Hailed by elected officials of all stripes hypnotized by a few cleverly highlighted detail announcements, Emmanuel Macron’s speech on Islamic separatism may have been heard, but it certainly has not been studied. However, it contains in germ the worst danger for a nation like ours: violating our entire republican tradition, it intends less to stem the temporal encroachments of Islam on the Republic than to force the Republic to adapt to Islam.
Is this an effect of our new way of thinking about politics? A final symptom of the change in the age of Twitter, where 140 characters become the ferment of our convictions, our enthusiasms or our outbursts? Is it finally the hypnotic talent that we rightly attribute to Mr. Macron?
Still, the reactions to the speech that the President of the Republic made on Friday at Les Mureaux on what he calls “Islamist separatism” have something to question. We saw a number of elected officials and observers, still aware yesterday of the hold of a certain Islam on lives, neighborhoods, entire portions of France, drawn without resistance into the illusion that an hour of Peroration on the subject would magically resolve the major problem of our country, the greatest challenge facing France in decades. We have seen opponents of Mr. Macron throw up their arms with relief, Socialist Prime Ministers praising his change of foot, Republican parliamentarians to add to the founding character of the speech, old beards of the National Rally, pitiful with bewilderment, to whom we would have wanted to hand out a card of the Republic in March to complete their sudden happiness …
Hey there! So take your eyes off the television screen that blinds you and rather immerse them in the text that the President of the Republic spoke on Friday! So forget the actor’s game to study the monologue of the play for a moment. The work will then appear to you very different from what, at first glance, you have allowed yourself to think.
For under the most resounding exterior of triumphalism, it is a defeat in the open countryside that is looming. The most profound renunciation of the principles which have constituted for two centuries and more our Republic for which the French are being prepared.
Mr. Macron sought on Friday, as a master of political illusion – the one that allowed him to be elected in 2017, the one that allows him to hold out ever since – to blind us to the horizon that he assigns to the country.
Everything fits in his text: the sequence of themes, the counterbalance of ideas, the “at the same time” from which he will never come out, but which only the naive still think would be the mark of indecision. Mr. Macron knows what he wants to do with France: a country prepared for communitarization, a Republic whose state is responsible for cultural fragmentation.
To achieve this goal, which is reflected most clearly in the 4th part of the speech and that the final chapter of the text tries to hide by opportunely highlighting the necessary love of the Republic, Mr. Macron throws three circles of smoke intended for blind us: France is at fault for what is happening to it, she said first, but let us be reassured, he continues, the law will settle everything by the end of the year and conclude that within four years, the Republic will have reorganized Islam.
To state these ends of speech in such a synthetic way – so caricature, those who do not share my way of seeing things will say – is to underline the profound inconsistency of the measures that have been announced in the light of the reality of the crisis that is going through our country, but also their total coherence as soon as the goals of the announced policy are clarified.
The first circle of our blindness is repentance. France is said to be responsible for the Islamist separatism which is gangrene. Mr. Macron’s words are strong, they are odious: “We ourselves have built our own separatism”. And he obviously does not fail to find the reason: “We are a country with a colonial past and which has traumas that it still has not resolved”. Here we are, return ticket for the speech he gave in Algeria in February 2017 on the subject of colonization in Algeria: “It is a crime against humanity. It is a real barbarism and it is part of this past that we must face in the face by apologizing to those to whom we have committed these acts “, he said then.
To those who think that Emmanuel Macron would have changed, we therefore offer without regret a reason for disappointment: France remains more than ever a guilty country in his eyes. The hairshirt on his shoulders, repentance on his lips, it is a matter of recanting. This implies that our country has a debt vis-à-vis the descendants of the peoples who were placed across the Mediterranean under his government. A debt that our Nation should obviously repay immediately, unlike those that the State is contracting massively at this time before handing them generously to our children.
This post-colonial debt is the start of the Mureaux discourse. She sets the framework, she illuminates the rest. It says as much about the real thought of the president as the dozen or so drunken pages after it.
