French Philosopher Finkielkraut: ‘There Is a Clash of Civilizations’

Mathieu von Rohr and Romain Leick, Spiegel, December 6, 2013

Alain Finkielkraut is one of France’s most controversial essayists. His new book, “L’Identité Malheureuse” (“The Unhappy Identity,” Éditions Stock ), has been the subject of heated debate. It comes at a time when France finds itself in the midst of an identity crisis. But rather than framing things from a social or political perspective, Finkielkraut explores what he sees as a hostile confrontation between indigenous French people and immigrants. He was interviewed in his Parisian apartment on the Left Bank.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Finkielkraut, are you unhappy with today’s France?

Finkielkraut: I am pained to see that the French mode of European civilization is threatened. France is in the process of transforming into a post-national and multicultural society. It seems to me that this enormous transformation does not bring anything good.

SPIEGEL: Why is that? Post-national and multicultural sounds rather promising.

Finkielkraut: It is presented to us as the model for the future. But multiculturalism does not mean that cultures blend. Mistrust prevails, communitarianism is rampant–parallel societies are forming that continuously distance themselves from each other.

SPIEGEL: Aren’t you giving in here to the right-wingers’ fears of demise?

Finkielkraut: The lower middle classes–the French that one no longer dares to call Français de souche (ethnic French)–are already moving out of the Parisian suburbs and farther into the countryside. They have experienced that in some neighborhoods they are the minority in their own country. They are not afraid of the others, but rather of becoming the others themselves.

SPIEGEL: But France has always been a country of immigrants.

Finkielkraut: We are constantly told that immigration is a constitutive element of the French identity. But that’s not true. Labor migration began in the 19th century. It was not until after the bloodletting of World War I that the borders were largely opened.

SPIEGEL: Immigration has had more of a formative influence on France than on Germany.

Finkielkraut: Immigration used to go hand-in-hand with integration into French culture. That was the rule of the game. Many of the new arrivals no longer want to play by that rule. If the immigrants are in the majority in their neighborhoods, how can we integrate them? There used to be mixed marriages, which is crucial to miscegenation. But their numbers are declining. Many Muslims in Europe are re-Islamizing themselves. A woman who wears the veil effectively announces that a relationship with a non-Muslim is out of the question for her.

SPIEGEL: Aren’t many immigrants excluded from mainstream society primarily for economic reasons?

Finkielkraut: The left wanted to resolve the problem of immigration as a social issue, and proclaimed that the riots in the suburbs were a kind of class struggle. We were told that these youths were protesting against unemployment, inequality and the impossibility of social advancement. In reality we saw an eruption of hostility toward French society. Social inequality does not explain the anti-Semitism, nor the misogyny in the suburbs, nor the insult “filthy French.” The left does not want to accept that there is a clash of civilizations.

SPIEGEL: The anger of these young people is also stirred up by high unemployment. They are turning their backs on society because they feel excluded.

Finkielkraut: If unemployment is so high, then immigration has to be more effectively controlled. Apparently there is not enough work for everyone. But just ask the teachers in these troubled neighborhoods–they have major difficulties teaching anything at all. Compared to the rappers and the dealers, the teachers earn so ridiculously little that they are viewed with contempt. Why should the students make an effort to follow in their footsteps? There are a large number of young people who don’t want to learn anything about French culture. This refusal makes it harder for them to find work.

SPIEGEL: These neighborhoods that you speak of, have you even seen them firsthand?

Finkielkraut: I watch the news; I read books and studies. I have never relied on my intuition.

SPIEGEL: In the US the coexistence of communities works better. The Americans don’t have this European adherence to a national uniform culture.

Finkielkraut: The US sees itself as a country of immigration, and what is impressive about this truly multicultural society is the strength of its patriotism. This was particularly evident after the attacks of September 11, 2001. In France, however, the opposite could be seen after the attacks on French soldiers and Jewish children in Toulouse and Montauban last year: Some schoolchildren saw Mohamed Merah, the assailant, as a hero. Something like that would be unthinkable in the US. American society is a homeland for everyone. I don’t think that many children of immigrants here see it that way.

SPIEGEL: America makes it easy for new arrivals to feel like Americans. Does France place the hurdles too high?

Finkielkraut: France prohibits students from wearing headscarves at school. This is also for the benefit of all Muslims who don’t want a religious cage for themselves, for their daughters and wives. France is a civilization, and the question is what it means to participate in it. Does this mean the natives have to make themselves extremely small so the others can easily spread themselves out? Or does it mean passing on the culture that one possesses?

SPIEGEL: But this has worked for a long time. The Italians, Spaniards, Poles and European Jews had no difficulties becoming French patriots. Why is this no longer working?

Finkielkraut: Why is there today such aggression toward the West in the Islamic world? Some say that France was a colonial power, which is why those who were colonized could not be happy. But why has Europe been subjected to this massive immigration from former colonies over the past half a century? France still has to pay for the sins of colonialism and settle its debt to those who vilify it today.

SPIEGEL: You yourself are the child of immigrants, the progeny of a persecuted family. Does your personal will to integrate explain your radical commitment to the values of the Republic?

