Source Gatestone Institute

NEW YORK, U.S.--There is a replacement of civilization and the media is not even covering it.

Sept pas vers l'enfer ("Seven Steps to Hell"), the new book by Alain Chouet, the former number two of the DGSE, the powerful French counter-intelligence service, is an indictment of the European élites. Chouet recalls:

"I have been invited every year to give a lecture on the problems of the Arab world in Molenbeek, a suburb of Brussels. One day I was there... when Philippe Moureaux, the city's socialist mayor and big boss of the Belgian Socialist Party, took the front row flanked by two imposing bodyguards in djellabas, beards and white berets. To the audience, Moureaux said I was not qualified to discuss the Arab world, as I came from a country that had tortured Muslims in Algeria. His reasoning is significant in the way in which, since the late 1980s, the European left has allowed itself to be taken by the sirens of militant Salafism. The management of Molenbeek is exemplary in this sense: authorizations granted easily and without any control for the opening and functioning of mosques, Islamic private schools, cultural and sports clubs generously subsidized by Saudi Arabia".

25 out of 89 members of the Brussels Regional Parliament are not of European origin.

Chouet continues:

"I accuse political leaders of never wanting to understand the rise of radical Islam and of deliberately ignoring it because of the electorate and 'politically correctness'. I accuse them of allowing several municipalities to develop jihadist radicalism for years, to the point that a socialist official told me: 'We know Molenbeek's problem, but what do you want, it is an electorate that cannot be neglected'".

It now is France's turn. "Is the Muslim vote decisive?" the Algerian writer Kamel Daoud asked in the French weekly Le Point.

The re-election of Emmanuel Macron was predicted. The real shock from the last French presidential election was the resounding boom of the radical left. The candidate of the pro-immigration party, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, of "La France Insoumise" ("Rebellious France"), made dramatic progress compared to 2017. He received 22.2% of the vote, just one point behind Marine Le Pen. Notably, he received 69% of Muslim vote.

"Mélenchon," said the French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut in an interview with French television Europe 1 "is betting on the Great Replacement to acquire more power". Finkielkraut had also mentioned the "Great Replacement" in January, when he said that the replacement of the European people by Africans, Asians and Middle Easterners was "obvious."

"This is in fact a fragmentation and yes, this risk does exist and in any event, I think the demographic change of Europe is extremely spectacular. The historical people in certain municipalities and regions are becoming a minority."

France's suburbs and large cities with a high rate of immigration have been the heart of Mélenchon's political project, and where he received 60% of the votes in the elections.

What do these numbers tell us? That many have gotten on the bandwagon of political Islam, and the feeling of communal solidarity has yielded the desired results. Mélenchon, who participated in "marches against Islamophobia" and compared Muslims in 2022 to Jews in 1942, predicted the "creolization" of France: "By 2050, 50 percent of the French population will be mixed".

"I am the only one who defended the Muslims", Mélenchon openly claims . He was heralded in working-class neighborhoods, in particular thanks to the Muslim vote, according to Le Figaro.

Although other candidates had also supported the claims of political Islam, "There is a category in which Jean-Luc Mélenchon is very strong, where he is the strongest", Brice Teinturier (Ipsos) warned. "[T]hese are French Muslims, where he is between 45% and 49%..."

In short, a new national dynamic can be seen: demography governs democracy. The common theme between supporters of these candidates and supporters of Islam appears to be an aversion to Western societies, which, using the progressive language and symbols of "woke", they apparently want to displace -- ostensibly to impose a more "inclusive" and "cosmopolitan" society that would be austere, forbidding and fundamentalist.

When the city of Grenoble, for instance, recently approved wearing burkinis in its public swimming pools, the mayor justified the change as a form of social inclusion. "The mayor of Grenoble", Céline Pina wrote in Le Figaro, "adopts the arguments and rhetorical formulas of the Muslim Brotherhood: talking about freedom to impose sexism."

This wokeism talk pretends to be "inclusive" but carefully excludes entire groups on the clearly racist basis of skin color (whites) or ethnicity (Jews). Wokeism, filled with progressive, racist talk, pretends not to be racist but meanwhile is imbued with the syrupy racist ideology of "diversity" -- which advocates replacing a society by immigration. It also promotes political correctness, a deadly virus that paralyzes the vital reflexes of the West. Wokeism is the ideal ground for the debut of political Islam in Europe.

France Strategy, an autonomous institution accountable to the Prime Minister, published a shocking study last October, which showed that there are 25 cities in France where the percentage of non-European young people is between 70% and 79%. More than 70% reside in four Seine-Saint-Denis cities.

"There is an extraordinary correlation between Mélenchon's vote and the share of immigrants of non-European origin in the Paris region," wrote the analyst Sylvain Catherine.

