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      Mosques Targeted in France’s Rising Islamophobic Vandalism

      Right wing vandals have targeted several mosques across France in recent months.

      Safaa Kasraoui Nov. 23, 2021 1:20 p.m.

      Mosques Targeted in France’s Rising Islamophobic Vandalism. Photo ER /Ludovic LAUDE

      Rabat - France is witnessing an alarming increase in acts of Islamophobia against mosques across the country.

      French news outlet EST Republican reported that two mosques in Besancon were vandalized during the night from Friday to Saturday last week.

      The attackers used red paint to draw the crosses of Lorraine on the walls of the mosques.

      The Lorraine cross symbolizes French resistance to Nazi occupation in the 1940s.

      The news outlet said that the unidentified vandalizers also targeted some cars parked near the mosques.

      Tahar Belhadji, the spokesperson for the Saint-Claude mosque denounced the Islamophobic acts, saying that they cause concerns among the Muslim community.

      “We hear everything and anything about Islam right now, through some media and some politicians who are arguing about our religion. They are sowing fear among our fellow citizens,” he warned.

      Several mosques have witnessed similar Islamophobic acts in recent weeks and months.

      Earlier this month, the Coordination Committee of Turkish Muslims in France condemned Islamophobic acts that targeted mosques in the small cities of Montelbon, Pontarlier, and Roubaix.

      Unknown people painted the Cross of Lorraine around the mosques, sparking fear in the Muslim community.

      The mayor of Pontellier went to the vandalized mosque in his city to stand in solidarity with the city’s Muslim community, according to France 3.

      “We cannot accept that. We must respect each other. It is totally intolerable, unspeakable,” the mayor said of the acts of vandalism.

      The French local official also denounced the use of the Cross of Lorraine.

      “ It is a symbol of the resistance movement against Nazi occupation. It is very inappropriate to use the cross of Lorraine to mark opposition to Islam.”


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      Citaat Oorspronkelijk geplaatst door knuppeltje Bekijk Berichten

      En dan is Zemmour nog wel van Algerijns-joodse afkomst en leefde tussen de Berbers.
      He never did, he was born here. His parents did. And most Pieds-Noirs (French and Jews kicked out of Algeria) vote for the National Front.

      The thug. Today. Marseille.


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      Citaat Oorspronkelijk geplaatst door Samir75017 Bekijk Berichten
      He never did, he was born here.

      Bedankt voor de correctie. In een docu die ik een tijd geleden heb gezien werd dat zover ik me kan herinneren wel gesteld. Ik zal toen wel niet goed hebben geluisterd. Mea culpa.
      'Wij zitten niet op de Westelijke Jordaanoever vanwege veiligheid of economische belangen. Wij zitten in Hebron, in Nablus, in alle nederzettingen vanwege een rabijnse messianistische ideologie. Wij willen de wereld graag doen geloven dat Israël Tel Aviv is. Dat klopt niet, oh nee. Hebron met z'n fanatieke religieuze kolonisten, is ook Israël, en hun macht groeit.' (Avraham Burg, voormalig voorzitter van het Israëlische parlement.)

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      Three Islamist federations backtrack, and join the "Charter of the principles of Islam of France”



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      Sunday 26 December 2021 - 10:57

      Three federations announced Saturday their decision to sign the “Charter of the principles of Islam of France,” a text amended by the French government as a “perfectible compromise” to the practice of Islam in the Republic.

      “By this solemn act we invite in all fraternity all the member federations of the CFCM (he French Council of the Muslim Faith) to come together within this unique body which is and will remain our common home, we are convinced of it,” said the Turkish federations of the Coordinating Committee of Turkish Muslims in France (CCMTF) and Millî Görüs as well as the Faith and Practice movement, close to the rigorist preachers of the Tabligh, in a joint statement.

      The charter of the principles of Islam, which outlaws “interference” by foreign states and supports the “compatibility” of Islam with the French Republic, especially in terms of gender equality, was initialed in January 2021, by five of the nine federations of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) following the state’s demand.

      French President Emmanuel Macron hailed the chart as a “clear and precise commitment in favor of the Republic.”

