Darling of French Left proposes boot camps for offenders

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France's Socialists were divided yesterday after front-running presidential candidate Ségolène Royal adopted a traditionally Right-wing stance in proposing to send the most troublesome and violent youths for military training.

Miss Royal, 52, daughter of a strict Roman Catholic colonel, has caused uproar by suggesting that unruly teenagers should receive military training even after just one offence and that failing parents should be sent back to school and have their child benefit managed by a third party.

The comments - which have led to controversy in France where military service was eliminated in 1996 - have drawn outrage from some Socialists and support from others struggling to meet the country's need for a solution to waves of suburban violence. "The army neither has the capacity nor the vocation to redress society's ills. Let's not ask of the military things it is not trained to do," said Daniel Vaillant, a Socialist Paris deputy and former interior minister.
The highlighted section is the most sensible statement i have ever heard from a Socialist in relation to the armed forces. 8O

Telegraph
 
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"The army neither has the capacity nor the vocation to redress society's ills. Let's not ask of the military things it is not trained to do," said Daniel Vaillant, a Socialist Paris deputy and former interior minister.

Which in the French army's case includes fighting wars and stopping German invasions...
 
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Warrior_Poet said:
"The army neither has the capacity nor the vocation to redress society's ills. Let's not ask of the military things it is not trained to do," said Daniel Vaillant, a Socialist Paris deputy and former interior minister.

Which in the French army's case includes fighting wars and stopping German invasions...
Both of which it has repeatedly failed to do.

Still Britain could bail them out.

Again.
 
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The Telegraph is wrong: its not a "traditionaly right-wing stance" in France. The French Left has always been a fan of conscription as they feel it will generate an "army of the people" rather than a all volunteer force which would be a tool of the establishment elite.
 

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