Several weeks ago I posted a photo of the Eiffel Tower dressed up in the Turkish flag, similar to the photo at left. Some readers wanted to know if this was a an official preview photo or a photoshop production. Its purpose was to announce to the people of France that their country was welcoming La Saison de la Turquie - a 10-month celebration of Turkish culture - by lighting up the Tower in red and white, with the Turkish flag superimposed.
I still don't know exactly where that photo came from, but the Eiffel Tower was indeed lit up from October 6 to October 11, in red and white lights, BUT without the flag superimposed (see photo below). This reduced considerably the shock of seeing the flag of a Muslim country superimposed on the French monument, but in no way reduced the reality that the French government, despite protests to the contrary from Sarkozy, favors Turkish accession. (Some objected to the absence of the flag on grounds that red and white could refer to other countries such as Poland.)
This video from the Bloc Identitaire, an identitarian movement with branches all over France, shows the action taken by the Bloc on the occasion of the lighting of the Eiffel Tower. Translation is not necessary. You will see that the protestors projected onto the wall of the Palais de Chaillot the message, "Turkey? No thank you!" Others across the way chanted "Turkey? no thank you!" and "Turkey, out of Europe!"
Civitas, an association of young Catholics who promote their faith and oppose Turkey posted this account of a small-scale protest on October 9. The low attendance was disappointing:
Civitas-Paris led a protest against the lighting of the Eiffel Tower in the colors of the Turkish flag. Around the Tower, a banner was unfurled: "No to Christianophobic Turkey." Five French flags bearing the symbol of the Sacred Heart were flying in the wind. Only about 50 persons answered our call to rally. Passers-by stopped to watch. A young activist speaking through a megaphone explained the reasons for our protest.
Soon, "young people" appeared on the scene. The defenders of the Turkish cause tried to intimidate us. As for the police, an officer in civilian clothes said, without batting an eyelash, that nothing could be done to ensure our safety, despite the fact that we had been authorized to demonstrate. Too bad. A few determined young men promised to protect our gathering. The police officer showed mild appreciation, thinking he was dealing with gentle impressionable Catholics. Such was not the case.
After speaking through the megaphone, the participants began the rosary in remembrance of the victory at Lepanto. Tourists filmed the scene. Passers-by encouraged and congratulated us. We stayed for one hour. Our protest was symbolic. An expression by Catholics who refuse to resign themselves. An expression by Catholics who will not abandon the terrain.
The rest of the article is devoted to facts about Turkey and why it should not be allowed to join the EU. This item is important:
Turkey has seventy million inhabitants (ninety-five million in 2020), plus two hundred million Turkish-speaking peoples as far as Sakhalin Island. For Turkey, any Turkophone is considered to be a Turk. According to an official study, one third of the Turks would emigrate immediately, were Turkey admitted into Europe. (...)
It is often overlooked that Turkey is not confined to Turkey proper, but includes several other Turkish-speaking lands, who have easy and rapid access to Turkish nationality. Yves Daoudal mentions this in a recent post, dated October 9. The article focuses on the recent visit to Paris by Turkish president Abdullah Gül:
Nicolas Sarkozy and Abdullah Gül agreed that the European question could not be resolved in the near future and that, consequently, it "should not envenom all relations between the two countries," reports Elysée. They want "to avoid having this issue weigh like lead on everything else and thus block relations between the two on other topics."
According to Elysée, France proposed "a Franco-Turkish cooperation on nuclear issues, not only in Turkey, but also in the countries of Central Asia": an official acknowledgment that the Turkish Empire extends into Central Asia, and that these countries will be part of the European Union when Turkey joins (in accordance with the agenda now being carried out, despite Sarkozy's façade of opposition.)
Among those Central Asian countries are Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Those interested can consult this Wikipedia page on Turkish languages.
Another post from the same Yves Daoudal web page cited above quotes an Armenian website, Pan Armenian:
(...) The Turkish prime minister Recep Tayip Erdogan declared to the daily Milliyet that the design of Turkey is to live in peace with all countries and to restore the power of the Ottoman Empire...
"I believe that each family must have at least three children. We believe in the future of Turkey and we wish everyone to believe in it."
He also described Turkish-Russian relations as "strategic": "Russia is our partner. Commerce between our two countries has reached forty billion dollars." (...)
An article in Le Figaro illustrates the degree to which Turkey has implanted itself on German soil:
The leaders of the Turkish community in Germany believe they have found a solution to help the integration of Muslims: the adoption of Islamic holidays for all German students, whatever their religion. The proposal has set off a fierce debate in Germany, where the authorities are attempting to help the integration of immigrants, with the hope of compensating in part for a rapidly declining birth rate. (...)
The article quotes Kenan Kolat, president of the Turkish Community in Germany:
"It would be nice if they would grant a day off to all German children for the end of Ramadan (...) It would be a sign of tolerance (...) German society ought to extend its hand to help integration." He added that many Turks agree to have a Christmas tree, even though theoretically they are opposed to it, "out of love for their children."
The figure below, showing the number of Muslims in Germany, comes from the Figaro article.
I'll close this article with a quote from the paper publication Minute featured at Le Salon Beige:
Gustave Eiffel could not have imagined that in June 1940 after the invasion of France by Germany, Adolph Hitler would immortalize himself by standing on the Trocadéro, with the Eiffel Tower in the background, creating the most symbolic image possible of the conquest of France. Nor could he have imagined that in October 2009, his edifice would be lighted in the colors of a country which (...) has become a demographic and religious threat.
Note: As I post, the most recent item on Daoudal's web page (link above) says that Angela Merkel has agreed NOT to oppose negotiations on Turkey, and will agree to a "privileged partnership" should the negotiations fail. To put it differently, she is a carbon copy of Sarkozy.