France is once again dominating the news around the world. Yet another terror attack in Paris took place on Thursday, just three days before the French presidential election on Sunday. All eyes should be on France this weekend.
France has more Muslims than any other European country. They total 10% of the population. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorist attacks in Europe, in recent years, have been perpetrated by Muslims. Some of these were “home grown,” meaning that they were either born in Europe or received citizenship in whatever country they moved to. It is, of course, misleading when civil authorities announce a terrorist is “French” or “Belgian” – the general population is thereby led to believe the problem is not really Islam at all, but rather, socio-economic factors (the perpetrator lived in a poor area!). As I write, French Professor Francois Heisbourg, a Special advisor to the Foundation for Strategic Research, is being interviewed on BBC World where he is pointing out that the overwhelming majority of terrorists in France are French-born, with a quarter of those being converts to Islam.
The latest attack is likely to affect the election on Sunday. Whenever there is an attack, the “right” gains with its tougher approach to both terrorism and immigration. Marine LePen is the leader of the National Front and is one of the two front-runners in the election. Today, she called for the expulsion of all people suspected of links with terrorism.
Sunday’s vote is the first round of the process to choose a new president. There are eleven candidates on Sunday – assuming that nobody receives more than 50% of the votes, the two who get the most votes will then go on to a second round in a few weeks, when voters will get to make the final choice to replace the ineffective socialist President Hollande, who has been out of his depth during the terror crisis.
If Ms. LePen wins, her victory could significantly change Europe. A victory for LePen could lead to similar electoral outcomes elsewhere, resulting in a more right-wing Europe. Marine LePen has promised the French electorate a “Brexit” vote, asking them if they want to leave the EU. A “yes” vote in France, one of the six countries that founded the EU sixty years ago, would be more devastating than the vote in the UK last June. Again, it could have a ripple effect across the continent.
Once again, Europe is in turmoil, but it’s a peaceful turmoil, so far. Democracy continues to be the preferred form of government in every EU member country and the democratic process continues.
One “European” election, held last Sunday, is a game changer. The election was in Turkey, a country that first applied for EU membership decades ago. It now seems less likely as a result of a referendum, which gave President Erdogan more powers. The country has been gradually turning to a more Islamic society, going against the roots of the secular Turkish Republic founded a century ago. President Erdogan is also promising to bring back the death penalty, a move that would automatically disqualify his nation from EU membership.
Another election, just announced, is the British election on June 8th. British Prime Minister Theresa May surprised everybody with her announcement made earlier this week. It’s a gamble, but if the polls are correct, she and her Conservative Party will win a landslide, supposedly strengthening her hand in Brexit negotiations. However, it could also be the case that the other 27 EU member countries don’t really care about the British election.
There’s still a long way to go before the new Europe prophesied in the scriptures appears. The outcome of the French elections could be a turning point. The same can be said for the German election in September. The final outcome will see ten nations in a strong military union with Germany. You can read about this in Revelation 17:12-14.