Smart book (ordered on Amazon.com ; not sold in France). Very few people
can imagine, here, that such events may happen to us. The last collapse
occurred when Hitler invaded France in 1940. French army collapsed in
four weeks. Anarchy had no time to spread : germans occupied the north
zone and the french governement (Vichy) ruled the south half, so the
situation had been frozen for three years. Times were hard, but, in
south zone's country, people lived almost normally. My mother whose
family kept a simple village grocery used to say : "we didn't really
suffer". In fact, this was so because people were less demanding and
solidarity was greater than today.
Today, the situation is more serious. The explosion of the eurozone is a
real possibility now. The collapse of Dollar is another possibility
which will send a huge shock wave towards Europa because economies are
interlinked. Moreover, it is extremely difficult to know exactly the
consequences of the bank crisis on people's lives in Iceland, in
Ireland, and in Greece. Argentina example is a bit far from us : its GDP
per person was 2/3 from France's in its best years but its political
traditions are far from ours.
Will things get so ugly here than those described in your book ? I hope
it will not be so. I don't see myself buying a gun and training
(excepted singular conditions, it's illegal, here). And I'm too old for
that (62, near retirement). Book's discussions are interesting : better
living in small town. Bad luck ! I'm living in a big one (Marseille), in
a central quiet district. I own a small "town house". In any case I will
not move. Where to go ? I'll try to get some autonomy concerning water
and energy. Security upgrade. Medicine (rather good today) will ever be
better here than elsewhere. Rare friends and parents live near in the
town. The best may be to get the right state of mind and get ready for
the worst ?
PS : It would be nice to insert a short but pertinent bibliography in
Hi JP, thanks for your email. You can legally own guns in France!
You can own a handgun in a non military caliber, say 40S&W or 38Special/357 Magnum and a pump action shotgun (5 round limit apparently) By all means do get yourself a couple guns. If nothing else you’ll enjoy shooting as a hobby. Buying a double barrel 12ga shotgun is terribly simple because its considered a hunting gun, its stupid simple to operate too. You’re never too old to learn a few new tricks. ;-)
Other than that, millions share your same situation, in many cases much worse. Your situation is pretty good and you can do a few things to make it even better like getting a firearm for home defense and stocking up some supplies.
Its interesting to hear about your mothers experience. If you have more of those, anecdotes and such I’d like to hear them if you have the time.
My grandmother, she went through some tough times during the Spanish civil war. They had a farm but times where hard and food was taken away, rationed. She always wanted to have her own store, a grocery of some sort. “You can always make a living if you own your own business” she says. Many store owners lost their business here after 2001 but I understand what she means. If you are fair, build up a good clientele, have good prices and quality products you’ll manage to survive. When they came from Spain to Argentina my grandmother opened a small general store, then closed it and opened a bakery which was very successful.
During war times, bugging in and fighting the hordes isn’t an option. Your best alternative is to evacuate in advance, not wait until its too late.
Here’s an interesting piece about the German occupation in France:
The life of the French during the German occupation was marked, from the beginning, by endemic shortages. They are explained by several factors:
· One of the conditions of the armistice was to pay the costs of the three-hundred-thousand strong German occupational army, which amounted to twenty million Reichmarks per day. The artificial exchange rate of the German Reichsmark currency against the French franc was consequently established as one mark to twenty francs. This allowed German requisitions and purchases to be made into a form of organised plunder and resulted in endemic food shortages and malnutrition, particularly amongst children, the elderly, and the more vulnerable sections of French society such as the working urban class of the cities.
· The disorganisation of transport, except for the railway system which relied on French domestic coal supplies.
· The extreme shortage of petrol and diesel fuel. France had no indigenous oil production and all importations had stopped.
· Labour shortages, particularly in the countryside, due to the large number of French prisoners of war held in Germany.
Lack of food
Supply problems quickly affected French stores which lacked most items. Faced with these difficulties in everyday life, the government answered by creating food charts and tickets which were to be exchanged for bread, meat, butter and cooking oil. Hunger prevailed, especially affecting youth in urban areas. The queues lengthened in front of shops. In the absence of meat and other foods including potatoes, people ate unusual vegetables, such as Swedish turnip and Jerusalem artichoke. Products such as sugar were replaced by substitutes (saccharin). Coffee was replaced by toasted barley mixed with chicory. Some people benefited from the black market, where food was sold without tickets at very high prices. Counterfeit food tickets were also in circulation. Direct buying from farmers in the countryside and barter against cigarettes were also frequent practices during this period. These activities were strictly forbidden however and thus carried out at the risk of confiscation and fines. Food shortages were most acute in the large cities. In the more remote country villages, however, clandestine slaughtering, vegetable gardens and the availability of milk products permitted better survival.
Lack of raw materials
Ersatz, or makeshift substitutes, took the place of many products that were in short supply; gas generators ("gazogènes") on trucks and automobiles burned charcoal or wood pellets as a substitute to gasoline, chicory took the place of coffee, and wooden soles for shoes were used instead of leather. Soap was rare and made in households from fats and caustic soda.
When leaving the country your documents to do so and you savings in precious metals and cash will become your greatest assets. The more money you have saved, the easier it is to start over abroad.
Ethnic and religious persecution has occurred throughout history and still occurs today.
When you see such a thing happening, leave immediately. Being a second to later may have terrible consequences.