'God Lives In France' is an old saying that seems to have two interpretations, as far as I can tell. In the Netherlands it is used to refer to people who have an enviable lifestyle. In Germany it is used in the context of describing an idle lifestyle which is dependent on handouts. Starkly contrasting but apt given the swing tonight from right to left in the form of the new Socialist President Francois Hollande.
Political ideology and political positions on the left to right spectrum seem to have taken religious thought along on the ride. I am talking specifically about the Occupy movement and St.Paul's and all that. The Occupy protesters were rebuffed as time wasting Socialists or lefties. There was heated debate about Manon or God and how you could not follow both. Those who opposed the occupation of the space outside St.Paul's were seen as siding with Manon. Those who opposed excessive wealth creation were, frankly, seen as being barmy. Occupy claimed to side with God.
Europe stands at crossroads tonight. Francois Hollande has declared that "there is no age of austerity". He has also said that: "My real adversary, has no name, no face, no party. This adversary is the world of finance''.
Does God live in France?