The news from Europe

Who says France is decadent? The French seem to be frozen in amber, in a dream of the past:

STARSKY AND HUTCH are to be reborn as a pair of French cops called Madani and Duval in a Gallic version of the 1970s hit series. The show is being produced by the trendy M6 channel, which hopes to tap into the French love of American television while respecting its legal obligation to make 40 per cent of its programmes in France….

[D]espite a continued belief in French cultural superiority in some quarters, viewers remain deeply attached to American shows: Dallas, Dynasty, Love Boat, Columbo and Charlie’s Angels are regularly repeated, while French series from the 1970s and 1980s have disappeared.

Meanwhile, the EU is boldly declaring new, transnational crimes:

The seven crimes announced by the Commission are counterfeiting euro notes and coins; credit card and cheque fraud; money laundering; people-trafficking; computer hacking and virus attacks; corruption in the private sector; and marine pollution. The possible future EU crimes are intellectual property theft; racial discrimination and incitement to racial hatred; trafficking in human organs and tissue; and corruption in awarding public contracts.

Fiddling while Rome burns and rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic will not be crimes in Eurabia. Whether burning the cars of the new Starsky and Hutch or the reruns of Charlie’s Angels will be illegal shall be determined by the Clichy-sous-Bois millet.

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