Should we repeat here that we think the opposite? France need not be ashamed of the colonial policies it pursued. In conquering the world, it espoused the aims of great power, which secured for it the position it occupies today among the ranks of Nations. We are not just moral heirs, we benefit materially. Our standard of living is based on this past. That it was not always bright is a fact, but, because often too it is for glory that it was made, nothing should ever lower our eyes to our history. It makes us what we are. To repent is to indulge in anachronistic morality cheaply and to deny ourselves. “Never a knee on the ground”, such should be the motto of the French. But one knee is not enough for Mr. Macron: while he claims to be dealing with enemies of France, he first wants us to bend completely under the weight of what would be our faults. A unique way of preparing troops for combat …
The second circle of blindness is the legislative delusion. The law could change the world … There is no longer a single Frenchman who, in his daily life, drenched for so many years by high-sounding announcements that yet another reform passed in Parliament will inevitably improve his life, can still let himself be taken in the trap. Faced with a movement so rooted that the Islamic radicalization of minds, in our neighborhoods, among hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of our fellow citizens, the law can no longer but be a supplementary force, it cannot constitute the large of the battalions to be thrown into battle.
Yet this is the part of his speech that Mr. Macron has bet on the most in terms of communication. He knew in advance that by cascading and taking over a number of the common sense measures long demanded by the Republican right and by a part of the extreme right, he was going to unsettle many of his opponents. . Let us recognize this success: reading the reactions, he hit the mark.
Well … fortunately not with everyone, especially the author of these lines. Why ? Because the measures announced are insufficient and deliberately partial. To govern is to choose. What did Mr. Macron choose and, above all, what did he refuse to choose?
He chooses what strikes the spirits: the ban in school canteens of denominational menus, that is to say hallal; the prohibition of hours reserved for Muslim women in public swimming pools; no doubt (it is said very allusively) a new hospital regulation to thwart the patient’s choice of the gender of his doctor; an extension of the obligation of neutrality in delegated public services, the definition of new grounds for the dissolution in the Council of Ministers of certain associations, the conditionality of subsidies on respect for secularism; compulsory schooling for all; negotiations with Muslim countries in order to eventually no longer welcome teachers or imans who come from there to France; a strengthening of controls on the financing of mosques.
Here. That’s it. It’s all that. And that’s just it. Enough to fall asleep, insufficient to plunge indefinitely into lethargy. Because the law could have already largely allowed it without passing a new one. It was enough to apply it in its severity: the menus hallal are for example already illegal because the payment by the communities of the tax on the products concerned is paid back to maintain the Muslim worship, which is contrary to the law of 1905. The same applies to the hours reserved in the swimming pools, which can be attacked in the name of the same law because they organize a public service according to religious criteria.
So why a new law? In itself, the law matters little in the eyes of Mr. Macron; what he’s looking for is the debate on the law, the media coverage around the law. This obviously begins this week with the “consultations” that the Minister of the Interior is supposed to conduct, a fine delaying maneuver around a text that has already been written … We believe we are reliving the “great debate”! For Mr. Macron, it is a matter of saturating the media space to give the illusion that he is acting, when he has had the means to act for three years and has not done so. Come on, let’s launch an easy bet: all this will end with the signing in front of the camera, at the Elysee Palace, of the decree promulgating the new law by the President of the Republic flanked by the Minister of the Interior and that of Justice: a pledge on the right, a pledge on the left, then close the ban. Already seen, right? …
If Mr. Macron believes so strongly that he will fight against galloping Islamism with a simple law, why does he not consider extending it to other fields, voluntarily ignored? Let us think of the substitute menus in the canteens, which are nothing other than the religious norm recognized as the organizer of the public service and are until now left to the appreciation of the judge; the wearing of the veil among school guides left to the appreciation of teachers. What about religious symbols in private companies, frequent theaters of the strongest proselytizing maneuvers? What about the veil accepted at the University, an exception to the neutrality of the public service of education? Are these secondary subjects, while, everywhere in France, they sign the renouncements of the state in the face of Islamic activism? But on that, of course, not a word.