      The three federations had initially refused to sign the chart back in January, because of “certain declarations contained in the charter that attack the honor of Muslims, with an accusatory and marginalizing character,” they said in a statement.

      However, their new decision, to join the charters’ signatures, came after instrumentalizing their “expressed divergence to raise the climate of harmful division to Muslims in France,” they write as they added that their initiative is intended to “free oneself from a responsibility which is unfairly attributed to us.”


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      France: Islamophobic Campaign Continues Targetting Mosques

      The decision comes as part of France's Ministry of the Interior’s campaign to shut down 'anti-Republic' mosques and NGOs.

      Issam Toutate Jan. 13, 2022 1:27 p.m.

      France: Islamophobic Campaign Continues Targetting Mosques

      France’s Minister of Interior, Gerald Dermanin, announced the ministry shut down Al Madina Al Mounawara Mosque in Cannes in the Alpes-Maritimes region on January 12 for promoting "anti-Semitic remarks."

      Talking to the French TV channel CNews, Darmanin said the closure of the mosque comes as a response to its "support for the CCIF (Collective against Islamophobia in France) and BarakaCity."

      French outlet France Tv Info reported the Cannes town hall said that the "decision comes after a meticulous work of research of the services of the State and multiple reports made directly by the municipality of Cannes since 2015."

      The prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes said in an earlier statement that he launched a procedure "to consider the administrative closure of the mosque Al Madina al Mounawara for a period of two months, under Article 36- 3 of the Act of December 9, 1905.

      The prefecture confirmed the information of the Cannes city hall and the Minister of the Interior, adding that the mosque "multiplies hateful remarks towards France, its institutions and its laws on the one hand."

      Similar to what other regions did to mosques, Alpes-Maritimes prefecture also accused Al Madina Al Mounawara Mosque of "holding remarks inciting hatred towards homosexuals or transsexuals on the other hand and finally showing an explicit anti-Semitic hatred." He added "ambiguous behaviors have been maintained with individuals belonging to the radical Islamist movement and who are committed to pro-jihadist theses."

      This decision is part of France’s crackdown on the perceived proliferation of radical and extremist mosques and Islamic organizations.

      The French prefecture of Oise announced on December 27, 2021, the official temporary closure of the Great Mosque of Beauvais, according to the French outlet Le Parisien.

      Amid a political climate where politicians are competing to be combative against Muslims to win votes, France has been raiding Islamic organizations and mosques since the horrific attacks against Samuel Paty in 2020 and Charlie Hebdo’s former office.


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      France’s Islamophobia: Targeting the Muslim Minority to Win Votes

      French politicians have been targeting Muslims and Islamic organizations to garner votes in the upcoming presidential elections.

      Issam Toutate Jan. 14, 2022 2:16 p.m.

      France’s Islamophobia: Targeting the Muslim Minority to Win Votes

      Ahead of France’s presidential elections and amid an accelerated campaign against mosques and Islamic NGOs, the president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), Mohamed Moussaoui, has taken issue with what he called “latent racism” and “electoral debates” too “centered” on Islam, according to French outlet Le Figaro.

      Moussaoui rebuked the central focus on Islam in electoral campaigns and warned of “harmful intermixtures” to the French national unity.

      The CFCM president decried the “misuse” of the Muslim faith and religious practices “by extremists,” calling for vigilance within the French community “to protect each other.”

      He questioned why electoral debates are centered on Islam “as if it were the source of all [France’s] difficulties and all evils.” Moussaoui argued that targeting Muslims under the pretext of fighting extremism and protecting the republic creates “walls between the citizens and division in our country.”

      Regrettably, the CFCM’s president considered that the focus on Islam during political electoral campaigns is “a call to get rid of Muslims in France.”

      Moussaoui lamented the recurrent attacks on Islam and Muslims “hidden beneath the acceptable outward appearance of freedom of expression, [which] is manifesting itself more and more openly.”

      He also encourages "men and women aspiring to the management of our country's public affairs to stay calm and avoid everything that can cause confusion, amalgamations, and risks of stigmatization detrimental to our unity and national cohesion."

