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A Convergence of Catastrophes
Pierre Brochand is a former director of the French Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE), tasked with intelligence gathering and safeguarding France’s national security. He has also been a diplomat, the French ambassador to Hungary, Israel and Portugal, and has served his country in various positions for decades. In an interview with the national newspaper Le Figaro in March of 2022, Brochand sounded an alarm bell over the damage immigration is doing to France and to other European nations. He judges that Europe is currently the only part of the world to deny the importance of ethnic and cultural homogeneity for stability, peace, and prosperity.
France has for more than half a century experienced large-scale immigration from what used to be called the Third World: countries in the Islamic world, Africa, and other parts of the global South. Brochand notes that this recent mass immigration is unprecedented in our history, and observes that it is fracturing France into various competing tribes. While it has become taboo to say so in Western countries today, experience indicates that Multicultural societies of competing ethnic groups are often inherently unstable and tend to break down into violence. Brochand compares France to Lebanon and the former Yugoslavia. These were Multicultural countries with large Muslim populations that collapsed into horrific civil wars.
Pierre Brochand has harsh words for the political leaders in France and the rest of Western Europe. In his view, they have for decades allowed the situation to grow worse and worse due to cowardice. He fears that the country could be heading for some form of collapse unless a complete reversal of public policy is implemented immediately. The politicians must say loud and clear that France will not for the foreseeable future be a country that welcomes large-scale immigration. However, Brochand believes that political leadership in France and Europe still underestimates the seriousness of the situation. Time is running out if we want to avoid a disaster. With his decades of accumulated experience, Pierre Brochand fears a dark future for our children and grandchildren.
In April of 2021, one thousand French soldiers, including more than twenty retired generals, signed a public letter warning that France could face a bloody “civil war” fueled by Islamic separatism. Several other observers have voiced similar worries. Some fear that war has become inevitable. A few, such as the author Michel Onfray, state that a civil war has already begun.
The American writer Ned May quotes the American science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein with what he terms The Year of the Jackpot. This is when several negative happenings converge in time and cause a systemic collapse in society. May wrote an essay about this at his website Gates of Vienna in 2007, and in 2022 this emerging chaos appears to be drawing closer. A toxic mix of negative factors could cause dramatic ripple effects throughout the entire Western world. Right now, we are witnessing a combination of mass immigration, Islamization, terrorism, unparalleled money printing by the central banks, massive public debt, disrupted economies after lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic, outsourcing of industries and jobs to an increasingly powerful China, war between Russia and the Ukraine, social decay, decadence and cultural decline, dissolution of families, a spike in violent crime, increasing censorship, surveillance and ideological indoctrination, harmful environmental policies plus a steep rise in the prices of energy and food. Every one of these problems is bad by itself. Combined, they could be disastrous.
The French author Guillaume Faye (1949-2019) wrote a string of books in the late 1990s. All of them dealt with the struggles of modern Europeans under cultural decline and ethnic displacement through mass immigration. His books include Archeofuturism (1998), The Colonization of Europe (2000), and Why We Fight (2001). In 2004 he published La convergence des catastrophes, later available in English translation under the title Convergence of Catastrophes. Faye predicted in 2004 that the Western world seemed headed for an inevitable collapse. The breaking point would be reached within a few decades. Environmental damage, the depletion of natural resources, the breakdown of a speculative and debt-ridden globalist economy, the return of global epidemics, the rise of mass immigration, terrorism and nuclear proliferation, the worsening of the rupture between Islam and the West, all this and more would combine into a perfect storm.
Faye viewed Islam at its core as aggressive, hostile, and incompatible with the European spirit. However, that does not mean that he found large-scale immigration of any non-Europeans unproblematic. Faye believed that European identity is biological as well as cultural, religious, and ideological, that culture is a meeting between genes and ideas. As such, the crucial ingredient in European civilization is Europeans. According to Guillaume Faye, European culture cannot be preserved if ethnic Europeans are displaced by Arabs or Africans with a radically different mentality.
