The French Press on the Southern Confederacy.
The Paris Pays,
(the official paper of Napoleon
,) of the 13th ult., contains a long article on the separation which has taken place from the American Republic
It draws a picture of the effects which would follow a stoppage of the cotton and tobacco crops were the North
allowed to attack the South
, and adds:
Let us not be deceived; the North
exhibits so much rashness and audacity only from the belief taught it by the European
press, that the inhabitants of the South
, too weak in numbers to resist its attacks, will not find on this side of the Atlantic
a single generous sentiment, much less a moral support.
Will philanthropy so far blind European
commerce as to make it forgetful of its own interests?
We do not think so, and already England
, profoundly moved, awakes at length to the reality; she begins to measure the whole extent of the disaster which menaces her manufactures; she no longer disguises the fact, in spite of her abolition tendencies, that her commercial interests depend in a great measure on the prosperity of the South
, which Europe
has a deep interest in seeing preserve, at least temporarily, her institutions, now attacked with so much vehemence.
The question is a plain one; we have previously said that the South
, far from being the aggressor, as it seems to be generally supposed, was the victim of Northern pretensions.
Those recent words of the Emperor
also find an echo in the bottom of our hearts: ‘"France
has no desire to meddle in any way where her interests are not at stake; in fine, if she has sympathies for what is great and noble, she does not hesitate to condemn everything that violates justice and the rights of nations."’ Public opinion will appreciate them on both sides of the Atlantic
, and will find for the great interests at stake in the American
crisis, a solution which may be satisfactory to all — namely, an amicable separation, without conflict and without war, instead of a secession by violence, or a Union maintained by force.