      Islamophobia in France: general timeline

      Amid a political climate of politicians competing to be combative against Muslims to win votes, France has been raiding Islamic organizations and mosques since the horrific attacks against Samuel Paty in 2020 and Charlie Hebdo’s former office.

      An 18-year-old refugee from Chechnya heinously beheaded history teacher Samuel Paty, who made some ironic comments on the caricatures of the prophet Muhammad while lecturing on freedom of speech in his class.

      In the same year, a stabbing attack occurred near the former Charlie Hebdo office in apparent retribution to the republishing of controversial caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. In September 2020, the satirical weekly magazine republished the caricatures, originally published in 2015, and retriggered condemnation and rage among Muslims.

      Prophet Muhammad is a sacred symbol in Islamic culture. Depictions of him are unacceptable according to Islamic customs.

      Islamophobic comments created frustration and panic among the Muslim community, who had reacted with shock to the beheading.

      Amid soaring Islamophobia, French President Emmanuel Macron in 2019 signed a bill targeting “religious separatism.” The measure responded to ongoing tensions in the European country over Islam. Its stated goal was to remove extremist ideology from schools, public services, and associations.

      The bill did not mention Islam as its obvious target, yet French Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin said the bill would halt “an Islamist hostile takeover” adding to already surging Islamophobia in France.

      The Muslim community in the European country faced “pre-crime” arrests. A video that went viral online showed police harassing Muslims on baseless suspicions of extremism.

      France’s Ministry of the Interior has shut down several mosques and dissolved Islamic organizations. However, Muslims did not stand idly by and took to the streets protesting the surge of Islamophobia and Macron’s problematic bill.

      Politicizing Islamophobia to garner votes

      Ahead of the 2022 elections, politicians have been intensifying their Islamophobic focus to garner popularity by scapegoating a minority population amid increasing economic hardships for lower and middle-class sections of French society.

      It has become a trend to use the shielded ideology of “great displacement” to target minorities, Muslims, and migrants to garner votes.

      It started first with the far-right’s Marine Le Pen, whose anti-semitism and now Islamophobia have been regarded as extreme. But with her gaining popularity in the last polls, centrists are now adopting her xenophobic ideology.

      Paty’s decapitation by a Chechen refugee created fertile ground for attendees of Le Pen’s National Rally to further amplify their Islamophobic ideology. The far-right increased its political activity after the horrific attack, using the horrific outlier event to harass all refugees.

      Experts perceive Le Pen's achievement in the 2021 polls as a result of her Islamophobic amplification. Now, centrist politicians are adopting her flagrant ideology targeting the Muslim minority as means to win more votes.

      Gerald Darmanin has ordered raids on Muslim minorities, closed mosques, and dissolved Muslim non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He even labeled sympathizers with victims of Islamophobic attacks as “enemies of the Republic.”

      The controversial new representative of France’s extreme right, Eric Zemmour, has joined the Islamophobic campaign. The pundit established himself as an anti-Islamic and anti-migration politician. He repeatedly expressed a fear of immigration, calling to curb it before France becomes an Islamic Republic.

      Zemmour stressed that if elected, he will ban the name “Mohamed.” This move mirrors the recent ‘anti-separatism’ bill proposed by Le Pen to ban minors from wearing hijab.

      As Islamophobic propaganda is filling the French political scene and mainstream media, democracy in the Republic of France is at stake. Islamophobic ideology triggers social instability for the Muslim community in France, while falsely creating commonality among other voter groups.


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      French senators vote to ban hijab in sports competitions

      The amendment proposed by a right-wing group was adopted with 160 votes to 143.


      A woman walks past a dummy covered with a veil at a stand [File: Bertrand Guay/AFP]

      19 Jan 2022

      The French Senate has voted in favour of banning the wearing of hijabs in sports competitions, arguing that neutrality is a requirement on the field of play.

      The French upper legislative house voted late on Tuesday in favour of amending a proposed law stipulating that the wearing “of conspicuous religious symbols is prohibited” to take part in events and competitions organised by sports federations.