While he wrote for the most part about his native France, Faye always maintained a pan-European outlook and a desire to unite various European nations in a struggle to reconquer and preserve Europe as a shared homeland. Morten Uhrskov Jensen, a conservative author from Denmark, stresses this as Faye’s most important legacy.
Faye died of cancer in March 2019. At that time he warned that France and possibly other European nations might face a civil war within the coming generation.
Still, he was not entirely pessimistic. While he came to view some form of collapse and struggle as inevitable, Guillaume Faye also held out hope that something new might arise from pain and suffering. Perhaps a new rebirth, a new European Renaissance.
|www.lefigaro.fr/vox/societe/pierre-brochand-ex-dgse-nous-subissons-une-immigration-sans-precedent-20220324 Pierre Brochand (ex-DGSE): “Nous subissons une immigration sans précédent” 24/03/2022. The original article is behind a paywall. More extensive quotes from the interview can be found at other websites, for instance www.fdesouche.com/2022/03/25/pierre-brochand-ex-directeur-de-la-dgse-limmigration-que-nous-subissons-est-un-evenement-hors-categorie-sans-precedent-dans-notre-histoire-tous-nos-gouvernants-ont-prefere-regarder-ailleurs/ Pierre Brochand, ex-directeur de la DGSE: “L’immigration que nous subissons est un évènement hors catégorie, sans précédent dans notre Histoire. Tous nos gouvernants ont préféré regarder ailleurs” 25/03/2022, www.friatider.se/tidigare-spionchefen-massinvandringen-saknar-historiskt-motstycke Tidigare spionchefen om invandringen: Största hotet mot den civila freden 27 mars 2022, www.rights.no/2022/03/innvandring-fra-3-verden-odelegger-vart-samfunn/ — Innvandring fra 3. verden ødelegger vårt samfunn 30.03.2022.
|www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56899765 Anger as ex-generals warn of ‘deadly civil war’ in France, 27 April 2021. www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210427-french-generals-cause-backlash-with-civil-war-warning French generals cause backlash with ‘civil war’ warning, 27/04/2021.
|www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3685561/France-verge-civil-war-sparked-mass-sexual-assault-women-migrants-intelligence-chief-warns.html France is ‘on the verge of a civil war’ which could be sparked by a mass sexual assault on women by migrants, intelligence chief warns. Published: 12 July 2016. claremontreviewofbooks.com/france-on-the-verge-of-civil-war/ France on the Verge of Civil War The rise of Éric Zemmour. by Christopher Caldwell. Fall 2021.
|www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8489/france-the-coming-civil-war France: The Coming Civil War, by Yves Mamou. July 16, 2016. rmx.news/article/france-is-edging-toward-civil-war-says-constitutional-scholar/ France is edging toward civil war, says constitutional scholar. The question is not whether a civil war will break out in France, but when, Constitutional lawyer Grégor Puppinck, the head of the French European Center of Law and Justice (ECLJ), told Magyar Hírlap in an interview. May 05, 2021
|www.cnews.fr/videos/france/2021-05-11/pour-michel-onfray-la-france-est-en-guerre-civile-1080343 Pour Michel Onfray, la France est en “guerre civile”, Par CNEWS -11/05/2021. www.document.no/2021/05/12/michel-onfray-frankrike-er-allerede-i-borgerkrig/ Michel Onfray: — Frankrike er allerede i borgerkrig 12.05.2021
|gatesofvienna.net/2007/08/the-year-of-the-jackpot/ The Year of the Jackpot, August 24, 2007. gatesofvienna.net/2022/02/the-year-of-the-jackpot-2/ The Year of the Jackpot, February 13, 2022.
|www.amazon.com/Convergence-Catastrophes-Guillaume-Faye/dp/1907166467 Convergence of Catastrophes, by Guillaume Faye, published in English translation in 2012 Arktos Media Ltd.
|www.dansk-atterdag.dk/europa-paa-den-anden-side/ Europa på den anden side, 2. maj 2021.
|guillaumefayearchive.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/convergence-of-catastrophes-introduction/ Introduction to Guillaume Faye’s book Convergence of Catastrophes. Published online 31.08.2012.
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