Since pointless fact checks over largely unimportant things are all the rage, we might as well join the fun.
Ron DeSantis sparks outrage after suggesting the French would not have put up any resistance to a Russian invasion – Conservative governor’s statement is mocked for lack of geopolitical knowledge – The Independent
“A lot of other places around the world, they just fold the minute there’s any type of adversity,” Mr DeSantis contended, apparently referring to the US’s European allies.
“Can you imagine if he went into France?” Mr DeSantis asked, referring to the Russian president and the Russian Federation’s military. “Would they do anything to put up a fight? Probably not.”
The bizarre insult ignored a number of truths about the situation, ranging from the size of France’s military to the fact that the French famously resisted the Nazi invasion of their country in 1940 and its citizenry formed a resistance movement against the occupying Nazi forces that persisted until the end of World War II.
The Franco-Prussian war ended with the French fighting among themselves instead of securing Paris, with the whole thing ending in a German victory and another radical leftist gang running Paris.
That was positively heroic compared to the French surrendering, mostly accepting Vichy control, and acting as Nazi collaborators. The so-called French Resistance was not especially French. And certainly not representative of French elites in Paris.
And these days Paris and most major French cities are occupied by Jihadists who rob, stab, shoot, behead, and bomb the native population.
I don’t know what would happen if that 40-mile column headed toward Paris, but no one has gone bankrupt in the last few generations by betting against the French standing and fighting. While the French have an impressive enough military, over in Paris they like to surrender before they shoot.
DeSantis described Putin, again, as “basically an authoritarian gas station attendant.” Russia, meanwhile, is a “hollowed-out country but for the energy” and “legacy nuclear weapons,” DeSantis argued.
Fact check: accurate.