      In their text, senators clearly said the amendment aims at banning “the wearing of the veil in sports competitions”. They added that headscarves can put at risk the safety of athletes wearing them when they practise their discipline.

      The amendment, proposed by the right-wing group Les Republicains and opposed by the French government, was adopted with 160 votes in favour and 143 against. A commission composed of members from the Senate and the lower house should now gather to find a compromise on the text before it is published, meaning the amendment can still be erased.

      It is unclear whether the ban would be implemented for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The Olympic organising committee did not immediately answer a request for comment.



      The vote came a year after legislators in the French Parliament’s lower house approved a bill to strengthen oversight of mosques, schools and sports clubs in a bid to safeguard France from “radical Islamists” and to promote “respect for French values” – one of President Emmanuel Macron’s landmark projects.

      France has been hit by several attacks in recent years. But critics also see the law as a political ploy to lure the right wing to Macron’s centrist party ahead of this year’s presidential election.

      In their amendment, senators said every citizen is free to exercise his or her religion, but insisted that one should refrain from putting forward their differences.

      “Today, there is legal uncertainty about the wearing of religious symbols, and it is necessary for the state to clearly define the rules,” the amendment voted by senators read. “If the wearing of the veil is not explicitly forbidden, we could see the emergence of community sports clubs promoting certain religious signs.”

      The French football federation already bans women from wearing the hijab in official matches, as well as at competitions it organises.




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      Hijab Ban at Sports Events Stirs Uproar in France

      This is not the first instance of French lawmakers controversially targeting the hijab.

      Safaa Kasraoui Jan. 20, 2022 12:26 p.m.

      Hijab Ban at Sports Events Stirs Uproar in France

      Rabat - The French Senate’s decision to ban the wearing of the hijab (Muslim veil) at sports event has sparked controvery and uproar among France’s Muslims and commenters from around the world.

      On Tuesday, the French senate ruled the prohibition of the wearing of “conspicuous religious symbols” in sports competitions. Particularly targeting the Muslim veil, the amendment claimed that the hijab can put the safety of athletes wearing it at risk.

      It is still not confirmed whether the ban will be applied during the 2024 Paris Olympics.

      The decision instantly sparked a popular backlash, with critics taking to social media to lash out at the French government and cast doubt on France’s commitment to its self-perception as the “land of Liberty.”

      Commenting on the ban, TV presenter Samia Mohsin described it as an act of “exclusion and discrimination.”

      The journalist emphasized that “Islamophobia is not the answer!” to France’s crisis of identity.

      “Liberté? Or exclusion & discrimination? Senators in #France voted in favour of #HijabBan in #sports,” she tweeted. “The amendment was proposed by right-wing Les Republicains & opposed by the French government. #Islamophobia is not the answer.” she wrote in a tweet.

      Another Twitter user slammed France for its decision to pick on Islam and Islamic symbols while ignoring more critical challenges facing thecountry.

      “Of all urgencies facing France, the Senat has decided to ban the Muslim hijab in sports. It will be on the majority of the French to decide what matters, food on the table a future for their kids, or constant islamodiversion and a sense of superiority twds their Muslim neighbors,” the tweet reads.

      Another commenter suggested that a decision like the banning of the hijab will make the situation “worse” for Muslim women in France.

      “France already banned the niqab & prohibits mothers wearing hijab from accompanying their children on school trips. France knows they can get away w/ this without any repercussions,” she wrote.

      Several similar controversies emerged in recent months after French MPs showed hostility toward women wearing hijab in the parliament.

      In 2020, MPs left a parliament meeting over a student wearing a hijab.

      In 2019, some MPs provoked a similar outrage for asking a Muslim woman to remove her veil while taking part in a plenary meeting of the Regional Council of Burgundy-Franch-Comte.

      The woman was accompanying her son on a school trip to explore the mission of the “democratic assembly.” She left the room with her son after the argument, with the boy crying after witnessing MPs verbally attack his mother.


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      Darmanin Describes Muslim-Rights Organization as ‘Foreign Influence by Islam’

      The recurrent targeting of mosques and Islamic organizations is centered around politically-popular Islamophobia.

      Issam Toutate Jan. 21, 2022 5:33 p.m.

      Darmanin Describes Muslim-Rights Organization as ‘Foreign Influence by Islam’/ Photo credit: franceinfo/screenshot

      Fez - The French government intends to replace the country’s largest Muslim-rights organization with one free from “foreign influence” amid a crackdown on Islamic organizations in France.

      French Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin announced on January 20 that the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) would be replaced by a new religious representation organization.

      "This is the end of foreign influence by Islam in France," Darmanin claimed.

      In an interview with Franceinfo, the minister noted that the CFCM was established "to structure France's Islam," but that it would have revealed its limitations.

      Darmanin believes that France is being subjected to "very significant foreign state intervention, which we cannot accept." The Islamic body, he claimed, was organized around "national federations: Algerians, Moroccans, Tunisians, Comorians, and Turks."

      Darmanin has confirmed that the Forum of the Islam of France (FORIF) will replace the CFCM in early February.

      He "invited all those who wish to organize Islam [in France] to organize," the event, adding that "the state is not responsible of doing so."

      "We wish to allow the means of this organization for chaplaincies, to look at anti-religious acts, for the constitution of imams in each of the mosques, to fight against separatism."

      "Women will be represented," Darmanin said of the next conference, "since there are women imams or women religious leaders of Islam today who are never represented in the CFCM."

      CFCM's Chairman Mohamed Moussaoui previously lamented the recurrent attacks on Islam and Muslims “hidden beneath the acceptable outward appearance of freedom of expression, [which] is manifesting itself more and more openly.”

      Darmanin pointed out that Moussaoui's mandate expired on January 19 without a deal in place to identify a replacement, even on a temporary basis.

      On December 12, 2021, Darmanin classified the CFCM as a "dead" organization. The French minister made the remarks while appearing as a guest on LCI's Sunday political show, Le Grand Jury.

      He clarified that the government considers that the CFCM is no longer capable of performing its functions in the same manner as before.

      The statements are part of Damranin's ongoing campaign against Islamic groups.

      Since December 2020, the French Interior Minister has initiated a vast surveillance operation targeting various mosques and Islamic organizations, with several of them being shut down or dissolved.



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      Frankrijk ziet overal het spook van ‘woke’ en ‘islamolinks’

      Frankrijk In aanloop naar de Franse presidentsverkiezingen van april zet vooral politiek rechts zich hard af tegen het ‘islamolinkse’ gevaar, dat mede via het onderwijs de Republiek zou bedreigen.

      Gert Van Langendonck 21 januari 2022

      Demonstratie op 16 januari in Lyon. Foto Robert DEYRAIL

      Zo stelde schrijver Michel Houellebecq zich in zijn politieke roman Soumission (Onderwerping, 2015) de Franse presidentsverkiezingen van 2022 voor: De kandidaat van de partij van de Moslimbroederschap breekt door tot de tweede ronde, waarop alle traditionele partijen hun kiezers oproepen op deze Mohammed Ben Abbes te stemmen, om toch maar de kandidaat van het rechts-radicale Front National uit het Elysée te houden. President Ben Abbes verliest geen tijd met het islamiseren van de Franse samenleving: de hoofddoek wordt verplicht, vrouwen mogen niet meer werken, polygamie wordt gelegaliseerd, de sharia ingevoerd. Dit alles gefinancierd met petrodollars uit het Midden-Oosten.

      Houellebecq heeft de reputatie visionair te zijn. In Sérotonine voorspelde hij de gele hesjes-opstand. Plateforme, gepubliceerd vlak voor de aanslagen van 11 september 2001, eindigt met een terreuraanslag door moslimextremisten. Soumission kwam uit op de dag van de aanslag tegen Charlie Hebdo. Filosoof Alain Finkielkraut noemde Houellebecqs toekomstvisie in Soumission destijds „plausibel”.

      Alleen: drie maanden voor de echte presidentsverkiezingen van 2022 is de realiteit bijna het tegenovergestelde van wat Houellebecq in 2015 had bedacht. Er is geen kandidaat van de Moslimbroederschap, er is in Frankrijk helemaal geen islamitische partij. En de race naar het Elysée wordt geheel gedomineerd door rechts, waarbij de kandidaten om het hardst roepen hoe anti-migratie en islamkritisch ze wel niet zijn.

