Il n’y a pas de culture Française. “There is no such thing as French culture”, president of France, Emmanuel Macron.
I’m sure it took you a while to comprehend the schizophrenic nature of this utterance by a president of the Republic. Once a proud nation.
Mr. Macron made this comment to the left-wing newspaper Liberation, whose title in this context surely invokes a sense of irony.
The president strives for an ‘inclusive’ culture and therefore does not want to exclude anyone. Or as he phrases it himself: “There is culture in France and it is diverse and multiple. And I will not exclude from this culture, certain authors or musicians or artists, on the pretext that they supposedly come from elsewhere.”
I leave to you whom and what Mr. Macron meant by ‘they whom supposedly come from elsewhere’.
And it does sound nice, to be inclusive, doesn’t it? Nobody wants to be ‘exclusive’, or God forbid, xenophobic.
But how ‘inclusive’ is Mr. Macron willing to be? Is he willing to make the values of the Republic negotiable? Is he willing to engage in cultural relativism, arguing that other values are to be appreciated equally? Or does he secretly know which values are superior? And if he does, then why does he not defend the values of the Republic against any values that are in clear contradiction?
Unfortunately not just politicians from France have decided to give up on themselves, and their history. Politicians from all over the continent have thrown in the towel and walked off to the bar. They won’t live to see the consequences of their pacifism. And are rich enough to avoid seeing the harm they do.
The failure of European leaders to defend all that this great continent has produced, fostered and nurtured along the veil of years is described impeccably by Douglas Murray in his newest book The Strange Death of Europe.
I care about France. The wonderful contributions its people have bought to humanity are unique. Think of Sartre, Foucault, Descartes, Voltaire.
And because I care I hope to leave you with a thought. By who else, but Churchill as said in September of 1936. Still applicable today:
“For good and ill the French people have been effectively masters in their own house, and have built as they chose upon the ruins of the old régime. They have done what they like. Their difficulty is to like what they have done.”