In Montpellier, "there are more practicing Muslims than practicing Christians, and while the churches are not very crowded, the mosques are full", the Midi Libre newspaper reported. There, Mélenchon found an immense reserve of votes. In Créteil, for instance, a symbolic city of immigration in the Marne Valley, Mélenchon received 40%.

Erwan Seznec, the author of the book Nos élus et l'islam ("Our Elected and Islam"), detailed how so many of the French leadership have allowed Islamism to flourish in these cities. From Denain to Perpignan, sizeable numbers of elected officials have ambiguous relations with their Muslim voters. In exchange for votes, they watch out for their homes, jobs and prayer rooms. Islamist activists, in turn, fight to care for their supportive politicians. Bernard Rougier, author of the book Les territoires conquis de l'islamisme, ("The Territories Conquered by Islamism") cautioned two years ago that "In the next elections, in Mélenchon's party, there will be candidates of this Islamist fabric..."

Mélenchon received 61% percent in centers such as Trappes, a symbol of the Islamization of provincial cities:

"70 percent Muslim, 40-50 different nationalities that take on the appearance of some Lebanese localities, microworlds enclosed in the perimeter of another religious reality and civilization. The ethnic grid of the Balkans is also not far off."

In Roubaix, in a city already 40% Muslim, Mélenchon received 50% of the vote. In Mulhouse, the Alsatian city chosen by Macron to launch a project to contain political Islam, Mélenchon won 36% of the vote. In Nîmes, where Mélenchon effortlessly won, non-European immigration is expanding and, according to Le Monde, "the share of inhabitants born outside Europe rose from 7.3% to 16.3% of the population between 1990 and 2017".

In the second round of the elections, most Mélenchon voters opted for Macron. During Ramadan, the Great Mosque of Paris even organized for Macron's re-election an iftar-dinner. Christophe Castaner, Macron's former interior minister and president of his party, attended it. The votes for Macron rolled in. Trappes voted 74%, for Macron, 20 points above the national average; in Roubaix, 70%; in Grigny, 70%; in La Courneuve, 77%; in Bondy 74%; in Colombes, 80%; in Les Lilas, 83.5%; in Bobigny, 75.5%.... These are the symbolic cities of Saint-Denis.

In the northern districts of Marseille, which had largely voted for Mélenchon in the first round, Macron easily won. Those are the neighborhoods that are home to a large part of the Islamic community -- 30% of the total population of the city and a quarter of all the inhabitants of the city. "The northern districts of Marseille", wrote: Le Figaro, "a 'small city' where communitarianism is a daily reality..."

The same dynamic can also be seen in Germany. Research by MedienDienst Integration noted that 83 parliamentarians in the newly elected German Bundestag -- 11.3% of the total -- have foreign origins. The percentage of German parliamentarians of foreign origin has increased for the third consecutive time since the national elections of 2013 (by 5.9%) and 2017 (by 8%). 18 new Members of Parliament are of Turkish origin, and 24 have Balkan roots.... The number of Social Democratic MPs (the winners of last September's elections) who have an immigrant background went from 10% to 17% in one election.

This ever-increasing percentage of Turkish, Bosnian, Kosovar, Iranian and Iraqi politicians will increasingly influence the choices of the first European power in matters of immigration and multiculturalism. The left-wing party Die Linke has the highest percentage of parliamentarians with an immigrant background: 28.2%. And tomorrow? Herbert Brücker, the head of migrant research at the Federal Institute for Employment Research, told the German newspaper Die Welt:

"Currently a quarter of the people in Germany have an immigrant background. In 20 years, it will be at least 35 percent, but it could also exceed 40 percent... What we see in big cities today will be normal for the whole country in the future. In a city like Frankfurt, we will have between 65 percent and 70 percent".

"The result of the presidential election reveals that Mélenchon's strategy aimed at the Muslim community paid off," noted the anthropologist Florence Bergeaud-Blackler. But with what consequences in the future?

"The massive vote for Mélenchon is proof that the strategy of community victimization that began in the 1990s produced what it was intended to produce in one or two generations. Mélenchon gathered a large part of the Muslim vote, which obviously does not make it a Muslim or Islamist party, but only a 'cuckoo' party. Like the cuckoo hatching its eggs in the nest of a bird of another species, a cuckoo party shelters and protects ideas that are not its own. The Muslim Brotherhood have a strategy that they expressed in their plans from the 1980s: to form an alliance with the most docile parties to propagate their ideas".

What will happen in France in five years with demographics turning upside down? Will there be a scenario as in the novel Submission by Michel Houellebecq, with a "moderate" Muslim Brother elected as president? Or those with similar policies who take the lead thanks to their pact with the Muslim communities?

"Today," the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut reflected, "there are 145 mosques in Seine-Saint-Denis compared to 117 churches." The former are overcrowded, the latter are half-empty.

The future is here already.