Eric Zemmour: The Deep Puritanism of Politically Correct France

Eric Zemmour is a popular (and politically incorrect) French commentator who appears regularly on television discussion panels. In the following clip Mr. Zemmour discusses the fourth anniversary of the Islamic terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:00   The Insolences of Eric Zemmour
00:04   Good day Eric Zemmour. —Good day. —And happy New Year. — Thank you, back at you.
00:08   This week we are celebrating, well “celebrate” a figure of speech, we’re rather commemorating
00:12   the four-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack. Is France — in your opinion —
00:16   still “Charlie”? — Well, less and less.
00:20   I think increasingly that Charlie, “je suis Charlie”,
00:24   the famous slogan that was picked up by everybody, what did it mean, for starters?
00:28   It meant freedom of expression, freedom of opinion; even more
00:33   than that: this type of very Gallic irreverence, insolence,
00:37   anti-clericalism as well, OK, all this spirit, very straightforward,
00:41   this mixture of gavroche [from Victor Hugo — mischievous boy, street urchin]
00:46   and Voltaire. Meaning — more or less — of the popular speech
00:49   and aristocratic bons mots. That used to be France. This spirit was concentrated
00:53   — with its imperfections — in Charlie. And I am under the impression,
00:57   that, on the contrary, it only served as a screen
01:01   to get rid of this very French spirit and
01:05   of this freedom of opinion. Which means that never, I think, for a long time,
01:09   has freedom of opinion, freedom of expression, freedom of irreverence
01:14   been as constricted as today. —For example
01:18   related to Islam, first of all? —Well, it started with Islam. We said at first
01:22   “Je suis Charlie”, OK, but no amalgam! Fine, at the beginning we said,
01:26   naïvely, “Of course, it’s normal, we can criticize Islam, but we won’t attack
01:30   all the Muslims at the same time”. It was logical. In fact we realized very quickly that it was
01:34   a muddle. And that this “no amalgam” allowed us to revive
01:38   the crime of blasphemy. And as soon as someone touched Islam he was told
01:42   “oh, no amalgam, we have no right,” and so on. And then we
01:46   left Islam alone and there were other sacred cows that were introduced:
01:50   There were women, homosexuals, migrants. We had no more right to criticize anybody; we had
01:54   no right to make fun of people any longer, immediately we were “against the values of the Republic”;
01:59   we were “carriers of hatred”, we were… you know…
02:03   So therefore we had to hold our tongues. And the media on one side were accusing, were
02:07   putting us in the pillory and — very often — a judge who sentenced us. — You went up to say
02:11   that #MeToo is contrary to Charlie spirit. The movement #MeToo
02:15   for the protection of women. — Listen, I invite you, I invite you to
02:19   have a look at Charlies from ’70 and you’ll understand
02:23   that today, not one, I want you to hear me,
02:27   NOT ONE would be allowed and they would be attacked for misogyny,
02:31   “femicide” as they say nowadays…
02:35   Sexism… — Sexism, we would hear all of that. They would ALL be forbidden!
02:40   Those Gallic bawdy jokes that make fun
02:44   of traitors in a cassock also make fun of women,
02:48   and of female romanticism, and so on. It’s the spirit of this type of sense of humour.
02:52   And today, when you have a TV chronicler who says that he prefers young women
02:56   to those less young… —Yann Moix, but let’s not name names — …which is
03:00   true of 90% heterosexual men, he is attacked
03:04   as if he had killed his parents.
03:08   There you can see well that the current time is revealing its deep Puritanism.
03:12   Thank you, Eric Zemmour!

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