So, Francois Baroin believes it is better to be French than British. It is no surprise that a Frenchman believes that he is better than most, in fact it is no more a surprise to find a Briton (or to be more specific an Englishman) believing himself to be superior.
I’m sure the average Briton is wondering who the fuck Francois Baroin is. Well he is the Finance Minister (FM) of the French Republic, and this week after the French were threatened with a credit downgrade, displayed his juvenility by using the excuse primary teachers must suffer on a daily basis; It’s not fair, he did it as well. This excuse would be idiotic and hypocritical even if the narcisitic French President didn’t demand David Cameron “mind his own business” but a few weeks earlier.
This childish outburst was not the main objection I had with the French FM this week, what really grabbed my attention was Monsieur Baroin’s comment that “It’s better to be French than British”. HA HA HA, I fell about laughing. Was it my patriatism that caused my outburst? Was it the age old battle of words (as well as blood) that forced me to find myself on the Britanic side of the Channel, flinging sticks and stones across to Calais? NO! what really made me laugh was the thought of Francois Baroin and Sarkozy standing in the centre of the Clichy-sous-bois, (a large ghetto home to French Arabs east of Paris and the centre of the 2005 riots) saying that to the young Frenchmen, who are considered as second class citizten by their fellow Frenchmen because chance has given them brown skin and no money!
Yes, it may be true the Frenchman that lives but five minuets walk from the Chand-Elise is more fortunate economically than the average Briton living in the area of Westminister. But why is that the case? Is it because egalitarianism is stronger in France? No! Is it because liberalism and a wide acceptance of differing cultures is stronger in Paris? No. The reason for this is the French hide their poor, they push them away from the rich. They have created two Paris’, one for the world to see, with the tower and the arch, and one for the immigrants, for the poor, for the French who are not quite French.
1789 gave us, “liberty, fraternity, equality” but in todays France these rights only apply to the elitist Frenchmen (but when has it not). In London you can stand in an area within which the average house price is £3m - £6m and walk for five minuetes and find yourself amongst social housing belonging to families with a combined income of £30’000 a year. In London we are together, we are not equal, but we are together, a black will stand by a white, a child of the working class will be educated with the child of a high level civil servant (I know this personally), a social housing estate will by surrounded by surburban housing. None of this can be found in France and especially Paris.
This makes Britain richer, in heart and soul, this makes Britons wiser and this makes living in Britain better, socially and morally.