      Een gesluierde Marianne

      In zijn nieuwe roman Anéantir, te vertalen als ‘te gronde richten’ die zich afspeelt tegen de achtergrond van de presidentsverkiezingen van 2027, is Houellebecq voorzichtiger. Wie er in 2027 wint, komt de lezer niet te weten. Wel wie er in 2022 heeft gewonnen. Dat is niet Mohammed Ben Abbes maar een herverkozen Emmanuel Macron, ook al wordt die niet met naam genoemd.

      Los van Houellebecqs kwaliteiten als schrijver kan zijn Soumission ook gezien worden als de literaire vertaling van de manier waarop rechtse tijdschriften in Frankrijk al decennialang waarschuwen voor het gevaar dat ‘de moslims’ Frankrijk gaan inpalmen.

      Gangmaker was de cover van Le Figaro Magazine van 26 oktober 1985. We zien een gesluierde Marianne, en de kop: ‘Zullen wij binnen dertig jaar nog Frans zijn?’

      Schrijver Jean Raspail mocht uitleggen dat als alle vreemdelingen van niet-Europese afkomst in 2015 gaan stemmen, „zij de grootste partij van Frankrijk zullen zijn. Op geheel democratische wijze zullen zij onze dorpen, wijken, steden en regio’s inpalmen, daarbij vrijwel zeker gemanipuleerd door buitenlandse krachten, politieke dan wel religieuze.”

      En toenmalig hoofdredacteur Louis Pauwels waarschuwde dat Frankrijk in 2015 maatregelen zou moeten nemen om de nationale identiteit te beschermen „waarvoor een deel van de wereld ons zal veroordelen zoals wij vandaag (het apartheidsregime) in Pretoria veroordelen”.

      Zover is het niet gekomen, maar 36 jaar later beheersen migratie en de islam meer dan ooit het nationale debat in Frankrijk.

      De rol van satan

      Dat is begrijpelijk. Frankrijk heeft sinds 2015 een aanzienlijk aantal terreuraanslagen gehad, en lijkt voor jihadisten de rol van de grote satan te hebben overgenomen van de Verenigde Staten.

      Opmerkelijk is wel dat het debat over het ‘islamisme’ de afgelopen anderhalf jaar verweven is geraakt met dat over het ‘wokisme’.

      ‘Woke’ of ‘wokisme’ is een slecht gedefinieerde term die als paraplu wordt gebruikt voor anti-racisme, dekolonialisme, transgenderrechten en de kritische rassentheorie, die de maatschappij bekijkt door de bril van het institutioneel racisme. Met islamisme wordt de politieke islam bedoeld, meestal de uit Egypte afkomstige Moslimbroederschap. Omdat men in Frankrijk vreest dat mensen die de politieke islam aanhangen zich buiten de samenleving plaatsen, wordt dit ook aangeduid als separatisme.

      Een ander, specifiek Frans begrip verbindt de twee debatten: ‘islamo-gauchisme’ (islamolinks). Deze term omschreef oorspronkelijk hoe politiek links en aanhangers van islamistische partijen zoals Hezbollah en Hamas elkaar vonden in de pro-Palestijnse betogingen in Frankrijk in het begin van deze eeuw. Hij suggereert nu een alliantie tussen links en de islamisten, en een vermeende laksheid van links ten opzichte van het gevaar van het islamisme.

      Vooral de rechtse media in Frankrijk zijn geobsedeerd door het fenomeen ‘woke’ en al zijn afgeleiden, en het is opnieuw Le Figaro Magazine dat de dans leidt.

      Het is in Frankrijk hard zoeken naar iemand die ‘gecanceld’ is geweest

      ‘Woke’, zo schrijft het tijdschrift in april 2021, is niet langer een fenomeen in de radicaal-linkse marge. „Het is aanwezig in het hart van onze instellingen, in onze grote ondernemingen, in de culturele wereld en in de schoolboeken. Er gaat geen dag voorbij zonder dat de ayatollahs van het politiek correcte de vrijheid van meningsuiting proberen te schaden.”

