An article in the UK's Financial Times, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/aa3a268c-0a19-11df-8b23-00144feabdc0.html 1/26/10, indicates that a scheme of consolidation of local governments, similar to that being perpetrated here, is being foisted off on the French people.
In the Times article, Peggy Hollinger speaks of France's attachment to “local roots” and cites a “plethora” of tiny villages to support this.
According to Hollinger, France has 36,682 local governments, or 40% of the total municipalities in the EU. More than half have populations less than 500. As in the U.S., this is called “fragmentation.” In reality, it's people living where they want to with the government they want. This is unacceptable to the globalists who would rather bribe and control fewer officials in their efforts to control all aspects of our lives.
Paralleling efforts in the U.S. to rob us of our local governments, President Sarkozy wants to consolidate many public services and encourage “merger” of the small towns using “financial incentives for bigger entities.” In other words, the same bribery and extortion techniques used here are to be used against the French to destroy their local governments. Naturally, as is the case with us, the pretext is made that the locals are financially strapped and that bigger, more remote government will somehow solve the problem. I know that in this country, the economic plight of State and local government is largely a result of “help” received from the Federal government which offered seed money for programs Washington wanted. The locals were left holding the bag once a sufficient “clientèle” was created to demand the programs be continued. I don't know if this is the case in France, but I strongly suspect it.
When we fought “Home Rule,” (the destruction of local government) here in Bucks County PA, the media insisted that the only opposition came from local politicians afraid of losing their power. This despite the claim of the regionalists that no power would be lost. Apparently, the same tack is being used in France with the Times' reporting that Sarkozy's proposals “have sparked an outcry from French mayors” who feel threatened by the move. But the promoters of “Home Rule” here, when defeated, had to admit it was the people acting through their taxpayer and civic associations, not the politicians, that beat their scheme. I hope this is true, too, in France. I hope it will be the free spirit of the French that will stop this power grab and, perhaps, put another nail in the coffins of the EU and of the New World Order.
A final comment. Hollinger reports that small towns are growing as populations shift from the big cities. This creates “real fears,” she says, that reforms [created by the growth?] “will leave small communes unable to fund new duties.” Am I the only one who thinks that the idea that economic problems caused by the growth of small communities into larger ones can be solved by merging small communities into larger ones is absurd?
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