Jean Raspail, Author of Camp of the Saints: “Our Civilisation Is Disappearing”

Cheradenine Zakalwe, Islam Versus Europe, October 26, 2013

I’ve written before about Camp of the Saints, the 1970s novel by Jean Raspail that eerily prefigured our current predicament. In it, hordes of third-world savages hop into boats, come to Europe as uninvited guests, and simply invade and occupy our continent.

The current issue of the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles has an interview with Jean Raspail.

What do you feel about the current situation?

You know, I’ve no wish to join the big group of intellectuals who spend their time debating immigration . . . I have the impression that these talks serve no purpose. The people already know it all, intuitively: that France, as our ancestors fashioned it centuries ago, is disappearing. And that we keep the gallery amused by talking ceaselessly of immigration without ever saying the final truth. A truth that is moreover unsayable, as my friend Jean Cau noted, because whoever says it is immediately hounded, condemned then rejected. Richard Millet came close to it, look what happened to him! [See here for more on this].

Is the seriousness of the problem being kept from the French people?

Yes. Starting with the politicians in charge first of all! Publicly “everything’s going well, Madame Marquessa”. But behind closed doors, they acknowledge that “yes, you’re right: there is a real problem”. I have several edifying letters on this subject from prominent leftist politicians, from those on the right too, to whom I sent the Camp of the Saints. “But you understand: we can’t say it . . .” These people have a double language, a double conscience. I don’t know how they do it! I think the distress comes from there: the people know that things are being hidden from them. Today, tens of millions of people don’t buy into the official discourse on immigration. Not one of them believes that it is an opportunity for France “une chance pour la France”. Because reality imposes itself on them, every day. All of these ideas boil in their heads and don’t come out.

You don’t believe it’s possible to assimilate the foreigners welcomed into France?

No. The model of integration isn’t working. Even if a few more illegals are escorted to the border and we succeed in integrating foreigners a bit more than today, their numbers will not stop growing and that will change nothing in the fundamental problem: the progressive invasion of France and Europe by a numberless third-world. I’m not a prophet, but you see clearly the fragility of these countries, where an unbearable poverty is established and grows ceaselessly alongside indecent wealth. Those people don’t turn to their governments to protest. They expect nothing of them.

They turn to us and arrive in Europe in boats, ever more numerous, today in Lampedusa, tomorrow elsewhere. Nothing discourages them. And thanks to the demography game, by the 2050s, there will be as many young indigenous French as there are young foreigners in France.

Many will be naturalised.

Which doesn’t mean they’ll have become French. I don’t say these are bad people, but “naturalisations on paper” aren’t naturalisations of the heart. I cannot consider them my compatriots. We need to drastically toughen the law, as a matter of urgency.

How can Europe deal with these migrations?

There are only two solutions. Either we accommodate them and France–its culture, its civilisation–will be erased without even a funeral. In my view, that’s what’s going to happen. Or we don’t accommodate them at all–that means stop sacralising the Other and rediscover your neighbour, that means those next to you. Which means that we stop giving a damn sometime about these “Christian ideas gone mad”, as Chesterton said, or these depraved human rights, and that we take the indispensable measures to distance ourselves, without appeal, to avoid the dissolution of our country into a general métissage [literally race-mixing but used as a sort of equivalent of the English diversity]. I don’t see any other solution. I travelled a lot in my youth. All peoples are fascinating but when you mix them too much, it is much more animosity that develops than sympathy. Métissage is never peaceful. It is a dangerous utopia. Look at South Africa!

At the point where we are now, the measures we would have to take would necessarily be very coercive. I don’t believe it will happen and I don’t see anyone who has the courage to do it. They would need to put their soul in the balance, but who is ready for that? That said, I don’t believe for an instant that the supporters of immigration are more charitable than me: there probably isn’t a single one of them who intends to welcome one of these unfortunates into his home . . . all of that’s just an emotional pretence, an irresponsible maelstrom that will engulf us.

Is there therefore no solution other than submission or coercion?

