(This post is inspired by Steve Sailer, who is sure to get a lot of
material out of the World Cup in the coming weeks.)
France’s FIFA World Ranking as of early June 2018: 7th
France national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018
Racial stock of the France-2018 World Cup team:
— 33% White-European ancestry [7.6/23.0]
—– of which six players (26%) are fully White-European;
— 52% Subsaharan African ancestry [11.9/23.0], origins across Francophone Africa
— 11% North African ancestry [2.5/23.0], all from Algeria and Morocco
— 4% Southeast Asian ancestry [1.0/23.0], from the Philippines
— Seven Muslims (30%) (7.5, 33%, if counting Mbappe, a half-Muslim of unclear affiliation, as 0.5); Muslim players outnumber fully-White-Christian players (six players).
France national team’s White ancestry (see individual player entries)
— 23% French ancestry for team [69% of White component incl. mixed players]
— 9% Other ‘Latin’ countries (Spain, Portugal, Italy) [28% of White component]
— 1%+ Germany [Griezmann]
—— Lloris: 0.5 Spain/Catalonia, 0.5 France
—— Pavard: 1.0 France
—— Hernandez: 0.5[?] Spain, 0.5[?] France
—— Giroud: 0.5 Italy, 0.5 France
—— Griezmann: circa 0.25 German, circa 0.25 French, 0.5 Portugal
—— Thauvin: 1.0 French
—— Varane [mixed-race player]: probably around 0.6 French
—— Tolisso [mixed-race player]: 0.5 French
—— Nzonzi [mixed-race player]: 0.5 French
Note: Taking the six full-White players only, French ancestry is 62.5% of these six. The French-ancestral component among the full-White players comprises only 16% of the French ‘national’ team (62.5%*[6/23]).
For an in-depth, player-by-player racial-ancestry analysis, see below. For an analysis of the political significance of the racial-cultural dynamics seen in Portugal’s 2018 World Cup team, see here (below).
Race and Europe’s ‘National’ Teams, World Cup 2018
Introduction to Series of World Cup Posts
This year’s World Cup (June-July 2018), as a politicized sporting event, gives us the opportunity to reflect on the racial situation in Europe as it stands, as it has evolved over the past twenty years (using World Cup teams as fixed comparison points). The trajectory of changes in the racial stock of teams may point to wider racial prospects for the 2020s, 2030s, and beyond.
Rarely discussed in its own terms, but on millions (perhaps billions) of minds, is the fact that Western Europe’s World Cup squads of recent years have not been very European but are largely multi-racial teams, sometimes White-minority teams, and thus symbolically in line with Europe’s shakily reigning “Multicultacracy” ideology.
The goal of these posts is to quantify this year’s Western European national teams’ racial-ancestral(-cultural) origins in some depth. Which European teams are the ‘least’ and which are the ‘most’ European?
Are there political implications to the racial balance of World Cup national teams? I would propose that there are, as follows:
Some countries, notably France, have received criticism for being top-heavy with non-European ‘mercenary’ players, men of recognized individual talent but with oftentimes less-than-solid ties to, and often being resentful of, the country they are representing. Will such racial ‘mercenary’ teams overperform in 2018, as they would presumably be expected to if team play is a summation of individual talents, or underperform, perhaps due to a relative lack of national-patriotic feeling?
Europe’s World Cup 2018 teams analyzed so far:
— Belgium: 70% White, 22% Black, 17% Muslim
— Croatia: 100% White, no Muslims (with racial-anthropology analysis)
— Denmark: 90% White/Scandinavian
— England: 63% White, No Muslims
— France: 33% White, Black-African Majority (This Post)
— Germany: 83% White, 11% Muslim
— Iceland: 100% White, 98% Icelandic (with racial-anthropology analysis)
— Poland: 100% White, disproportionately from western Poland
— Portugal: 77% White, heavy African-colonial element
— Russia: 84% White with the remainder from the Caucuses and Central Asian/Turkic
— Serbia: 94% White, 4% Muslim, 4% Gypsy[?]
— Spain: 92% White
— Switzerland: 70% White, but only 44% White-Christian
— Sweden: 91% White, No Muslims
Player-by-Player Racial-Ancestral-Cultural Origins
(Method of classification: The twenty-three men on the FRANCE World Cup 2018 squad are individually evaluated by race, national-ancestral origin, birthplace, and place raised until adolescence, where such data is available. Players of half-White mixed race receive a 0.5 ‘European;’ two half-White players are thus together counted as 1.0 Whites.)
(Any corrections or additional information is welcome in the comments.)
Player years of birth range from 1985 to 1998.
[Whites at 1.0/3.0] [Subsaharan ancestry at 1.0/3.0] [Southeast Asian ancestry at 1.0/3.0] [Muslims: 0]
— Hugo Lloris (Fully White-European; born in Nice, on French Mediterranean coast and left Nice at age 21  to play for other clubs, by 2012 in the English Premier League; mother of French origin and father of Catalan ancestry) [White-Christian]
— Steve Mandanda (Black; born in Kinshasa, Congo in 1985 and moved to France circa 1987; raised in Normandy, where he lived util age 23, then moving to Marseille) [likely at-least-nominal Christian]
— Alphonse Areola (Filipino parents; born in Paris; see picture of Alphonse with Filipino parents and his agent) [likely Catholic]
[White ancestry at 2.6/8.0] [Subsaharan-Black ancestry at 5.4/8.0] [Muslims: 3]
— Benjamin Pavard (Fully White-European; born to local family near Belgian border; see picture of Pavard’s parents, who seem to be of typical-looking northern French stock) [White-Christian]
— Presnel Kimpembe (Black; half-Congolese, half-Haitian; born and raised in Paris suburb and remains playing for a Paris club today at age 22; played for the Congo national Under-20 team in 2014 before switching to France) [likely Christian]
— Raphael Varane (White mother of French origin and Black father from Martinique in the Caribbean, a mainly-Black but somewhat racially mixed island; born and raised in and around Lille, France which he left at age 18 ; has since played for Real Madrid) [=0.6 White, 0.4 Black as Martinique Blacks will likely have some White or other ancestry; Varane’s phenotype looks more European still; see picture of Varane’s parents(?)] [at least nominal Christian]
— Samuel Umtiti (Black; born in Cameroon in 1993 and living in Lyon, France, by 1996; in Lyon until age 22 , when he left to join Real Madrid) [Christian]
— Adil Rami (Moroccan parents; born in Corsica; ) [claimed as a Muslim by some Islamic websites, but seemingly a lax one at best; he left his girlfriend, who had just given birth to twins , for former playboy model Pamela Anderson in 2017]
— Djibril Sidibé (Black; Malian ancestry born and raised in Troyes, France, which is 150km southeast of Paris, somewhat outside the maxiumm range of “Paris and its suburbs” which many of the other Black players come from; left Troyes to play for a club elsewhere from age 20 ) [Muslim; quoted in the French press to this effect, and follows Ramadan]
— Lucas Hernandez (Fully White-European; father also a professional-footballer born in France [b.1969] but of [partial or full?] Spanish ancestral origin; father suddenly went to Thailand in 2002, at which time he “did not leave an address to his creditors” and is currently “missing” [see here; woman pictured is not Lucas Hernandez’ mother but his father’s next wife before his flight to Thailand]; has lived in Spain since age six with his mother and apparently has not in contact with father; see picture of Lucas with his mother, Py Laurence, who I presume is of full-French ancestry) [White-Christian (at least nominal)]
— Benjamin Mendy (Black; Senegalese ancestry; born in a Paris suburb, which he left at age 13  to play for a youth club in Normandy) [Muslim; Mendy has been pictured often at mosques, see picture of Mendy reading the Koran]
[White ancestry at 1.0/6.0] [Black ancestry at 5.0/6.0] [Muslims: 2]
— Paul Pogba (Black; Guinean parents, born in a Paris suburb) [Muslim]
— Thomas Lemar (Black; born in Guadeloupe) [Christian]
— Corentin Tolisso (half-Black [father from Togo], half-White [mother]; born near Lyon, France and remained there until age 23 , now at Bayern Munich; see picture of Tolisso’s mother, [full?] sister, and father; mother’s name is Marie-Chantal and by all appearances is of French ancestry, presumably going back many generations) [likely non-Muslim; Togo has a <20% Muslim minority]
— N’Golo Kanté (Black; parents emigrated from Mali in 1980; born/raised in Paris suburb) [highly likely to be at least nominally Muslim; Mali 90%+ Muslim]
— Blaise Matuidi (Black; born in Tolouse; Angolan ancestry via father and most reports also say through his mother, as well; parents were refugees from the Angolan Civil War, arriving in the early 1980s) [non-Muslim; apparently a born-again Christian, baptized by a former teammate in 2011 in his mid-20s]
— Steven Nzonzi (half-Black [Congolese father from Kinshasa], half-White [reportedly White-French mother]; born/raised in Paris suburb, which he left to join a youth team program in Normandy at age 13 ; played for English clubs 2009-2015, and tried to win right to play for England national team, which was rejected; also eligible to play for Congo; see picture of Nzonzi’s Congolese father and White mother) [likely non-Muslim]
[White ancestry at 3.0/6.0] [Black ancestry at 1.5/6.0] [North African ancestry at 1.5/6.0] [Muslims: “2.5” or only two if excluding Mbappe]
— Antoine Griezmann (full European; born in Mâcon, central France, where he lived until age 14 ; resident of Spain since age 14, going through the youth- and then professional-football ranks in Spain; mother is of Portuguese origin; father is of German and French ancestry; see a 2014 Griezmann family picture featuring Griezmann [wearing number 11] with [from left to right] his mother, his then-girlfriend-now-wife, sister, and father; contrary to reports of Alsatian-German origin, Antoine Griezmann’s paternal ancestor surnamed Griezmann arrived in France from Munster, Germany around the mid-19th century, and spelled his name as ‘Grieszmann’ at the time; the surname ‘Griezmann’ and its variants are “derived from the Ancient Germanic word gris, meaning ‘gravel’ or ‘stone’,” but the Grie[s]zmann ancestors in the 19th century were “itinerant weavers” [this from Jean-Louis Beaucarnot in the French Journal of Genealogy]; it is unclear how much other German or French-German ancestry Griezmann has besides this line that entered France over 150 years ago, a line which might make up only 1/16th of the present-day football player’s personal ancestry; Griezmann is in long-term relationship with a Spanish Basque woman, Erika [dating from 2011; child born 2016; married 2017]; see picture of Griezmann with wife Erika) [White-Christian]
— Olivier Giroud (fully White-European; born in Chambery, south-central France halfway between Turin and Lyon and resident of the local area until age 20  when he began playing for other French clubs and then the English Premier League from 2012; by ancestry is half French through both grandfathers and half Italian through both grandmothers; strong Christian [Catholic] with a tattoo bearing the Latin words Dominus Regit Me And Nihil Mihi Deerit [the first lines of Psalm 23]; married since 2011 with three children; see picture of Giroud with wife and kids) [White-Christian/Catholic]
— Kylian Mbappe (half-Black [Cameroon-origin father], half-Algerian [mother]; born in Paris; youngest player on the France squad [b. Dec. 1998]; father is Christian and mother is Muslim; see picture of Kylian Mbappe’s parents, Fayza and Wilfried; mother Fayza was a professional handball player and apparent Algerian patriot, in that she is said to have “done all she could” to persuade son Kylian to play for the Algeria national team; Mbappe resembles an Afro-American in phenotype [e.g., see here, in which Mbappe looks ‘American,’ certainly a lot more than his pure-Black father does], unsurprising given his racial balance of West-African with Caucasoid; he is probably around 55% Subsaharan [the extra 5% is from mother’s likely low-level Subsaharan admixture, per the Algerian average], which is somewhat less genetically Subsaharan than the Black American average, which is 75%) [I will count Mbappe here as 0.5 Black, 0.5 North African] [Mbappe is not a Muslim, but will count him as 0.5 Muslim via his mother, for percentage-calculation purposes]
— Ousmane Dembele (Black; ancestry is Malian [father] and Mauritian-Senegalese [mother]; born and raised in Normandy) [Muslim]
— Nabil Fekir (North African; both parents are of Algerian origin; born in Lyon) [Muslim]
— Florian Thauvin (fully White-European and apparently of French ancestry; born in Orleans) [White-Christian]
Comparison with past FRANCE squads
France-2014 players were born between 1979 and 1993.
Racial-Ancestral Stock: There appear to be at least ten fully-European players (44%); potentially the final European share may have reached 50%, given the White component to mixed-race players.
France Record in 2014 World Cup
5: Games (finished at 7th Place)
10: Goals For
3: Goals Against
+1.4: Goal Differential per Game Played (fourth place) (first place: Germany
at +2.0/game; second and third places: Colombia and Netherlands at +1.6/game)
One of the worst performances of the tournament that year.
France-2010 players were born between 1977 and 1986.
Racial ancestry: Ten fully-European players (44%).
France Record in 2010 World Cup
3: Games (finishing at 29th place)
1: Goals For
4: Goals Against
-1.0: Goal Differential per Game Played
Finishing 29th of 32 teams, France in 2010 finished just ahead of Cameroon, Honduras, and North Korea. Its goal-difference-per-game figure was -1.0, tied for second-to-last. (North Korea, at -3.7/game, was last.)
France-2006 players were born between 1971 and 1983.
Racial-Ancestral Stock: With only five fully White-European players (22%), certainly the lowest White share ever for this European country; 2006 was far below its 2002 level of around 55% White. This low-point (2006) is approached but not quite matched in the Black-majority 2018 squad (see above).
In 2006, the ethnonationalist political figure Jean-Marie Le Pen, frequent target of political prosecutions by the French state over “inciting race hatred,” made worldwide news for criticizing the France World Cup team for not representing France, as kind of something impossible to be proud of and that should rather be shunned than cheered; note that this series of posts on World Cup 2018 proposes that Le Pen was ahead of his time, and the sentiment will begin to become common as European ‘national’ teams continue to de-Europeanize.
France Record in 2006 World Cup
7: Games (Lost in Final; 2nd Place)
9: Goals For
3: Goals Against
+0.9: Goal Differential per Game Played (seventh place) (first and second: Brazil and Argentina at +1.6/game; third: Italy at +1.4/game; fourth: Spain at +1.25/game; fifth: Germany at +1.1; sixth: Switzerland at +1.0/game)
A very poor performance.
The full player list is available and it appears that twelve players were of fully European ancestry (52%), not counting the very-European-looking North African Zidane. The remainder were mainly Black.
3: Games (Finished in 28th Place, just ahead of Tunisia, Slovenia, China, and Saudi Arabia [Saudi Arabia was dead last, with zero goals for and twelve against, including the 8-0 blowout vs. Germany)
0: Goals For
3: Goals Against
-1.0: Goal Differential per Game Played (twenty-seventh place)
This image has recently appeared on Twitter:
France won third place in 1986, behind Argentina (1st) [aided by Diego Maradona’s controversial goal which struck his hand before going in, which he famously called “the Hand of God”], West Germany (2nd), and ahead of Belgium (4th).
7: Games played (finished 3rd)
12: Goals For
6: Goals Agauinst
+0.9: Goal Differential per Game Played
France’s team in 2018 has more Muslims (seven) than full-White-Christians (six). This simple fact is disappointing; it may surprise some, and presumably is a source of pride for Multiculturalist ideologues and…Muslims. It is less clear where this leaves the average Frenchman. As novelist Jean Raspail put in in 2006:
France is from the outset a country of [common] blood. On the other hand, the Republic, which is only one shape of government, is synonymous for them with ideology, ideology with a capital “I”, the major ideology. It seems to me, to some extent, that they betray the first for the second.
This was from the essay “The Fatherland Betrayed by The Republic,” by Jean Raspail. If France performs very well in World Cup 2018, it will presumably be a point of pride for the Republic, but cannot be one for the Fatherland.
This clash, which by today is certainly more and more racial-cultural in domestic terms, has probably led directly to France’s long-running problem at World Cups…
France’s Race Problem and Poor Showings in World Cups
In this context it is worth mentioning that the racially diverse 2010 France squad performed laughably poorly, finishing last in its group and not winning a game. Its Nonwhite players were in open revolt, refused to play, and staged a sports equivalent of a mercenary army staging a mutiny following an incredibly poor performance of their duties. For their antics, multiple players, all non-White, received bans by the French Football association.
Many on the Right at the time mocked the pathetic spectacle, with comments to the effect that this is what happens when mercenary players with weak ties to the country are not just put on the national team, but come to dominate it…
Full-White players on France World Cup teams
2002: 52% of team were full-Whites
2006: 22% of team were full-Whites
2010: 44% of team were full-Whites
2014: 44% of team were full-Whites
2018: 26% of team were full-Whites
Question.Will the failures and disgrace of the racially-diverse France-2010 team return with France-2018’s majority-Black team?
— Answer/Update (7/10): France has performed well enough to reach the Final, as it did in 1998 and 2006. Its actual starting lineups have tended to be more White than the overall roster:
Question. Will French withhold support for a majority-Black team? To what extent is support for World Cup teams influenced by racial politics? It could influence magnitude of support for one’s own national-team, or lead to a choice to support another specific team or set of teams based on racial balance of the other teams. If this is so, Team France with its White minority will get the multiculturalist support; despite what they have say if asked, many White French probably cannot truly get behind a majority-Black team. What option does it leave them, other than “tuning out”? Front-National voters, one third of France in 2017, may choose to support one or more of the actual ‘European’ teams, which France-2018 is not.
Update (7/10): “Can France be More Like its Football Team,” an article on the racial-politics of the World Cup from a Multiculturalist-ideologue perspective, has been published. The article includes an interview with a French nationalist commenting on the majority-Black French ‘national’ team:
Jean Philippe, a former National Front activist and IT manager near the city of Lyon, told TRT World that 16 out of 23 players in the French team “come from Africa” and that the French team is the “6th African team in the (World)Cup.”
Jean was once an “ultra”, a label given to fanatic and dedicated fans of some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Now, though, he “feels closer to the Russian or Croatian teams than the French team.”
“The French team represents a fantasy, not the real country. Can you imagine a black Japanese team?” he asks.
“This roster is a way to foster the ideology of immigration in a country where almost 80 percent of people reject migrants!”
Although he recognises and even comes “to appreciate Nigerian or Senegalese team,” he refuses “to support an African-French team […].”
The only question that remains is, what percentage of those Whites who voted for Macron in 2017 over Marine Le Pen would agree? I tend to suspect it is quite a few, but the ideological demands of French society keep them quiet.
Update (7/16): France has won the World Cup, defeating Croatia 4-2. While, as often the case with this low-scoring sport, the two crucial France goals of the game were due to questionable calls by the referee. Some statistics besides goals, and much expert commentary, suggest that Croatia played a stronger game despite the final score; Croatia is also, of course, a much smaller country with one-twentieth the population to draw from — had one or two calls done the other way, Croatia could have won: A remarkable achievement.
The following will be a brief post-World Cup analysis of France’s World Cup victory, the racial-cultural dimensions, and how different groups will use the result for political purposes.
France’s World Cup 2018 Performance in Review
In its seven games at World Cup 2018, France scored 14 goals. Two of its goals were ‘own goals’ by opponents; three came on penalty kicks (all by Griezmann, who also caused one of the own-goals by an opposing team). This leaves nine ‘regular’ goals scored by French players. Four of the ‘regular’ goals were by Mbappe [half-Black, half-North African], and one each was scored by: Griezmann, Pavard, Varane [mixed race], Umtiti [Black-Christian from Cameroon], and Pogba [Black Muslim]. By this count, White players scored only 22% of the ‘regular’ goals for France.
White Contribution was Most Important
The image of an overwhelmingly ‘non-White team’ whose success is owed nearly entirely to recent immigrants from Africa is misleading, for two reasons:
 France’s starting lineups were more White than Black. While series of posts on World Cup 2018 evaluated ethnic-racial-religious ancestry of all men on the 23-man rosters, but in fact only 11 players play in any given game with up to three substitutes who often come in late in the game, and France’s starting lineups generlly used almost all their full-White players (Lloris, Hernandez, Pavard, Thauvin, Giroud, Griezmann). In the Final, France’s 11 starters were 51% White [5.6 White / 11.0 starters] and only 44.5% Black [4.9 Black / 11.0 starters].
 The best players on racially mixed teams like France’s were generally White; in France’s case, the standout is Antoine Griezmann (full White European). Griezmann won ‘Man of the Match’ in three of France’s seven World Cup games. Griezmann also won the Bronze Ball award for the tournament, which means he was chosen as the third-best player in the entire tournament (of 736 players on all team rosters combined). (The Golden Ball for the tournament went to Croatia‘s Luka Modric, the Silver Ball to Belgium‘s Eden Hazard, and the ‘Golden Glove’ award [best goalkeeper] went to Thibaut Courtois, also of Belgium; all Whites.)
Reactions: For an Against Immigrant Supremacism
As for the racial-political aspect of Europe’s least-White team winning the World Cup, I see four separate reactions, dividing along political lines.
 White Political Center. Pride in Europe’s multicultural system. The believers in the ruling ideology of today’s Europe, Capitalist Liberal Democracy (or perhaps Capitalist Liberal ‘Multicultacracy,’ the successor of formal, 20th-century Capitalist Liberal Democracy), will have a morale boost. Those in Center-Right, Center, and Center-Left (in France, Macron voters; in Germany, Merkel supporters) will pat themselves on the back at how great Europe is for integrating foreigners (and, as usual and by comparison, how bad Donald Trump is for criticizing immigration into Europe); France/Europe can be proud of lifting these people out of poverty and into glory, with the African-majority France team a metaphor for this noble effort. As with much racial-political thinking by Whites, this reaction is plain-and-simple White Man’s Burden thinking. Pride is derived from fulfilling the White Man’s Burden…;
 White Hard Left. Ethnomasochism. The White ‘Hard’-Left (the Antifa Left), the guiding principle of which by the 1990s or so has been (and certainly by today is) an essentially explicit ethnomasochism, will use the result to justify its curious and suicidal thinking and immigrant supremacism. I note that  and  are principally separated by degree, with  serving as a kind of shock-troop for ’s leadership, the big-money and big-power players;
 Non-White Left. Ethnic Hostility. If  and  above are “all in the family,”  represents something outside the family. A certain kind of non-European will gloat and crow about the Downfall of the White Man and so on, with no hint of White Man’s Burden thinking, but rather the thought to use the France victory as a weapon to bash the White Right and keep the  masses from defecting towards a dissident, anti-ethnomasochist Right. Note that this is not all non-Whites in the West but that subset motivated by ethnic animosity against the native population of Europe (separated from  by motivation and identity);
 White Right. Discouragement and/or Warning. Whites on the anti-ethnomasochist Right will say the prospect of a White-minority team winning augurs not well for Europe; this group is by the comments by Jean Philippe, the Front National interviewee in the excerpt posted above (dated 7/10); some on the ethnonationalist Right will use this result to express hostility to professional sports in general (see here for a ‘live’ example of this, published the day after the World Cup Final, by a prominent ethnonationalist figure; here he also criticizes a conservative commentator for supporting American football). The anti-sports attitude may seem to be an unfruitful path to trod, until we recall that Donald Trump had success in humbling the NFL in a racially charged controversy last year, causing its fans to turn against the league en masse. The White Right’s reaction to the France victory in World Cup 2017 will partly be in reaction to the hostility from group  and to an extent group , the two natural enemies of .
A textbook example of  is this from the figure Julia Ioffe, a woman known to be hostile to White Christians:
The ethnic hostility and breezy bigotry from Julia Ioffe, who is not a White-Christian and is firmly in camp  as proposed above, is understandable (in a certain sense), even if distasteful and rather disgraceful. Still, if her implied Black and Muslim supremacism (for Europe, not Israel) is correct, that leaves a lot to explain regarding the relatively poor performances of actual Black-African and Muslim teams, which I will touch on briefly:
Actual African Performance
First of all, only two Black-African teams actually qualified, though five could have, as Africa had five slots. The other three slots were filled by North African teams (Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco), each of which finished at the top of its qualifying-phase group, beating out several Black national teams.
The qualifying stage is a bigger sample size of games-played than the World Cup itself, as some teams play only three games in the World Cup. The three World Cup qualifying North African teams knocked out a collective eight Black teams and one other North African team [Libya] (See CAF World Cup Qualification results).
Black-African underperformance may be explained by a lot of factors, but the implied racial-supremacism of the Julia Ioffes out there does not find strong support from the data. (The entire premise of Ioffe’s comment is problematic from the start, of course, because why would a country want to engage in a large-scale population-replacement effort just to have a marginally better team at some sport?)
In World Cup 2018, no African team reached the second round (the round of 16). Their performance: Senegal finished in World Cup 2018 at 17th place, Tunisia at 19th place, Nigeria at 25th place, Morocco at 27th place, and Egypt at last place (32nd). The other major Muslim teams were Saudi Arabia (finished at 26th place) and Iran (18th place).
Final Thought: “Hermit Crabs who Live in Shells left Behind by the French”
Pulling away from the immediate matters concerning World Cup 2018, it is worth again quoting the words of Jean Raspail, whom I also quote at the beginning of the Analysis section. These words appear in the same essay of his from 2004:
[Later in this century,] France will no longer be peopled…except by hermit crabs who will live in shells left behind by the representatives of a species gone forever, which was called the French species…[the New Frenchman,] by one does not know which genetic metamorphosis, [by] the second half of this century…will have been clothed with this name. This process has already started.
That the ‘process’ has started, there is no doubt. The question Raspail leaves unanswered, even unproposed, is whether it can be stopped and reversed.
Or are we really in for a post-European Europe?