Saturday 19 August 2017

It's not just 'Catholic zombies' who are rising to scare the mainstream

Former French prime minister and candidate for the French right-wing presidential primary Francois Fillon (centre). Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images
Former French prime minister and candidate for the French right-wing presidential primary Francois Fillon (centre). Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images
David Quinn

David Quinn

France's "Zombie Catholics Have Risen - and They're Voting", says the headline in the American journal, 'Foreign Policy'. The writer isn't best pleased about that. Clue? His use of the word 'zombie'. But his displeasure is kind of beside the point. The point is that in very secular France, millions of Catholic voters have suddenly emerged from the woodwork, or their graves if you prefer, and helped to make Francois Fillon the Republican party candidate and current favourite in next year's presidential election.

Mr Fillon would not get within an ass's roar of a leadership position in any of Ireland's main parties. That's because Mr Fillon is an unashamed Catholic conservative. He would be condemned as a 'fundamentalist' by the media and by the left, and that would be that.

Once upon a time in France, that would have been that as well, but no more. The left's shaming tactics are losing their power to shame.

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