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There are plenty of optimists out there who believe that the election of Nicolas Sarkozy (the leading candidate of the French center-right) will represent an improvement over Jacques Chirac. Well, he couldn’t be worse. That said, his recent comments in favour of deeper European integration are a reminder of how the interests of the French EU ‘projet’ supercedes any turn in a more Atlanticist direction.   And then there’s this pearl from the great man:   “I would like to say one thing, in what is my conception of the Republic, security is the responsibility of the State, I am against militias, I am against the private ownership of firearms, and I’m trying to make you think about that. If you are assaulted by an armed burglar, he’ll use his weapon more effectively than you anyway so you’re risking your life. If the criminal is not armed and you are and you shoot, your life will be ruined, because killing someone over a theft is not in line with the republican values that are mine. The private ownership of firearms is dangerous. I understand your exasperation for having been burglarized two times, I understand the fear that your wife and daughter may have but the answer is in the efficiency of the police and the efficiency of the judiciary process, the answer is not in having guns at home.”   One question for this half-wit (apart from the usual Second Amendment arguments): if security is the responsibility of the state, what does he have to say about what is currently going on in the French suburbs?   Hat-tip: Brussels Journal


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