There could perhaps be one, but it will only have one chance: isolates where a population that is ethnically and culturally threatened by other communitarianisms could find refuge. Besides, it’s already happening: we can see already that the French “de souche” [indigenous] are fleeing the so-called “sensitive” districts. The demonstrations against homosexual marriage are also a form of communitarianism: they testify to the rejection by millions of French people to the “change of civilisations” promised by the Left and by Christiane Taubira. Today, everyone condemns communitarianism, but it could be a solution, at least temporarily. These opposed communitarianisms will reinforce themselves mutually by the animosity they will convey and that will end, finally, in extremely severe confrontations. Even if we don’t need to wish that adversity occurs.

You don’t believe in a sudden new beginning, as has occurred many times in the history of France?

No. It would require an epic spirit, an appreciation of an elevated destiny for a sudden new beginning to be possible in France. It would require people to still believe in their country. I don’t see many of them left. At least reforming from top to bottom the national education system and the audio-visual media, taking away the platform from the teachers and the journalists who are participating in the disinformation . . . We have desacralised the idea of the nation, the exercise of power, the past of the country. We have put cracks in the statue of France, we have disfigured it (especially the Left!) to the point where nothing inspires respect any more. The power of the false ideas disseminated by the national education system and the media is boundless. But as for me, I have lived in France for 1500 years, I’m OK with what is mine, and I’ve no desire for it to change . . .

[Editor’s Note: Camp of the Saints is now available for purchase through the American Renaissance online store.]

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  • IstvanIN

    It would be so simple for the majority of French legislators, regardless of the EU, and without even mentioning race, to simply say no more immigration, no more naturalizations. It would be a start but no, the French politicians would rather see their children end up like those in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States.

    • Jesse James

      What happened to those French patriots who fought so long to prevent the Americanization of their country to the point where they established an organization to cull foreign words that were creeping into their language. Where are these proud, arrogant, civilized Frenchmen now?

      • IstvanIN

        Good point, where are they? Protesting America and English is legal, protesting the take over of your country by assorted muslims, Africans and Arabs, not so much.

        • Jesse James

          Jean Raspail actually asks and answers this question in “Camp of the Saints”.

          Saga, the Swedish nationalist singer, nails how I feel about what is happening to us in her song, “Ode To A Dying People”.

  • Spartacus

    “We have desacralised the idea of the nation, the exercise of power, the
    past of the country. We have put cracks in the statue of France, we have
    disfigured it (especially the Left!) to the point where nothing
    inspires respect any more. The power of the false ideas disseminated by
    the national education system and the media is boundless.”


    In case any of you want to read this man’s novel:


    • me

      A sobering wake-up call that the majority of ‘useful idiots’ will probably never read. It might be a good idea to buy several copies and hand them out as Christmas gifts to your more ‘progressive’ nuts on your family tree.

      • Spartacus

        I don’t have any progressives in my family. We don’t have that disease here in eastern Europe, thank God.

  • Spartacus

    “I travelled a lot in my youth. All peoples are fascinating but when you
    mix them too much, it is much more animosity that develops than
    sympathy. Métissage is never peaceful. It is a dangerous utopia. Look at
    South Africa!”


    • bigone4u

      I hope the mods don’t take your pics down. They are race realism in a nutshell.

      • Spartacus

        I hope so too. But I think there’s something wrong with Disqus, as I put them in a different order .

    • saxonsun

      Can you post these horrors on other sites?

      • Spartacus

        Why ? Don’t have the stomach for them ?

        • itdoesnotmatter

          Painful stuff. The little blond in the top photo has eyes, skin, and hair the color of my daughter’s.

      • William Krapek

        I think we need to get used to this. If only because we may have to end up being the ones inflicting that kind of damage.

        (And if we don’t fight, we and people we know will end up looking that way.)

  • Oil Can Harry

    The only thing Mr. Raspail got wrong was when he declared “I’m not a prophet.”

    He is indeed, just like the great Enoch Powell.

    • Jesse James

      His “Camp of the Saints” is a very powerful and very readable novel. If you haven’t read it I urge you to get a copy, you can read it over the weekend.

      • Brian

        It’s one of the top 10 books that I didn’t enjoy necessarily (hits too close to home) but changed my life.

    • DaveMed

      Absolutely. His book mobilized me like nothing else.

    • Alfred the Great

      I just watched the videos on youtube about Powell. Excellent!

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Bless this man.

    If not a life-changing book, I can honestly say that CotS was, for myself, an attitude-changing book.

