam Research and Applied Materials as well as Japanese company Tokyo Electron dominate the market for equipment that can deposit billions of transistors and other active components on to a single chip. Another US company, KLA Tencor, sells much of the technology used in testing and monitoring the quality of chip production. …

Puhakka of VSLI Research said: “[These equipment suppliers] have the research and development, the trade secrets in metallurgy, the recipes: all of that knowledge base is 40 years old.” said VSLI Research’s Mr Puhakka.

“This is not about money. This about the knowledge base . . . and that knowledge base is not moving” he added, delineating China’s core dilemma. …

China has every intention of not only matching, but surpassing total US military spending — springing the biggest Thucydides Trap ever witnessed in civilization — and in light of the importance of an autonomous, self-reliant semiconductor industry, one can argue that much of this spending will go toward beating the US where it truly matters … in the technological arms race.

I used to work for KLA-Tencor, in their R&D section. Like Stanford, it is in Silicon Valley.

Apple CEO To Ban ‘Sinful’ Conservative Speech. Leaves ‘F*** White People’ and ‘Suck My D*** H**’ on iTunes.

Apple CEO To Ban ‘Sinful’ Conservative Speech. Leaves ‘F*** White People’ and ‘Suck My D*** H**’ on iTunes. By Malachi Bailey.

Speaking at Anti-Defamation League’s “Never is Now Summit” on Monday, Cook made a bizarre attack on free speech.

“We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, and violence,” Cook said. “You have no place on our platform. You have no home here.”

Of course, content that allegedly pushes “division” only applies to conservative content. Cook would be hard-pressed to remove far-left content because conservatives are the ones pushing “division” in the eyes of the left.

In reality, without “division,” the left would simply dominate everyone without opposition, which is clearly big tech’s goal.

If Apple was serious about broadly censoring “hate, division, and violence” without an ideological motive, they wouldn’t allow songs like “F*** White People” and “Suck My D*** H**” to stay on iTunes.

Apple’s platform also has countless mainstream rap songs threatening violence against President Donald Trump. …

Nobody will get banned from iTunes for peddling their crazed “Russian collusion” conspiracy theory.



Why ‘No Hate Here’ signs are actually pretty hateful

Why ‘No Hate Here’ signs are actually pretty hateful, by  F.H. Buckley.

Two of the homes feature “No Hate Here” signs. What’s up with that, you might wonder. This is a peaceful, upscale, decidedly un-diverse neighborhood. The greatest threat to suburban peace is the lone homeowner whose lawn looks a tad overgrown. There’s nothing to suggest that anyone is a racist or bigot. So again: What’s going on?

Someone came up with the label “virtue signaling” to describe the psychological impulse behind these signs. The idea is that people who put them up want to tell you how noble they are. But that doesn’t sound right. Virtue-signalers aren’t in any way in doubt about their own virtue. What they really want to do is signal how depraved others are.

It’s about vice signaling, not virtue signaling.

A couple of people on the block are Trump supporters. Those signs are likely meant for them. There’s no interaction between the two groups, and the signs are meant to keep it that way.

A couple of years back there used to be Fourth of July street picnics there. But the shindigs haven’t happened the last couple of years, and I don’t think I’ll see them again soon. Vice signaling breaks up communities, and there’s a lot of it today.

Vice signaling is a defense mechanism, meant to displace liberal guilt. There was a moment, shortly after the 2016 election, when liberals realized that ordinary Americans had turned against them, and that they had reason to do so.

Allied to the teachers unions, the liberals had permitted our schools to descend to Third World standards. They supported an immigration system that imported economic immobility. They welcomed a regulatory morass that gave elites jobs but that placed a stumbling block in the path of those who sought to get ahead.

Liberals saw all that — and then they forgot it. Rather than blame themselves, it was much easier to transfer the guilt to conservatives. That’s how vice signaling became the language of liberal politics.

President Trump Is Going To Be Impeached, the Question Is How Much Damage It Does

President Trump Is Going To Be Impeached, the Question Is How Much Damage It Does, by Streiff.

The odds of him being removed from office is very low [because it requires two thirds of the Senate] but the odds of him being impeached by the House of Representatives approaches 100%.

Despite the noises you are hearing from the Democrat party and its Congressional caucus, the House Democrats can’t not impeach Trump for several reasons.

