France moving to the right?

The way media reports are going it will only be a matter of days before the French will be saluting the American flag.

The truth is, however, that it's merely a matter of perspective. The right-wing of France, at worst, could be compared to the centre of American politics.

It's an interesting historical observation that nations which formed in the 1800s out of disparate states - mainly Germany and Italy - ended up exceptionally conservative and right wing over a period of time (Nazism and Fascism in this case). With the European Union expanding, I expect that member states will become more conservative and right wing as well. One reaction against sudden and unwelcome change is a lurch to the right.

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