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France's Clockwork Orange
by Bruce Bawer
If the impressive success of Laurent Obertone's new book La France Orange Méchanique (France Clockwork Orange) proves anything, it's that there are a great many French citizens who don't share their national media's apparent indifference to the Islamization of France. To be sure, the author's focus (the name Obertone, by the way, is a pseudonym) isn't on Islam per se, but on the "veritable cultural revolution" that France has undergone as a result of mass immigration from corners of the globe whose social norms are profoundly alien to those of la belle République.
By "cultural revolution," Obertone means, in a word, crime. In France, the years around 1900 are legendary for the lawlessness that erupted on the streets of Paris thanks to a gang called the Apaches; yet in the Apaches' heyday, Obertone shows, crime was only about 4% of what it is today. Indeed, the Apaches represented a minor blip in an otherwise steady drop in crime rates from the end of the Middle Ages to the second half of the twentieth century. From 1830 all the way up to the outbreak of World War II, French crime rates were a tiny fraction of what they are now; from 1980 to 2000, the rate of violent crime multiplied by a factor of five.
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