First, they have to even the score for Clinton. …

Second, they want to put an asterisk by Trump’s election. The whole Russia-collusion narrative is being exposed for the utter bullsh** rational people always knew it to be. In its place they are going to use President Trump’s payments to two mistresses as a way of locking in their narrative that Trump won by cheating. As Nadler says, “they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office.”

Third, their base demands it and will punish them if they don’t.

Fourth, impeachment will take place as the 2020 primary season gets underway and they undoubtedly feel the best campaign advertisement for the Democrats will be lengthy House Judiciary Committee hearings, covered gavel-to-gavel by CNN and MSNBC as well as extensive play in the New York Times and Washington Post, where Trump can be attacked and where there will be virtually no significant coverage of his defenders. If the Senate drags its feet, that will be a further point of attack. If the Senate votes to acquit, yet another vulnerable flank is revealed.

Given the near inevitability of impeachment, how does this play out? Will the impeachment be seen as the political opportunism and revenge that it is or will it be seen as justified? Will it draw out more anti-Trump votes to reward the act? Or will the Democrat base be smoking a cigarette and wiping down with a damp washcloth in the afterglow and just forget to show up?

BTW, it’s not illegal to pay someone hush money. But campaign finance laws are weird, potentially covering all payments “intended to influence an election”.

UPDATE: Trump, Cohen, Impeachment and Indictments, by Karl Denninger.

Then there’s the fact (now known and in the public) that Hillary’s campaign paid for the Steele dossier via a circuitous route with Fusion GPS. That was not disclosed via her FEC filings and it was certainly intended to influence an election, which means that if a felony was committed by the Trump campaign in this regard the same law was violated by Hillary. Where’s the indictment?

Oh by the way, Obama did the same sort of crap during both of his Presidential runs. No, it wasn’t hush money to strippers. It was, however, all sorts of other nefarious political spending to influence an election, all of which is illegal and which, I remind you, he got caught doing. We know this for a fact because the FEC came after him and a huge fine was levied, which was paid, meaning he admitted it. Roughly $2 million dollars worth in Obama’s case.

Did he get indicted, or did anyone else get indicted? No.

Then there’s Clinton. Remember the Chinese bundlers? Very illegal. Dateline 1996. Well north of $100 million was involved, which makes Cohen look like a piker. There was an arrest there — of a Chinese national. There was never anyone in the actual Clinton Administration, including of course the beneficiary of same, one Bill Clinton, who was indicted or imprisoned.

Is the Women’s March Melting Down?

Is the Women’s March Melting Down? By Leah McSweeny.

On Nov. 12, 2016, a group of seven women held a meeting in New York. They had never worked together before—in fact, most of them had never met—but they were brought together by what felt like the shared vision of an emerging mission …

According to several sources, it was there [on the rooftop of a Manhattan hotel] — in the first hours of the first meeting for what would become the Women’s March — that something happened that was so shameful to many of those who witnessed it, they chose to bury it like a family secret. Almost two years would pass before anyone present would speak about it.

It was there that, as the women were opening up about their backgrounds and personal investments in creating a resistance movement to Trump, Perez and Mallory allegedly first asserted that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people — and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade. These are canards popularized by The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews, a book published by Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam — “the bible of the new anti-Semitism,” according to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who noted in 1992: “Among significant sectors of the black community, this brief has become a credo of a new philosophy of black self-affirmation.”

To this day, Mallory and Bland deny any such statements were ever uttered, either at the first meeting or at Mallory’s apartment. …

None of the other women in attendance would speak openly to Tablet about the meeting, but multiple sources with knowledge of what happened confirmed the story. Multiple other sources confirm that soon after, Wruble was no longer affiliated with the Women’s March, Inc—as the nascent group was starting to be known. …

And that wasn’t the only incident from the initial encounter that would have far reaching consequences. … Many of those involved began questioning why it was that, among the many women of various backgrounds interested in being involved in the March’s earliest days, power had consolidated in the hands of leadership who all had previous ties to one another; who were all roughly the same age; who would praise a man who has argued that it’s women’s responsibility to dress modestly so as to avoid tempting men [Louis Farrakhan]; and, at least in one case, who defended Bill Cosby as the victim of a conspiracy. …

