A smoker outside the Bataclan concert hall:
Other smokers were not so lucky:
“Two people inside the restaurant are neighbours of ours, they live downstairs and after the attack happened they ran out onto the street. They told me that they met a woman whose two friends had gone outside for a smoke during dinner and the gunmen opened fire. They were both killed. My neighbours stayed with us last night as they left their keys in the restaurant when they ran out.”
There seem to be a number of immediate political consequences, one of which appears to be Obama and Cameron joining Putin (and Hollande) against the Islamic State.
Cameron and Obama BEG Putin to join forces in bid to WIPE OUT twisted Islamic State
But also European sovereign states have been ignoring EU instructions and instead doing what their voters want. Daniel Hannan, MEP:
Still, even making allowances for this human tendency, Jean-Claude Juncker’s response to the Paris abomination was extraordinary. At the G20 summit in Turkey, he lashed out at those – the vast majority of Europeans, if polls are to be believed – who think open borders might be weakening the Continent’s security. “My belief is exactly the opposite”, he declared, “and therefore there is no need to review the European refugee policy.”
As usual, he took the opportunity to chide his opponents for their narrow-mindedness. “I would like to invite them to be serious about this and not to give in to these basic reactions. I don’t like it.”
National leaders, unlike Mr Juncker, are elected, and so can’t take such a peevish tone with their voters. One by one, the EU governments are doing what their peoples demand and reimposing border controls. The migrant quota system that Mr Juncker decreed a couple of months back is already falling to pieces.
German voters, for example, are turning against Angela Merkel, whom they correctly blame for causing the migration crisis. Others are more alarming: Marine Le Pen must now be reckoned likely to win France’s regional elections in three weeks’ time.
And what of Britain? My guess is that the migration crisis, tinged now by its association with the Paris tragedy, will convince many waverers to vote to leave the EU.
The European project is collapsing before us. Everyone can see it – except, tragically, the Eurocrats, who are determined to keep integration going at any cost. Tellingly, the declared aim of the recent emergency summit on migration was “Saving Schengen”. Not saving refugees. Not saving lives. Saving Schengen.
While Eurocrats insist that the answer to every problem is “more Europe”, voters are drawing their own conclusions.
And it wasn’t as if the migrant crisis was unforeseen. Daily Mail 11 Aug 2015:
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras last week said the refugee crisis ‘surpasses’ his crisis-hit nation’s resources and called for European Union assistance.
The UN refugee agency’s division for Europe said last week that 124,000 refugees and migrants have landed in Greece since the beginning of the year.
In fact, I seem to remember him warning about it as early as March. I don’t remember him ever getting any assistance.
The EU political class is desperately trying to hold the ‘project’ together. But that’s because it’s all coming apart.
P.S. Another example:
France has invoked emergency powers to sweep aside EU deficit rules and retake control over its economy after the terrorist atrocities in Paris, pledging a massive in increase and security and defence spending whatever the cost.
President Francois Hollande said vital interests of the French nation are at stake and there can be no further justification for narrowly-legalistic deficit rules imposed by Brussels. “The security pact takes precedence over the stability pact. France is at war,” he told the French parliament.