Éric Zemmour is a French author and journalist who has caused a lot of controversy in the past with his principled stance against mass immigration and Islamization. The French establishment seems determined to bring him down and end his career. The latest media frenzy directed at him was obviously conjured out of thin air, putting words into his mouth and condemning him for things he did not say.
The translator includes these background notes:
The TV chain where this interview was aired was RTL, the French BBC. Éric Zemmour had a daily editorial on this leftist taxpayer-funded chain. Then, in a heated discussion some two years ago, he said that “most of the inmates in prison are from Arab/sub-Saharan background and culture.”
He was factually right, and it was a heated discussion. He was taken to court by those fake “anti-racist” organisations, the main one of them in France taxpayer-funded. Ironically one of these serial litigants against Islam-critics is Jewish (as is Zemmour). He was convicted of something (all this from personal memory), but the amount he had to pay was only €100 instead of thousands they asked for. After this, he was more or less sacked from that channel. The same chain also reduced his weekly editorials from five days to one.
After this new false accusation and witch hunt against him, he was sacked (affiliated chain, but more conservative).
Éric Zemmour is a brilliant writer (even fiction). He is Jewish. He was born in the Maghreb, and grew up in the “problematic” areas of Paris which are now exclusively Arab/Muslim.
His big sin is: he is conservative. His deadly sin is: He sees Islamisation as bad for his country. He is fiercely protective of the France he loves — he is French first, Jewish second.
Ives Calvy, the interviewer: I ran into him a few years ago, when he was still quite objective. I told him: you are good, because I don’t even know if you are right or left. His partner whispered to me “He is certainly not of the right”, wink wink.
Today it’s obvious. I have stopped watching his nightly political round-table discussions, filled with leftist commentators.
Education Minister Jean-Luc Mélenchon: The Deadly enemy, a slimy [redacted]. He is the leader of the Communist Party, and says (literally) that his idea of happiness is to live with Arabs/Muslims etc. During the last elections he was the main adversary of Marine LePen. He is a dirty fighter, but she had him for breakfast.
He is now a has-been, but tries to slime where he can. He discovered the interview with Zemmour in Italian, and started this renewed media campaign against Zemmour. The hatred by the Left, ergo the Government, against Zemmour is violent. They want him dead, and not only metaphorically.
This campaign has gone nationwide. His latest book Le suicide Français – although a 500-page doorstopper and not an easy read — is the bestseller in France, hence the renewed and continued pack-attacks on Zemmour. Among other affronts he gets insulted (and was physically attacked) for being Jewish. I don’t know how he keeps going.
|00:00||More than ever we do not necessarily agree,|
|00:04||and today it’s a new polemic which surrounds you after your interview with|
|00:08||the Corriere della Sera. We will speak about|
|00:12||your book “The French Suicide”: have you, yes or no, spoken of|
|00:16||“deportation” to evoke the Muslims of France. The word “deportation”,|
|00:20||has it been said? It’s an extraordinary story. Not only was the word|
|00:24||“deportation” NOT pronounced by me (as reported), but it was not even|
|00:28||said by the Italian journalist recognised in “Le Figaro” (respected conservative Daily)|
|00:32||who said, “No; I had asked a longish question and had SUMMARIZED|
|00:36||my question with one word: ‘deportation’.” So I am accused of saying a word|
|00:40||which I did NOT pronounce. After that I was accused of not having contradicted|
|00:44||a word which had not even been said.|
|00:48||We have here a fantastic manipulation.|
|00:52||I am accused not of having said something, but of having thought it.|
|00:56||I insist: this idea which shocks us all is not your idea;|
|01:00||you don’t demand the departure of Muslims/Maghrebians from our country.|
|01:04||I “demand” nothing at all, you understand, it’s ridiculous.|
|01:08||There are French citizens;|
|01:12||one will not force French citizens to leave. Then there are|
|01:16||foreigners whom the state has the right to tell: ‘Now you go back home’. Between the two there is nothing.|
|01:20||Simple as that. What was the substance of what you meant to say? Because|
|01:24||you invoke this shock to civilisation, or in any case what you describe|
|01:28||as a ‘civil war in our country’. Indeed I think that the present situation|
|01:32||causes communities to freeze,|
|01:36||to harden, to separate on the territory of France.|
|01:40||It is a dramatic situation which will lead to the Lebanisation of France,|
|01:44||with the prospect of a civil war between communities that|
|01:48||have nothing to say to each other, who will confront each other because of no shared values,|
|01:52||and who have no longer any interests in common. This I foresee.|
|01:57||I guess it, I analyse it, it’s one of the major themes in my|
|02:01||book. I think it’s dramatic, and what I wanted to say in my book|
|02:05||in my “famous” interview: WHEN the civil war arrives with its cortege of horrors,|
|02:09||everything is possible, everything is conceivable which today|
|02:13||we cannot imagine. France, historically, is the country of civil wars|
|02:17||and of religious wars.|
|02:21||Nevertheless, the Interior Minister condemns the words attributed to you, pledges his support to the Muslims|
|02:25||of France and he even calls for rallies of solidarity. Bruno LeRoux,|
|02:29||Chief Minister of Socialist MPs, affirms that media (that is, us) must cease to receive you.|
|02:33||What do you say to them? You know the old phrase|
|02:37||of St. Juste: No Freedom for the enemies of Freedom. The Left is still there.|
|02:41||It was the “Terror” I remind you. When Bruno LeRoux says this,|
|02:45||he is really the heir of St. Juste. And if the Interior Minister|
|02:49||tells us that one should demonstrate and mobilise against me, do you realise it is|
|02:53||a MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, who is charged with maintaining Order|
|02:57||and the security of citizens, who calls for rallies against a French citizen.|
|03:01||We have a Prime Minister who has already said my book should not be read.|
|03:05||Now we have an Interior Minister who calls for rallies against me; what next?|
|03:09||Will they send my readers to prison? I ask you again:|
|03:13||Do you understand that your comments are perceived as an incitement|
|03:17||to hate for an important component of our country,|
|03:21||that is, the Muslims and Maghrebians (Arabs). This too is what the Islamic Council accuses you of|
|03:25||There is no incitement to hate. I try to|
|03:29||analyse, rationally, a situation.|
|03:33||Let’s go back to the begininning: Jean-Luc Mélenchon (French Communist Party) who has|
|03:38||translated an interview, while recognising that he speaks no Italian.|
|03:42||He has incited and inflated this with compliant media,|
|03:46||who did not even verify their sources, preferring to give moral lessons|
|03:50||and to put me on the media pre rather than|
|03:54||simply verify, as “Le Figaro” did.|
|03:58||These are Stalinist Methods. Well, for a former Trotskyite, it’s a return to his sources.|
|04:02||My last question, which is often asked of you today:|
|04:06||Are you agitating with harmful ideas to sell books?|
|04:10||Could we occasionally|
|04:14||get out of this permanent malevolence,|
|04:18||this phony psychoanalysing? I am here|
|04:22||to defend ideas. Could I at least be given this credit?!|
|04:26||Or don’t I even have the right to this? Could one pose the question: WHY|
|04:30||do I sell books? Perhaps people are interested in my books?|
|04:34||Without doubt. But you know that there are ideas who hurt? Ideas always hurt.|
|04:38||Finally, we do not necessarily agree.|
|04:42||We will see you here again in the New Year, as all our commentators…|
|04:46||Have a nice day. Thank you.