      Voor het Franse publiek moet het soms moeilijk zijn om het debat te volgen. Volgens een peiling uit maart 2021 heeft slechts 14 procent van de Fransen het woord ‘woke’ al eens horen vallen, en weet slechts 6 procent wat het betekent.

      Nu is wokisme overal ter wereld onderwerp van fel debat. Maar daar waar men in Nederland nog kan verwijzen naar voorbeelden van doorgeschoten wokisme (zoals de controverse over de vertaling van het gedicht The hill we climb van Amanda Gorman door Marieke Lucas Rijneveld) is het in Frankrijk echt heel hard zoeken naar iemand die ‘gecanceld’ is geweest.

      Zeker, er was vorig jaar de affaire van de leerkracht Duits in Grenoble die had geweigerd om islamofobie op een lijn te plaatsen met racisme en antisemitisme, en die eind december is geschorst (volgens de school omdat zijn uitspraken in de media schade hebben berokkend aan het instituut, niet wegens zijn ideeën). En er was ophef over het opnemen van het genderneutrale voornaamwoord ‘iel’ in woordenboek Le Petit Robert.

      Maar verder verwijzen heel veel artikelen over wokisme in Frankrijk naar het zo nu en dan organiseren door de linkse studentenvakbond Unef van vergaderingen waarvoor blanke mannen niet zijn uitgenodigd. (Bijvoorbeeld omdat vrouwen van kleur er onder elkaar over racisme willen praten.)

      ‘Het nieuwe totalitarisme’


      Dat weerhoudt Franse politici er niet van om met overgave op de kar van het anti-wokisme te springen. Begin januari gaf Onderwijsminister Jean-Michel Blanquer de introductie van een colloquium aan de Sorbonne-universiteit over de gevaren van het wokisme.

      Superlatieven werden daar niet geschuwd. Het wokisme is ‘het nieuwe totalitarisme’, ‘een oorlogsmachine tegen de westerse beschaving’, ‘een vorm van intellectueel terrorisme’ en tegelijk verwant aan het stalinisme, het nazisme en het islamisme.

      Socioloog François Dubet omschreef het colloquium achteraf als „Mccarthyisme soft”, verwijzend naar de anti-communistische heksenjacht van de jaren vijftig in de Verenigde Staten. De verslaggevers van het linkse tijdschrift Le Nouvel Obs vatten het twee dagen durende debat als volgt samen: „Racisme bestaat niet, de gelijkheid tussen man en vrouw is helemaal geregeld en het kolonialisme was achteraf beschouwd niet zo’n slechte zaak.”

      Dat Onderwijsminister Blanquer de introductie gaf is niet zo gek. In oktober vorig jaar had hij al de oorlog verklaard aan het wokisme op Franse scholen. „Nee, ik ben niet geobsedeerd door het wokisme”, zei Blanquer daarover, „ik ben gewoon tegen het idee dat onze jongeren hun sociaal leven moeten beginnen in een soort competitie over wie het meest gegriefd is”.

      Blanquers collega voor hoger onderwijs Frédérique Vidal had eerder al de kat de bel aangebonden door te eisen dat het onderzoeksinstituut CNRS een onderzoek zou instellen naar de invloed van het islamo-gauchisme aan de Franse universiteiten. Datzelfde CNRS sloeg meteen terug met een communiqué waarin het islamo-gauchisme werd omschreven als „een politieke slogan” die geen enkele basis heeft in de werkelijkheid.

      De kwestie verdeelt de Franse academische wereld nog steeds. Een honderdtal academici ondertekende een manifest in Le Monde (Le Manifeste des Cent) waarin zij de zorgen van Vidal over het islamo-gauchisme onderschreven. Zeshonderd andere wetenschappers, onder wie de bekende econoom Thomas Piketty, sloegen terug met een eigen manifest in Le Monde waarin zij minister Vidal beschuldigden van het organiseren van een ‘heksenjacht’ en haar ontslag eisten.
      'One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived'

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