The terrible attacks that recently brought mourning to France are the tip of the Islamist iceberg that we have allowed to grow on our soil. It is the most violent manifestation of the spread of fanaticism and the fracturing of our nation. We are faced with an enemy determined to destroy everything we hold dear. As communitarianism and ultraviolence flourish, our country is experiencing a decline in authority.
This exceptionally serious situation does not call for big speeches or small tweets, but real regal, legal and civic rearmament. We must first make security a budgetary priority, which is by no means the case today: since 2017, the budget for the “security” mission has grown more slowly than public spending as a whole. We need to increase it by at least 5 billion euros in five years. The security forces are now on a slope of impoverishment and the government is recruiting new police and gendarmes without giving them the means to do their job. The non-staff budget of the security forces represents only 11% of their total budget. This is dramatically insufficient. They lack everything: bulletproof vests, uniforms, operational vehicles, functional computer equipment …
But this sovereign disarmament is not just material. It is time to ensure the effectiveness of sentences and to toughen the penal response, in particular by instituting exemplary minimum sentences and eliminating quasi-automatic sentence reductions. Rather than emptying the prisons during the health crisis, we must urgently build 20,000 prison places, diversifying them according to the dangerousness of the detainees. This is a prerequisite for prison sentences to be enforced. We also need to dematerialize and simplify criminal procedure by drafting a new code of criminal procedure inspired by British law.
The restoration of public order and the swift application of sentences must go hand in hand with the restoration of national cohesion. Regulatory rearmament is essential but is not enough. For national cohesion not to remain a slogan, it requires repairing the territorial, economic, educational or cultural fractures that threaten to undo our nation.
This presupposes drastically reducing immigration which is now out of control and which only aggravates communitarianism. It is time to stop the regularizations which are bonuses for violating our borders and our rights, as well as to vote in Parliament for a strict ceiling on legal immigration according to our integration capacities. France is not in a position to assimilate 275,000 new legal immigrants every year, not to mention the tens of thousands of asylum seekers or the thousands of unaccompanied minors.
It is also time to eradicate the Islamist enemy by all means, by systematically expelling foreigners linked to Islamist movements and by permanently closing Salafist and Brotherist places of worship. We cannot be satisfied that only seven mosques have been temporarily closed on the basis of the law of November 1, 2017. We must adapt our law to the fight against Islamism. Our capacity for action is today paralyzed by a vice of rules and jurisprudence which gives precedence to individual rights to the point of depriving us of the means to defend ourselves. This is why we need to revise our Constitution: France has the right to decide who settles on its soil and the right to defend itself against those who want its death. In the face of Islamism, it is urgent to move from rhetoric to action.
And we must finally give love to France by transmitting our language, our history and our values to our children and to foreigners. Teaching the French language must be an absolute priority. Rather than “extolling” the languages of origin as the President of the Republic invites us, it is the French language that we must transmit above all to our children and to foreigners admitted to stay on our soil. That a French exam be introduced at the start of sixth grade by doubling the hours of French for students in difficulty. Whether obtaining or renewing a residence permit is conditional on effective monitoring of the level of oral and written fluency in our language as well as a minimum knowledge of our history and our way of life.
We have to face a knot of problems: the pauperization of the police, the non-enforcement of sentences, penal laxity, uncontrolled mass immigration, the abandonment of assimilation, the rise of Islamist communitarianism and the crisis in the transmission of our language and our culture. These challenges are not independent of each other; we must meet them together by restoring authority at all levels and reaffirming everything that makes France a nation.