Yet within no time, the March leaders would be named 2017 “Women of the Year” by Glamour magazine. There was a glossy book published with Condé Nast, a lucrative merchandise business selling branded Women’s March gear, and millions of dollars raised through individual donations and institutional funding from major organizations like Planned Parenthood and the powerful hospital workers union, 1199 SEIU. Fortune magazine named Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Perez, and Bland to its list of the “World’s Greatest Leaders” … [New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand] declared, “these women are the suffragists of our time.” …

The Women’s March leaders have often dismissed their critics as right-wing or driven by racism, but over the past two months their fiercest challengers have come from within their own shop—with women of color, and their own local organizers, often leading the pack. As of this article’s publication, numerous state chapters have broken off from the national organization—notably Los Angeles, Houston, Washington, D.C., Alabama, Rhode Island, Georgia, Illinois. …

For Morganfield, a former spokesperson for the Women’s March who also ran the D.C. branch, the various problems that people have had with the Women’s March — ideological, managerial, fiscal — should be seen as all of a piece. She recalled being startled earlier this year when Mallory — already a nationally recognized leader of the Women’s March — showed up at the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day event. “When all of that went down, it was my last straw,” she told Tablet. “You are part of a national movement that is about the equality of women and you are sitting in the front row listening to a man say women belong in the kitchen and you’re nodding your head saying amen! I told them over and over again: It’s fine to be religious, but there is no place for religion in its radical forms inside of a national women’s movement with so many types of women. It spoke to their inexperience and inability to hold this at a national stage. That is judgment, and you can’t teach judgment.”

The development of the origins of the Women’s March and its transformation into a vehicle that promoted a small coterie of women — three of whom bizarrely professed their admiration for the openly anti-Semitic, homophobic, and misogynistic Nation of Islam preacher Louis Farrakhan—was a deliberate act, one that had nothing to do with the general spirit out of which the March was born.

Too much diversity for those middle class white women? Someone really didn’t think this through … Islam and race are far stronger than mere feminism aimed at getting better jobs and unearned privileges for white women.

A Report From Hell: Seine Saint-Denis

A Report From Hell: Seine Saint-Denis. By Hugh Fitzgerald.

The British journalist Andrew Malone some time ago visited the Muslim enclave of Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris. His report on what he rightly called a “state within a state” was hair-raising — so much so that the Daily Mail ultimately removed it after charges of “Islamophobia.” The Guardian reported that “a Daily Mail source insisted the article had only been taken off the site temporarily and ‘the intention is to restore it’ after considering the complaints and correcting where necessary.” That was in early August; it has not been restored. But what in it was false? It is worth revisiting:

Inside the World Express cafe, groups of men argue in Arabic. On side streets, men smoke shisha pipes and talk — again, in Arabic — on every corner. Women shop in veils and scarves, always accompanied by a male relative.

As a white European, I attract odd looks. When I take out my mobile phone for a photograph, a young man jumps in front of me, waving his index finger in my face, shouting: ‘La! La! La!’ (No! No! No!)

Yet this is not an exotic, far-flung destination. This is France. Moreover, this is Paris and only six miles from the Eiffel Tower.

The reason for all this activity — in an area which even the most optimistic estate agent would struggle to sell as ‘cosmopolitan and bohemian’ — is quite simple: immigration on a mammoth scale.

The area in question is called Saint-Denis in the north-east of the city, where the Basilica holds the resting places of many French kings and queens.

Recently, it was reported that this sprawling district now holds as many as 300,000 illegal immigrants, many of whom rely on crime or the ‘black economy’ to make money. The official legal population in Saint-Denis is estimated at 1.5 million.

Not only that, according to French parliamentarians in a new report that’s causing much anguish across the nation, as many as 420,000 legal residents here are living ‘below the official poverty line’.

The scale of the problem grows each day. An estimated 80 migrants arrive in Paris every 24 hours — 550 a week. …

There are an estimated 135 different nationalities in Saint-Denis, most extremely poor, including an estimated 600,000 Muslims from North African or sub-Saharan African backgrounds….

Having spent several days in Saint-Denis, it’s clear to me that the area is already lost to France — to the rule of French law, equality, religious freedom, and even access to the streets by the police themselves.

Indeed, this is a parallel state — a state within a state, with its own rules and religious courts — where allegiance to Islam comes ahead of fealty to France.

Diversity! Got to be good, right? How can Australia get something like going? Maybe two of them, one for Sydney and one for Melbourne?

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific