This heat wave that’s going on in Europe is mildly interesting. I say that as an American who is accustomed to hot weather and the perils of same. I hesitate to be uncharitable concerning the intelligence of people who are not used to such weather, but in France’s case I’ll make an exception.

Today I’m greeted with the headline: “About 3,000 Die of Heat-Related Causes in France”.

Three thousand.

Three thousand?!

Are these people complete morons?

Well yes. But that the problem could be this widespread even in a region where air conditioning is uncommon, this borders on a California-Condor-like determination to commit suicide. I mean, why France? They’re not the only country in Europe having a heat wave and you don’t read about 3,000 people dead in, say, Germany.

One is tempted to make a joke about how this is God’s punishment for France being such a bunch of dickheads lately. But then I read this part:

“In its duration and in temperatures reached, the heat wave was France’s worst ever, surpassing the previous hottest summer — 1947, said Patrick Galois, a forecaster for weather service Meteo France.”

It doesn’t sound so much like a joke anymore. The wrath of the Almighty upon the French for their cowardly, traitorous behavior as a nation, both with the Nazis and the American liberation of Iraq? A sort of symbolic burning in Hell?

One also can’t help but make the comparison that the death toll so far in France is approximately 3,000, while the number of people killed in the World Trade Center attacks was…approximately 3,000 (2,792 is the latest tally).

Creepy.

Maybe there is some kind of karmic justice going on here. I don’t know. But the French people need to wake up and smell the latte.

8 Responses to “The French Are Dropping Like Flies”
  1. Kyle Haight says:

    The “progressive” response is that this is all obviously the fault of the United States for failing to ratify the Kyoto Treaty.

    The snarky “jingoistic” response is that the French are obviously pussies; the death toll there is much higher than the number of U.S. casualties in Iraq, where it’s even hotter and people occasionally shoot at us.

    More seriously, from the little I’ve read the French heat wave is really very impressive; one person living in Paris was reporting temperatures in excess of 115 degrees inside their apartment. When you don’t have air conditioning, and this goes on for days on end, and you aren’t very healthy to start with, that can be lethal.

  2. Frenchie says:

    Talk about Morons…

    Only a blood thirsty religious fanatic could make the relation between the refusal of a nation to support an outright invasion with little proof-did we see weapons of mass destruction yet?- and the god-like punishment upon elderly people…pathetic.
    I guess in your case,if wishing death on 80+years old people as a mean of settlement to your personal dissatisfaction is ok..that IS scary.
    I hope you live long to learn your misdjudgements,my friend..One of my best friend lost a relative in that heat.I mourn for him.
    And I’ll even forgive you for your misinformation.
    Advice:stop watching too much TV,and if you truly believe in God,pray for the American kids falling for what?,and please don’t call that a liberation,i’m gonna cry.

    And as far as pussies go,remember this country would not exist if not for the French sacrificing their lives some 200 years ago against,,,your precious British allies.

    More so,they are fighting and falling in Africa as we speak to defend a truly humanitarian crisis.(say…3+ millions of people killed…)

    Pray for them as well.

    History class time:France was overwhemingly occupied by Nazi germany.Did you ever wake up with that at your door?
    And part of the country-called resistance greatly suffered murders-and torture-to help….the Britain-Us liberation..Would not dare call that pussies.

    Thank you Kyle for bringing some sense to the table.

    And so you know,just because France opposed a decision from this administration does not make them supporters of the last Iraki government…after all,EVERY country was doing business with Irak until last year…
    No more than the British-US backed Ouganda dictature that killed 300.000 civilians was a wish of your peers in the first place,I suppose.

    Talking of which,that mass murderer Idi Amin Dada finally died this month…living and protected by Saudi Arabia.Are we looking in the wrong place?

    Take your own conclusions,and please stop the hate..

    Peace.

  3. Greg says:

    Talk about Revisionist History! How many Frogs died in the American Revolution? Three?

  4. skirwin says:

    Let’s end the myth of Franco-American friendship. There isn’t any. Check out this link from the Wall St. Journal: http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110003649

    Best of Enemies
    Time to restore the beautiful friendship with France? Not at all.

    BY JOHN J. MILLER
    Friday, June 20, 2003 12:01 a.m. EDT

    It seemed like a joke at first: A handful of restaurants changing the names of their French fries to “freedom fries,” a few bartenders pouring French wine down street drains and a chain of French-owned hotels lowering their tricolor flags. The craziest idea, appropriately enough, came from Congress, when Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, a Florida Republican, proposed exhuming the patriot graves of American soldiers buried in France and bringing them back to the U.S.

    To France, however, the current American animosity is no laughing matter. French exports to the U.S. are falling faster than guillotines during the Reign of Terror. They dropped by 17% from February through April, when French President Jacques Chirac’s intransigence over Iraq was at its height. America’s paltry presence at this week’s Paris Air Show was more like an absence (as a French deconstructionist might say). What’s more, American tourism has tumbled by a quarter, costing the French economy nearly $1 billion so far this year in money Americans haven’t spent tipping rude waiters.

    This is rather impressive for a boycott that has no formal sponsor. After all, the White House isn’t calling on citizens to quit drinking Evian water or driving on Michelin tires. Somehow a word-of-mouth movement has caught on and is causing the French government to think hard about how to respond.

    The French Tourist Board took a first step when it asked Woody Allen to tell Americans that it’s time to get over the recent unpleasantness. “I would hope that now the two countries could put all that behind them and start to build on what really has been a great, great friendship,” says Mr. Allen in a promotional video. “I will not have to ‘freedom kiss’ my wife when all I want to do is French kiss her.” This was a mistake. Most Americans really don’t want to think about Allen so much as giving his wife a peck on the cheek.

    Yet the French have stuck with this theme of “a great, great friendship.” Last week, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin met with American politicians and business leaders in Paris and handed out a 1781 letter by Benjamin Franklin celebrating the Franco-American alliance that achieved victory at Yorktown.

    But the great, great friendship is really a myth, going right back to the period Mr. Raffarin seeks to glorify. What happened at Yorktown was the result of cold-blooded diplomacy. “It was a power struggle of the Old World [against the British], not a concern with America, that brought about the French intervention,” wrote the historian Barbara Tuchman. For three centuries, French actions toward America haven’t been marked by too much warmth or kindness.
    Before the Revolution, American colonists spent years fighting the French and Indian Wars–so named because the French and Indians were their enemies, capable of exactly the kind of brutality depicted by James Fenimore Cooper in “The Last of the Mohicans.” After Yorktown, the French began double-dealing as soon as they thought they would benefit from it.

    At the Treaty of Paris negotiations, the French crown secretly and successfully urged Britain to deny the colonists’ claims west of the Alleghenies. Relations were no better during the early days of the American republic. One of the first ministers France sent to the U.S. was Citizen Genet, a man who did everything he could to undermine President Washington’s determination to keep his country neutral in the war France had declared on Britain in 1793. A few years later the French foreign minister Talleyrand demanded a large bribe before he would meet with American diplomats in what became known as the XYZ Affair. This flap led to a series of naval skirmishes–the first war waged by the U.S. against anybody.

    Andrew Jackson nearly declared war on France in the 1830s when Paris failed to pay reparations for its assaults on American shipping. During the Civil War, Napoleon III looked for ways to aid the Confederacy and went so far as to install a puppet monarch in Mexico whose main purpose was to keep the U.S. from extending its influence into Latin America and the Caribbean.

    The 20th century was little better. The real struggle at the Versailles Peace Conference ending World War I wasn’t between the Allies and the Central Powers but between the U.S. and France, which insisted on onerous punishments for Germany. Twenty-five years later a young French journalist, Hubert Beuve-Méry, wrote on the eve of D-Day: “The Americans constitute a real danger for France.” He went on to found and edit Le Monde, France’s most important newspaper and a proud bastion of anti-Americanism ever since.

    The Cold War was no improvement. In 1966, France pulled out of NATO. In 1986, as a kind of dress rehearsal for its latest recalcitrance, it refused to let American jets fly over its territory on their way to attacking Libya in retaliation for Gadhafi-sponsored terrorism.

    But what about the cultural side of the French “alliance”? Surely deep affinities exist, whatever the clashes of statesmen and kings. It is true that Gertrude Stein had settled in Paris in the 1920s and that Hemingway came to visit her there, along with any number of expatriate writers and intellectuals. What this “lost generation” found, unfortunately, was yet another myth–of alienated artistic “authenticity.” For years now it has drawn hordes of college students and misguided romantics to Paris, where they put on black turtlenecks, smoke Gauloise cigarettes and look for the next Picasso. Jean-Paul Sartre added to the myth a couple of decades later, making authenticity a whole philosophy of life even as he agitated for the Communist Party.

    And then there is Michel Foucault, required reading these days for American students who aspire to “understand” the true “power relations” that “oppress society.” He, too, was a product of the French intellectual milieu, if milieu is the right word. Of such bogus attractions, prodded along by ponderous French films, is so much French tourism made.

    The recent disagreement over Iraq is often viewed as an ugly blemish on an otherwise beautiful friendship. But it’s more accurate to see France acting in a predictable pattern of high-handed obstruction and obfuscation. As France tries to repair the damage it has done to its image in the U.S., the rest of us are left to wonder: Why didn’t somebody think of a boycott sooner?

    Mr. Miller is a writer for National Review.

  5. Anne Haight says:

    I think it’s a hoot that Woody Allen was chosen for that. I’m hard-pressed to think of a worse possible spokesman. He’s a disgusting, creepy, weaselly, unfunny man who gives most of us the heebie jeebies rather than being persuasive. Just another example of how clueless France seems to be about, well, everything.

  6. Ivan Drago says:

    Dumb ass American’s, Im an Aussie and im sick of this Bullshit, as a matter of fact the majority of people around the world are? Do you not realise why all these terrorists pick on the United States? Its because alot of your are OVER Patriotic, RUDE and above all you have an annoying habit of sticking your nose in to other peoples business.

    The American Government is also resposible for using Weapons of Mass Destruction on its own people. The Manhatten Project involved US soldiers going over the top after the detenation. As a result many contracted Radiation Sickness. Same thing in Australia where our Pilots where told to fly over Ground Zero of Atomic Testing grounds, many later contracting Cancer.

    And Remember, Saddam was in power because YOUR government put him there, and i do believe Osama Bin Laden was trained by YOUR government, both are perfect examples of the American Gov’t sticking its nose into other countries and later paying the price of such intervention
    You may think you have a global coalition that support your war in Iraq, but with many of these nations such as Australia the MAJORITY are against it, but our gov’ts dont listen, and besides the eastern block nations only support you to be allowed into NATO.

  7. Anne Haight says:

    Ivan Drago:

    Dumb ass American’s, Im an Aussie and im sick of this Bullshit, as a matter of fact the majority of people around the world are?

    Even if true, that doesn’t make us wrong. Australia owes its freedom and continued sovereign peace to American military power and presence. Don’t be naïve.

    Do you not realise why all these terrorists pick on the United States?

    1. Because they envy our prosperity and way of life, something they have tried for centuries to achieve and have utterly failed through their own mistakes and flaws.

    2. You have a short memory for Bali, don’t you?

    The American Government is also resposible for using Weapons of Mass Destruction on its own people. The Manhatten Project involved US soldiers going over the top after the detenation. As a result many contracted Radiation Sickness. Same thing in Australia where our Pilots where told to fly over Ground Zero of Atomic Testing grounds, many later contracting Cancer.

    Don’t lecture me about the Manhattan Project. I grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and my parents worked for Union Carbide in the Y-12 facility. My dad designed nuclear missile assembly machines (you’re welcome) and my mother was a scientist working with chemical and radiation mutagenesis and genetic engineering studies in the Mouse House. Her work was among that which pioneered modern genetic therapy and genetic engineering medicine (you’re welcome).

    At the time of the invention of the atomic bomb, we didn’t understand the effects of radiation beyond the obvious physical destruction the bomb caused on nearby objects. It was new technology, radical cutting edge physics. Even in the lab, there were numerous incidents of criticality accidents that sickened and injured many scientists and engineers, including at least 2 fatalities that I know of. One such victim allowed himself to be photographed during the 10 days until he died, in the interest of scientific understanding. I’ve seen these pictures and studied the case. I seriously doubt that they would have willingly been so careless had they truly understood the danger.

    Yes, there are some harrowing stories of US soldiers being exposed to radiation. But they were not done as conscious experiments on human life. It occurred because the danger was not known, and that’s all. After some bomb detonation exercises in the Bikini Atolls (IIRC), the crew of the Naval vessels were allowed to swim in the lagoon and the water was used on board the ship.

    And Remember, Saddam was in power because YOUR government put him there,

    Um, no. That’s not even remotely true.

    and i do believe Osama Bin Laden was trained by YOUR government,

    I see you get your information from such reliable sources as the Greenleft and Socialistworker.com.

    Anyway, you are not correct. I recommend you actually read some facts somewhere.

    both are perfect examples of the American Gov’t sticking its nose into other countries and later paying the price of such intervention

    We attempted to ignore and appease terrorists for 50 years, and this is where it got us. If you believe for one second that terrorism is the just desserts of US “intervention”, then you are a fool who deserves to die at their hands.

    You may think you have a global coalition that support your war in Iraq, but with many of these nations such as Australia the MAJORITY are against it, but our gov’ts dont listen

    I do think we have a global coalition. It’s supported by the facts. The coalition happens to not include France and Germany, which somehow makes our actions “unilateral” in some people’s minds, in spite of the support of 45 nations.

    And again, the fact that a majority of people might oppose something doesn’t make them right.

    and besides the eastern block nations only support you to be allowed into NATO.

    And that in spite of the fact that the EU (aka Jacques Chirac) have threatened to refuse them entry into the EU for supporting us. They told Chirac to fuck off.

    Eastern block nations support us because they know firsthand the results of living under totalitarian regimes, and they (unlike some) are willing to fight for their liberty.

    Do you have any other Popular Leftist Myths you’d like to toss out?

  8. Tom Bargeron says:

    To:
    Frenchy
    How pitiful you are the French have had 1 hero in the last 400 years, a teenage female.

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