Mr. Macron therefore chooses to strike people with a few measures, not to solve the problem by taking it head on. This corresponds to its deep will: to promote, through the derogatory action of the State, in defiance of secularism, the entrenchment of Islam in France.
Indeed, the third and last circle of blindness, the most dangerous because it is intended to be the most reassuring while it has the heaviest consequences, is that the Republic must, according to its president, organize Islam.
Of course, he denies it. He swears to his great gods (forgive me for this joke) that he has given up on the idea of a concordat. What is disturbing is that he seriously considered it one day, in direct disregard of 115 years of secular tradition in our Republic. It is true that its current Minister of the Interior has long been in favor of it: this may explain it.
Thus, the President of the Republic proclaims that the state will never get involved in organizing Islam. However, it will do precisely the opposite, the words imply it without ambiguity: “we must help this religion in our country to structure itself to be a partner of the Republic”, “to try together to build an organization which will allow us to build an Enlightenment Islam in our country ”,“ we ourselves will train our imans and our chanters (…) but also intellectuals who defend an Islam fully compatible with the values of the Republic ”…
What more is needed from those who, defenders of the unity of France, have transiently found republican overtones in this speech? On the contrary, it is clearly turning its back on the secular and indivisible Republic.
If, as Michel Onfray noted immediately, dreaming of an “Enlightenment Islam” is an oxymoron, “Islam” meaning submission and “Enlightenment” the primacy of free will, the temptation for the State to organize Islam is totally opposed to the principle of secularism. Mr. Macron foresaw the objection, which is why he tells us: it will not be the State, but the French Council of Muslim Worship which will label imans in our country … But finally !, which will entrust the CFCM with this incredible responsibility, if not the state itself? So this is called a public service delegation. An unprecedented public service because it is religious. I have undoubtedly already abused too much jokes of language to dare to ask Mr. Macron if, in this new delegation of public service, he will demand from the members of the CFCM the respect of neutrality …
Let’s be serious: if the government dragged France into this madness, it would not just put its finger on it, it would drop its arm, then the whole body. The legislator of 1905, in his wisdom, had established the Separation, conceiving secularism as a dyke. He stated from the outset that “the Republic neither recognizes nor pays any cult”: yes, the Republic has taken the precaution of not recognizing religions, the better to keep them apart, to leave them in their own sphere, private, that of personal conscience, in order to better contain them when they claim to come out of it to invade and rule the public sphere.
However, what Mr. Macron is proposing scars all this. He wants the Republic to organize Muslim worship. He wants more than that in reality: he does not want Islam to adapt to the Republic – to the constrained and forced need, as other religions have done before him in France – he wants the Republic to adapts to Islam.
This reality, which must sound like a scandal in the eyes of the Republicans, he expresses it in this famous fourth part of speech, which, after the repentance of the start, is the real end of the ends of this text.
Yes, Mr. Macron wants our country to adapt to the religion of Muhammad. He doesn’t want to let things go. He does not wish to keep religion at a distance, as our fathers did in 1905, he wants to open the doors and windows of France to a practice, a culture, a civilization.
The idea of the unity of the Republic is foreign to him: what he still dares to call our national community has, according to him, “66 million of history”. Never had a President of the Republic thought of the end of the Nation at this point. His goal is crystal clear and, if he covers it in the last part of the speech with the love he exhorts to bear for the Republic like the affection lavished on the dying, he l ‘expresses bluntly: the State must “bring out a better understanding of Islam”. The citizen – who will obviously not be consulted on this point, any more than on this whole societal project – will pay 10 million euros for “the development of high-level Islamic studies at the university”. The state will create a scientific institute of Islamology; it will orient French research on Muslim civilization. France is assigned to become “a country of excellence in the study of Muslim civilizations” to force the French to better understand “the civilizations which in fact coexist on our soil taking into account what has become of the people today. French ”.