  • Alfred the Great

    This guy is spot on!

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Every citizen in every invaded city on this globe should watch this. Several times. The man is shamelessly telling it as it is, and still, no liberal regressive would heed his words if a gun were held to his head.

  • bigone4u

    A new Dark Age for humanity is arising. If prophet Raspail’s warning is not heeded, humans will degenerate into the lowest form of animal and then slowly disappear.

    • IstvanIN

      The end of creativity, a world populated by robotic Chinese, savage blacks and dirty Indians.

      • Dave4088

        The Chinese will likely colonize Africa and make short shrift of the blacks. They aren’t sentimental fools like most whites, nor do they believe in racial equality or that anyone who accepts Jesus Christ is their brother.

        • Eight month term abortions and sending the criminal’s family the bill for the execution, makes me think that you’re right.

  • John Frum

    “There are only two solutions. Either we accommodate them and France–its culture, its civilisation–will be erased without even a funeral”
    There are more than two options.France isn’t the only thing that can be erased.

  • Lord_Steven_Regal

    “Either we accommodate them and France–its culture, its civilisation–will be erased without even a funeral. In my view, that’s what’s going to happen.”

    Sadly, I agree with Raspail. It looks like Europeans will extinguish their civilizations without a fight. The Greeks and Russians may fight, but it looks like few other whites will.

    • MBlanc46

      Perhaps Marine Le Pen and the Front National will make a difference.

  • Sangraal

    That is quite a video. I’m no fan of Sam Harris and his militant atheist ilk, but it’s good to have links that will not be rejected out of hand because they are from ‘extremists/racists/hatemongers etc’.

    The speaker in that video unwittingly hits the nail on the head at the 5.32 mark…

  • The EU was designed to dissolve European nation states, not represent them. The EU is not ‘European’ at all; it’s globalist and anti-European (by which I mean, anti-White).
    Google ‘Mediterranean Union’ and you’ll soon see what the globalist have in mind for Europe.

  • Whirlwinder

    France, like the rest of Europe, is doomed. They have been so weakened by socialism and the lack of a national identity that Islam has been enabled to come and dominate. Europe fought Islam for 1400 years but now are allowing them to just come in country and to take over. Europe has no pride left. What pride does a people have who are on total welfare? What is there to protect. No culture left and it will be lost to history because in Islam, the only history starts with Mohammed in the 7th century. Western civilization in europe had a good run, but they do not care enough to fight to preserve it.

  • Massif1

    The only way to free France and the rest of Western Europe is to create “Fortress Europe.” Africans are coming from the south, Pakistanis and other Asians from the East, and soon all kinds of other groups will join in from Romania and Bulgaria. Soon white Europeans will feel the pain of even more taxation to support “refugee” lifestyles of no work and all free stuff.

  • GM (Australia)

    Good question, but when you just take a few minutes to think about this totally unbelievable situation it is obvious that we are living in some sort of Cloud Cuckoo Land.

    Is the Charles Martel of history taught in schools these days and has anyone heard of the gates of Vienna? At least those patriots fought back, we just let it happen.

    (To get a background on Cloud Cuckoo Land just read Aristophanes plays c.450 BC)

  • Ralph

    Artistic representation can often drive home the main point on topics like this . In one
    affluent, small town/city, in the rural Heartland, the well financed city library had a video slow-motion display of the spread and concentrations of human population across the globe over the last 5,000 years. When you see it, you don’t forget it. Juxtapose Hitchcock’s film LIFEBOAT to it and you’ve hit wake up time.

  • Obama initiated a number of activites which seem to be destroying America. These include the bailout to Union workers (Obama supporters), the super high taxes for the working class, the destruction of the military, the loss of prestige by Putin over Syria, the destruction of the US dollar, and the continuing Depression in America.

    However his popularity overall remains exceedingly high for a 2nd term President. Thus the majority of those who vote really like him. This is why a true Deomocracy without safeguards eventually ends up in anarchy: as a welfare class forms then grows & then finds that they don’t have to work but just vote themselves more and more money, taken from a decreasing number of helpless working/productive people. I wonder where it will all end?

  • Brian

    What Raspail said above can hard be better put. Voila!

  • Northern American-Nationalist

    What more needs to be said?