Are the UMP getting desperate? what other explanation can there be for Party Secretary Jean-François Copé attempting to kick-start a debate into ‘the compatibility of other cultures with French Republican secular law’ a statement clearly aimed at Islam.
Not surprisingly Marine Le Pen has declared that the debate will be useful in the National Front’s ambition to score 25% at the polls in 2012. Do French politicians of the right really want to drag themselves down to the level of Le Pen, Geert Wilders, The Swedish Democrats or the UK’s very own BNP? Or is Copé simply trying to position himself for the world post-Sarkozy?