A French opinion writer named Ivan Rioufol got himself into a heap o’ trouble by referring to Muslims who adhere to fundamentalist or Salafist positions as supporters of the “ideology of the Islamic State”.
That seems to me to be an accurately-phrased assertion of equivalence. But the bien-pensants who are in charge of French political culture do not agree. Mr. Rioufol is now under investigation, and may be subject to a criminal procedure.
Below is a brief video of Ivan Rioufol’s sinful utterance. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
The following article accompanied the video (also translated by Ava Lon):
Muslims: CSA [Superior Council of Audiovisual] investigates case against Ivan Rioufol of Figaro
by Magazine Marianne
April 26, 2017
Ivan Rioufol, an editorialist for Le Figaro, affirmed on April 21 on CNews that “27% of French Muslims claimed the ideology of the Islamic State”.
The CSA said on Tuesday (April 25th) that it had opened a file on the remarks by Ivan Rioufol, an editorialist for Le Figaro, made on CNews last Friday. As a guest on the show “L’heure des pros”, presented by Pascal Praud, the polemicist quoted a poll from the Institut Montaigne demonstrating — according to him — that “27% of French Muslims claimed the ideology of the” Islamic State, and 50% of the young Muslims of the suburban neighborhoods.” The audiovisual authority has received about 40 reports, as revealed by Buzzfeed, while the replay of the show is not available on the CNews website.
At AFP, Ivan Rioufol denounces an “intimidation” that would be “exploited by a religious minority”. “To say that 50% of young Muslims have a practice of Islam” that is fundamentalist “and” adopted a system of values clearly opposed to the values of the Republic “is a fact noted in this study of the Montaigne Institute,” he affirms. “To bring it closer to the ideology of the Islamic State that applies sharia is a matter of my freedom to comment.”
In fact, Ivan Rioufol did indeed benefit to a large extent from his “freedom of comment”. The poll he quoted on CNews, was conducted by Ifop on behalf of the very liberal Institut Montaigne, and was published in September 2016 by the Sunday Journal. It divides the Muslim population living in France into three categories: 46% are “secularized”, totally secular; 25% have “Islamic pride”, being defined above all as Muslim and proud of the public expression of their religion; and 28% of the “Ultras” living in breach of republican values, polled in favor of the wearing of niqab or burqa and polygamy. The latter group is overrepresented among young people, as 50% of Muslims under 25 years of age are members of the group, according to the study.
It is thus to these 28% of Muslims that Ivan Rioufol reproaches with claim “of the ideology of the Islamic State”. Yet, the panel of respondents “was not questioned on Daesh,” said the Institut Montaigne on Twitter on Tuesday. “In no case can the findings of our inquiry feed your comments,” the think tank added to the attention of the editorial writer.
Translation of Twitter messages:
Institute Montaigne: @ivanrioufol You said that 50% of the young people in the cities cling to the ideology of the Islamic State
Institute Montaigne: @ivanrioufol In any case, the conclusions of our investigation cannot support your remarks.
|00:00||Do I have two minutes? —Of course, all the minutes in the world! —Institute Montaigne|
|00:04||conducted a poll meant to be reassuring, one that showed that 27% of Muslims,|
|00:08||of French Muslims, said they supported the ideology of the Islamic State,|
|00:12||27%! And 50% of the young Muslims from the suburbs [the so-called no go zones],|
|00:16||50% said they supported the Islamic State, that ideology.|
|00:20||That is scary! —Well, I’m not the one who discovered those numbers, and I didn’t make them up,|
|00:24||and 50% is almost a majority.