In recent weeks, French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as other French officials have lost no time on blaming most (if not all) of France’s problems on various reasons.
These include, but are not limited to: Islamists, Turkey, Russia, Pakistan, Russian journalists, French pogromists, the post-colonial past.
Notably, a misguided policy of “rescuing” terrorists and these same “former terrorists” organizing “terror attacks” remains unmentioned.
The questionable leadership that led to months of protests in 2019, is also unmentioned.
Regardless, below are some of the complaints by French official in the weeks leading up to November 23rd.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has demanded that Pakistani Human Rights Minister Shirin Mazari stop comparing the French President to the Nazis.
The French authorities called the Pakistani official’s statements that Macron’s actions towards Muslims in France resembled what the Nazis did with Jews “shocking” and “offensive”.
The French Foreign Ministry strongly condemned such comparisons and called on Pakistan to immediately “correct” the statements of its minister.
This covered the “Pakistan” above.
Now, for the “Russia” and “Turkey”.
French President Emmanuel Macron condemned, as he put it, “the strategy pursued by Russia and Turkey to incite anti-French sentiment in Africa.” The French leader said this in an interview with the Jeune Afrique newspaper.
According to Macron, “a strategy is at work, sometimes led by African leaders, but primarily by foreign powers such as Russia or Turkey, which are playing on post-colonial resentment.”
“We shouldn’t be naive. Many of those who make the video, who are present in the French-language media, are sponsored by Russia or Turkey.”
The pesky “Russian journalists” next. Not so much French, as French journalists working for “the enemy” – RT.
French police during a demonstration in Paris against the law “On global security”, which prohibits filming police officers, threatened to bring RT France journalist Mériem Laribi to justice.
Police in Paris threatened to bring RT France journalist to justice
After the crowd began to disperse from the Trocadero square, the journalist RT France witnessed the arrest of a woman. The journalist showed her “press” ID, while she did not take pictures.
Then she began filming from a decent distance, without interfering with the work of the police, but a policeman approached her and threatened to bring to justice.
“If you do not leave within 30 seconds, you will be arrested, that is the order,” he said.
Macron wanting to counter “extremism” as the premiere issue of France.
French President Emmanuel Macron proposed to the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM) within 15 days to adopt a charter of republican values, including a strict separation of religion from the state and school, specially prepared by the government in the framework of curbing Islamic extremism.
Muslim leaders in France have agreed to establish a National Council of Imams, whose members will receive official accreditation to preach. In the event of a violation of the terms, this accreditation may be revoked.
The charter says Islam is a religion, not a political movement. It also prohibits any foreign interference in the activities of Muslim communities.
On November 18th, at the Elysee Palace, President Macron and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen met with eight CFCM leaders.
“Two principles will be written in black and white [in the charter]: renunciation of politicized Islam and any foreign interference,” a government source told Le Parisien after the meeting.
The meeting also agreed on the formation of the National Council of Imams.
President Macron also announced new measures to tackle what he calls Islamic separatism in France. These will include, among others:
- Restrictions on homeschooling and harsher penalties for those who intimidate government officials under the guise of religion;
- Assigning an ID number to each child to make sure they are attending school. Homeschooling, currently allowed in France, will be banned from next school year. Parents will face punishment up to six months in prison and heavy fines for violation;
- The prohibition on the dissemination of personal data in a way that allows strangers to find a person and harm him.
“We must protect our children from the clutches of the Islamists,” Gerald Darmanin commented on the new bill to Le Figaro on Wednesday. The bill will be discussed at a meeting of the French cabinet on December 9th.
This also appears somewhat in line with Pakistan’s accusation that Macron is treating Muslims similarly to how a Nazi treated Jews back in the day. He stopped short of some sort of marking, mostly cause an ID number is more than enough. Needless to say who else used such a system.
The “pogromists” – a word made popular by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
It is fashionable to have pogromists now, and counter them effectively.
In Paris, a rally held at the National Assembly building on Boulevard Saint-Germain then led to violent clashes, the police used tear gas and water cannons, more than thirty people were detained, 10 were injured.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen then condemned the actions of the “pogromists”, accusing them of exerting “unacceptable pressure” on the deputies considering the law. “We live in a democracy, parliamentarians cannot act under pressure,” the minister said.
At the same time, “deep concern” about the new law has already been expressed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to which French human rights activists have applied. Claire Edon, the chief ombudsman of France (Défenseur des droits), also spoke out against the adoption of a measure banning the dissemination of images of law enforcement officers, urging not to accept Article 24. declare that they will keep this measure.
The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs assured that she was only called to “protect the police and gendarmes” (who in recent years have increasingly become victims of attacks), but “in no case” to limit the right to freedom of speech.
And this came nearly 4 months after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko proposed to mediate the situation between Macron and the Muslims and solve the issue.
After all, “the last dictator” in Europe can’t know anything in order to peacefully coexist with Muslims. And what the French government is doing appears to be working swimmingly.
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