Logical consequence: whereas a quarter of an hour earlier, he threw the illusion with the announcement of the end of the Teaching of languages and cultures of origin (ELCO), the same Mr. Macron announces straight away, ” in an extraordinarily uninhibited way ”- these are his words – his intention to“ recognize and exalt in order to bring them to life within the republican framework ”Arabic and the other languages of Islam. And to announce that, soon, we will have found a way “to teach the Arabic language more at school or in extracurricular” and stuffed the heads of our schoolchildren with “a real policy of knowledge of languages and of Islamic civilizations.
So that’s the deal. And it is then that the very term of “Islamist separatism” that Mr. Macron has cleverly chosen becomes clearer: he in no way expresses his wish to eradicate the Salafist germ from the land of France, he signs his will to attach the Islam, to root it in the Republic by adapting it to this singular requirement, fundamentally contrary to the law of 1905 and to the secularism it established. This is logically what leads him to say that “Islamist separatism is sometimes even emancipated from strict religion”, condemning the first, but recognizing the second within the framework of the state.
To put it another way, Mr. Macron trades separatism for communitarianism. However, by choosing the wrong priority, he will have both.
So let’s be clear: this speech was not only intended to reassure a people frightened by what it has witnessed for thirty years in the silence of the public authorities, it operates a real political turn in France by forcing our people to accept the institutionalization of a religion on its soil. The President of the Republic does not intend to let things go as they could go on their own over time, he wants to force the course of destiny by putting the State at the service of a project of civilization on the subject which the French will not be consulted.
The Islamists, who declared war on France, who, most of the time, act without a reserved pool, without denominational menus torn from the weakness of local elected officials, without even becoming presidents of subsidized associations, these Salafists, who took the hand over the lives of the inhabitants of the neighborhoods, who finance themselves by drug trafficking against which the State pretends to fight without real will – to the point of accepting that its financial results are now included in the calculation of French GDP! -, who padlock their wives under fabric prisons when it is not by assigning them to their homes, these Wahhabis who plague our country, buy low-cost businesses to install their community signs there, the very people who have encouraged this summer the small strikes of our neighborhoods to lay down the law, by noise, provocation and insult, in the least of our city centers or on the least of our beaches, all this little mon of the Islamic counter-society can breathe: Mr. Macron’s speech will not harm him. Its small business will be able to continue since the Republic is eager to adapt, its president wants to lead it to break with its indifference to religions in order to resolutely organize that of Allah on its soil.
We were waiting for a declaration of war. We got a declaration of love.
No, Mr. Macron’s France will not expel the 3,400 foreigners who, on its territory, are nevertheless on file for Islamic radicalization. It will not close the hundred or so Salafist mosques still in operation. It will not worry the tens of thousands of Salafists who advocate against France the need for Sharia law. It will let the more than 600 prisoners come out of prison after two years after having been convicted of Islamic terrorism or recognized as radicalized. It will not protect employees in the private sector against indoctrination they may be subjected to in their workplace. It will not give itself the means to disarm the communities of the suburbs, which are now overflowing with war material, as we have seen this summer in Dijon and elsewhere. It will not break with mass immigration (a record 277,000 residence permits were issued last year) which feeds communitarianism. Out of weakness, it will deprive itself of any possibility of home visitation among the Islamists since it will force them to send their children to school, depriving in the process friendly families of the Republic of the freedom of education which was recognized by the law. Republic since 1882. It will therefore leave the sectarians alone who do not need, to spread their liberticidal ideas, a swimming pool, canteens, public subsidies, home education or imans coming from afar, it is that is to say almost all Islamists currently on French soil.
No, Mr. Macron prefers to content himself with grooming the facilities used by these individuals rather than declaring war at the heart of their ideology. It gives up banning Salafism and other Islamist doctrines as an attack on freedom. He therefore leaves our country at the mercy of all attempts to enslave it. Islamists have shown great inventiveness in the past in advancing their theses. The developments announced by the President of the Republic will encourage them to continue on this promising path for them.
This is what the Mureaux speech could lead to, which will remain in our history as an anti-republican turning point assumed by the President of the Republic himself. Are the French people ready to accept it? We firmly believe that it is not.