Eric Zemmour, a French journalist who writes for Le Figaro, is at the center of a storm of controversy following comments he made on television November 13. Zemmour, born in Paris, is from a family of Jewish Berbers who left Algeria after the Algerian war. Zemmour’s main point was that there are different races distinguishable by skin color. Both the French paper press and the blogosphere have had a field day with this story, accusing him of resurrecting the Nazi theory of race, of being a “Lepeniste”, of making comments that emit a nauseating odor, of being a promoter of ethnic separationism, of triggering a “civil war” between Jews, blacks, and Arabs, of expressing the malaise of French “Negrophobes”, of seeking a return of “a white France”, etc...
The entire conversation can be found on the website of François Desouche, however it is entirely too long to translate. A portion of what he said – the most incriminating part, is posted at several websites. If there is racism in this story it is certainly not on the part of Zemmour. Rather this outpouring of venom is an indication of the repressed racism boiling below the surface in the kingdom of the French media and its various talking heads, intellectuals and “philosophers”.
Here is a small portion of the whole conversation between Zemmour; Isabelle Giordano, the moderator of the show; Rokhaya Diallo, a black woman from Senegal and president of an organization called “The Indivisable Ones”; Vincent Cespedes, another of many long-winded French philosophers who have nothing to say and take an eternity to say it; and Renan Demirkan, a German actress and writer of Turkish origin:
- Eric Zemmour: There is racial “métissage”, that is, the mixture, physically, of races.
- Rokhaya Diallo: What are races? What do you mean by “races”?
- Eric Zemmour: If there are no races, there's no “métissage”!
- Rokhaya Diallo: Well, no, because maybe it’s the second type that you were talking about... [She is referring to the “métissage” of cultures]
- Eric Zemmour: So there is no problem in that case!
- Rokhaya Diallo: No, because you are talking about the two types of “métissage”, so perhaps the second type exists.
- Eric Zemmour: Yes, the second...
- Isabelle Giordano and Eric Zemmour together: Because for you Rokhaya, races do not exist?
- Rokhaya Diallo: No, well, I...
- Vincent Cespedes: Nor do they exist for scientists.
- Isabelle Giordano: We’re listening to her... [The meaning of the French text is not entirely clear.]
- Eric Zemmour: What interests me in this story – I’ll be quick, is that I have the feeling that the consecration of races during the period of the Nazis and before has been replaced by a denial of the existence of races. And to me, one is as ridiculous as the other. What do you mean they don’t exist? You can clearly see that they do exist!
- Rokhaya Diallo: But how can you tell? I don’t understand what you are seeing...
- Eric Zemmour: Well, skin color, quite simply...
- Rokhaya Diallo: And so according to you, skin color means that I belong to a race different from yours?
- Eric Zemmour: Of course you do! No, but... that you would rediscover...
- Rokhaya Diallo: Oh well, this is interesting...
- Eric Zemmour: It’s obvious, I belong to the white race, you to the black race!
- Rokhaya Diallo: No. I belong to the French community and...
- Vincent Cespedes: Maybe that reassures you, Eric. Does that reassure you to belong to the white race!
Acrimed, a French Media Watch website, comments:
Consistent in his denunciation of everything that threatens virile France, these scandalous remarks from Eric Zemmour are not, in his case, a blunder, but the logical outcome of a career dedicated to the restoration of “eternal” France, i.e., white, phallocratic and heterocentric.
While anti-racism may be “the Communism of the 21st century” (in the words of Alain Finkielkraut), the French have taken the whole thing a step further by insisting that there is no such thing as race itself. But, folks, if there is no such thing as race, then there can be no such thing as racism. When it suits the Left to denigrate the white man, there is certainly such a thing as race – who colonized the poor blacks and Vietnamese, and Maghrebins, if not WHITE MAN? When it does not suit the Left to speak of race, then there is no such thing.
Eric Zemmour is a rarity among rarities: a journalist who speaks openly about Islam, race, immigration, the harmful consequences of the feminist movement, and other taboo subjects. In a recent interview in the monthly magazine Le Choc du Mois, not available online, Zemmour spoke of immigration. Joachim Véliocas’ website Islamisation reported about the interview:
Eric Zemmour, questioned exclusively on the phenomenon of migrations and their consequences, was not afraid to affirm: “What is happening is a demographic tsunami.” He also revealed the confidential remarks of a minister, unnamed, who confided in him that “We are witnessing the end of the Roman Empire.” [...]
In addition, Zemmour declared himself in agreement with a quote from General de Gaulle:
“It is good that there are yellow, black and brown Frenchmen. They show that France is open to all races and that her mission is universal. But on the condition that they remain a small minority. Otherwise, France would not be France. We are above all a European people of the white race, of Greco-Latin culture, and of the Christian religion [...] Do you believe that the French body can absorb ten million Muslims, who will perhaps become 20 million tomorrow and 40 million after that? If we allow integration, if all the Arabs and Berbers of Algeria were considered as Frenchmen, what would prevent them from coming and settling on the continent where the standard of living is so much higher? My village would no longer be called Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, but Colombey-les-Deux-Mosquées!”
These famous words were uttered by de Gaulle in 1959.
What few admit openly (although Zemmour clearly hints at it) is that France is being conquered, not merely immigrated to. And so there will not be assimilation of foreigners into the French population, but the reverse – the partial assimilation (through rape and intermarriage), and the partial integration through ghettoization, of the French population into a foreign population.
The two cartoons above were posted at Le Conservateur who does a great job of keeping up with satirical journalism, especially illustrations. The cartoonist is Monsieur le Chien (Mr. Dog), and these are among his last postings, since it seems he will be discontinuing his website.
The cartoon at the left reads:
So, as I was saying, in France we are all racists. (Except for singers and television).
- I wonder if in foreign countries they are as racist as we are...
- No, I don't think so, seeing as how they're not French.
The cartoon at the right reads:
Unfortunately for us 60 million racists, we are a bit harassed by television.
- I propose a TV series where a girl from Cameroon goes to live in a village and finds she's the target of the villagers' racism, but at the end they see she is OK.
- Yeah, super great idea. They're often racists in the villages. Not like us in the cities.
The big 2 refers to French TV Channel 2.