In the Near Hereafter

Michel Houellebecq’s new novel posits a Muslim political party winning power in France. Dalrymple says that such a scenario is very unlikely but notes that such a party has just been formed:

…the Union des Démocrates Musulmans Français (UDMF), which has only 900 members—200 joined after the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the publication of Soumission—but 8,000 “sympathizers.” The UDMF will run candidates for eight of the 2,000 available seats in the forthcoming local elections.

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