by Sally Ross
According to the blog Politico, quoting from an interview in Journal du Dimanche on 11th February, French president Emmanuel Macron says he wants to preserve “national cohesion” by reorganizing Islam as it is practiced in France.
“We are working on the structuring of Islam in France and, also on how to explain it, which is extremely important.”
The French leader declined to reveal further details about the reform plan, but he did say “My goal is to rediscover what lies at the heart of laïcité, the possibility of being able to believe, in order to preserve national cohesion and the possibility of having free consciousness.”
These gnomic comments don’t reveal much.
I myself cannot translate very well from the French, but I know of someone who can.
The blogger Tiberge has been scanning French news resources and blogs for some time, providing clear translations from the French alongside insightful analyses of the sources. The latest post at Gallia Watch entitled Macron’s calculated ambivalence may go some way to explain.
“The article analyzes the Macron administration and its relation to the larger more powerful “System”. The author uses “System” where I believe we would use “deep state”, in reference to the globalist/multiculturalist ideology, promoted by unseen unnamed persons of immense power, embedded deeply in all the institutions of the country, at all levels, and almost ineradicable.”
The entry in Gallia Watch catalogues several important issues current in France, all worth reading about.
In relationship to the president’s recent statement on the ‘reform of Islam’ the article and the analysis both stress the way M Macron tends to speak out of both sides of sa bouche.
“Macron, who gives the illusion of being more benign than his predecessors, is in fact more lethal because he will work furtively and deliberately at two opposing goals: he will give the appearance of making reforms to help the country, and at the same time he will see to it that no reform can ever materialize into something beneficial. One example of this is the current education reform.”
She then goes on to analyze the article’s stance on the reforms of French Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, and notes:
“The photo (see above) illustrates another of Blanquer’s innovations: teaching about religion in the public schools. As you can see, his purpose is not confined to helping French children understand why Christianity is vital to the history of their country, but rather to foster understanding of the religion of peace and tolerance. Is it a coincidence that Le Figaro chose this particular photo to illustrate school reform”?
So, we’ll see then.