I'm writing this because I see a lot of my readers are in fact in France. I'm sorry that of the 4 languages I can speak, French is not one of them... I am forced to use English.
I feel sad to see how your nation is experiencing the challenges of this time, with economic problems and political unrest. At the end of the day, Assets - Liabilities = Equity. That is the most fundamental equation in society among humanity. The only people who will promise you that they can keep up with increasing your liabilities and spending, and do so by just taxing those 'rich'.. is a government that will doom your nation. Yes...they will be popular....like the socialist governments of Greece and Portugal and Spain.. until the money and ability to repay....ran out. Then, like a sad, warthog, squeeling in agony while the leapord on it's back is tearing away at it's spinal chord, you will run out of breath and even the desire to live... you will give yourselves over to the tearing teeth of the merciless usurers and lay down in the finality of death.
At the moment that 'tiger', in it's external and internal forms, is lying in wait.. stalking the noble French citizens, waiting for the right moment to attack fully, and then to dismember and devour the French people. I hate to speak of 'Right' and 'Left'...neither side gives true fairness in the end.. but the heart of the French villager, the great citizens of days gone by... I believe you are there..and you are neither Right nor Left.. you are centrist, balanced and have fairness at heart. You are an inspiration at times such as when we see how you protect your village and traditional life.. now you are called to draw together to protect not just your traditional way of life but the security of the Nation in a way you might not realize.
You will be aware now of the intervention in Mali, to protect a government and defend against an Islamist insurgency. I'm not naive, I realize that 'French Interests' are the reason your government is intervening. All nations do it, all. I hold the hope in my heart that those 'interests' do not mean the unfair exploitation of people in Mali. A challenge you will face in Mali, is that you don't have an eternally connected ideology which you can use to bind you together and inspire your efforts as Charles Martel did in 732 at Tours. The values driving the French forces are secular and economic. But the Islamists are living in the 7th century, and they have their inspiration from Mohammad..who calls them to violently overthrow non Muslim governments. Christ does not call his followers to such violence, but the Scriptures teach that the Emperor does not carry the sword in vain..(Rom 13) it is a deterrent to evil people. It is for justice and freedom that the "State" can take up arms against injustice and false tyrrany such as Islam and they are values which should inspire all of us. Our faith, for those who have it, will give comfort, support and peace of heart in the midst of such struggles. Always remember, Jesus healed the Roman Centurion's servant, but did not order the Centurion to cease his military activities in the name of the State.
The other side of that issue is the realization of the need to now defend 'at home' against trouble caused by those sympathetic to the "Islamist project" as the insurgents described it in Mali.
Please remember this.. todays "Islamic Project" in Mali is tomorrows Islamic Project in France.
If you have been seduced by the siren voices of political correctness that want you to be 'tolerant' of Muslim mimorities while they themselves are intolerant of France, then you have my pity. All I can do is point this out in the hope that you will see "Islam" for what it is. Always remember the events surrounding the Krak des Chevaliers where Sultan Baibar sent a fraudulent letter to the Defenders that no reinforcements would come... and they surrendered the castle only to be slaughtered by Sultan Baibar's Islamic hoardes.
If you think it would be different today given the chance, (In France or in Mali) you are in serious trouble.
Remember the French Revolution... it opposed the despotic Monarchy, the privileged Nobility and the repressive Church. It gained a despotic "king" (Napoleon) an new "Nobility" (the Committee of Public Safety and it's associates) and imposed a 'secular religion' (godess of reason) which was in reality a version of paganism.
Don't be deceived again by the secularists, and socialists. You are on the brink of bankruptcy, the socialists don't care, they want that.. and in the ensuing chaos they will try to take power as they did in Bavaria in 1919.
Learn from history... learn or be it's victim again and repeat it.
My advice is to return to true faith. Not to the Catholic Church as an organization, but to God in Christ. In the past Catholicism gave you repression if allowed it would do so again. Christ gives you freedom.. and life abundantly. You should gather in homes and as families and begin your own Bible study.. I suggest you begin with the Gospel of Luke.. a very detailed account of Christ's life and mission. I don't know where that would lead in terms of 'Church' structure, but I do know where it will lead as extended families, to a brighter future and a harmony of spirit and mind. The early Christians were far better than the Socialists.. they gave and shared and did it because of love, not because of government compulsion.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2)
France needs salvation... individually and corporately. In Christ you can have this.
The Christian message is this:
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3)