If these eager young nationalists were talking to all French citizens — "Hey compatriots, love it or leave it!" — the slogan might be crass, but not terribly offensive. Mais non, they are addressing immigrants, a group of people that, by the FN's definition, includes French citizens whose parents were born in France.'
Does that remind you of anywhere? I don't know whether to be relieved or horrified that this is happening all over the world. Yeah, okay so I'm not relieved. And I guess in all honesty I'm not surprised either.
The most recent phenomenon of nationalistic behavior (which borderlines on racism) in Australia has been alarming. You know what I mean - the Australia Day palaver, the terrible opinion pieces (most recent in the Sun Herald on Sunday), the whole flag waving from your car thing, the tshirts telling people if they 'don't like it here to fuck off', and those Southern Cross tattoos. Now what is that all about?
So why is there this undercurrent of xenophobia and especially amongst young people? Where did it come from? I just don't understand - in a country that is built on immigration, in a society that is socially inclusive, and a country which celebrates diversity, how come all of a sudden this stuff raises its ugly head again?
Do you know what, I think if you don't like it here then you should fuck off. I love this country and am proud of this country. Why? Because the people that make this country their home do retain bits of their culture, stories, food, language, and religion. And when everyone shares those things - well that's what make this such an interesting place to live.