Finkielkraut: I defend these values because I probably owe more to my schooling than do the Français de souche, the hereditary French. French traditions and history were not laid in my cradle. Anyone who does not bring along this heritage can acquire it in l’école républicaine, the French school system. It has expanded my horizons and allowed me to immerse myself in French civilization.

SPIEGEL: And made you into its apologist?

Finkielkraut: I can speak and write more openly than others precisely because I am not a hereditary Frenchman. The natives easily allow themselves to be unnerved by the prevailing discourse. I don’t have such complexes.

SPIEGEL: How do you define this French civilization that you speak of?

Finkielkraut: I recently reread a book by the admirable Russian writer Isaac Babel. The story takes place in Paris. The narrator is in a hotel and at night he hears the lovemaking sounds of the couples next door. Babel writes: This has nothing to do with what one hears in Russia–it’s much more fiery. Then his French friend responds: We French created women, literature and cuisine. No one can take that from us.

SPIEGEL: Those are idealized clichés that nations create for themselves.

Finkielkraut: But it is true, or at least it was in the past. France can’t allow itself to bask in its own glory. But it has evidence of its civilization, just like Germany–it has its sights, its squares, its cafés, its wealth of literature and its artists. We can be proud of these ancestors, and we have to prove that we are worthy of them. I regret that Germany–for reasons that are understandable–has broken with this pride in its past. But I believe that German politicians who speak of Leitkultur–the guiding national culture–are right. The Leitkultur does not create an insurmountable barrier to newcomers.

SPIEGEL: Is the modern French identity still shaped by the Revolution of 1789?

Finkielkraut: Back in 1989, on the 200th anniversary of the revolution, I signed a petition against the Islamic headscarf. For me it had to do with the notion of secularism, which is running into criticism around the world these days. France believed at the time that this was a model for the world, and is today reminded of its distinctiveness. It is no longer a question of exporting our model. We have to remain modest, yet steadfast.

SPIEGEL: But doesn’t French secularism today also serve to justify the aggressive rejection of Islam?

Finkielkraut: How is that? We have prohibited the veil; we have not banned the individual. Previously schoolgirls were urged to place under their blouses or sweaters the crosses or medallions of the Virgin Mary that they wore on their necklaces. That is not asking too much, merely a bit of restraint on everyone’s part. This has nothing to do with aggression against Muslims.

SPIEGEL: Hasn’t Islam long since become a part of Europe, a part of France and Germany, as former German President Christian Wulff once put it?

Finkielkraut: Former French President Jacques Chirac made a similar statement. Islam may one day belong to Europe, but only after it has Europeanized itself. It is not an insult to the others to point out their otherness.

SPIEGEL: Well, the Muslims are here now. So don’t they also belong?

Finkielkraut: The question is: How are they here? Immigrants lose nothing when they recognize their difference from the established population. Today the Muslims in France like to shout in an act of self-assertion: We are just as French as you! It would have never occurred to my parents to say something like that. I would also never say that I am just as French as Charles de Gaulle was.

SPIEGEL: In France immigrants are covered by the jus soli , or “right of the soil,” meaning that every child born there has a right to French citizenship. Do you want to abolish this?

Finkielkraut: No. But all equality of rights aside, such a child has become a French national in a manner that differs from descent. The automatic right to French citizenship by being born on French territory makes many French people feel uncomfortable these days, because the act of wanting to be French gets lost in this process. Like most other Europeans, the French have the feeling that immigration has become an uncontrolled process–something that happens, not something that is willed into being. The countries are not directing this process; at most, they are escorting it.

SPIEGEL: Isn’t it extremely easy to attribute all problems to poverty immigration from the developing world?

Finkielkraut: A public political debate on the issue is the least that one could expect. Instead, this field is ceded to the extreme right.

SPIEGEL: How do you view the political rise of Marine Le Pen and her far-right National Front party?

Finkielkraut: This disturbs me, of course. But the National Front would not be continuously on the rise if it had not discarded the old issues of the extreme right. Nowadays the National Front focuses on secularism and the republic.

SPIEGEL: That sounds as if you could imagine voting for the party.

Finkielkraut: No, I would never do that because this party appeals to people’s base instincts and hatred. And these are easy to kindle among its supporters. We can’t leave these issues to the National Front. It would also be up to the left, the party of the people, to take seriously the suffering and anxiety of ordinary people.

SPIEGEL: What do you say to people who call you a reactionary?

Finkielkraut: It has become impossible to see history as constant progress. I reserve the possibility to compare yesterday and today and ask the question: What do we retain, what do we abandon?

SPIEGEL: Is that really any more than nostalgia for a lost world?

Finkielkraut: Like Albert Camus, I am of the opinion that our generation’s task is not to recreate the world, but to prevent its decline. We not only have to conserve nature, but also culture. There you have the reactionary.

SPIEGEL: When you see all these problems in France–the debts, unemployment, educational crisis, identity crisis–do you fear for the future?

Finkielkraut: I become sad and feel a growing sense of anxiety. Optimism would seem a bit ridiculous these days. I wish the politicians were able to speak the truth and look reality in the face. Then, I believe, France would be capable of a true awakening–of contemplating a policy of civilization.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Finkielkraut, thank you for this interview.

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  • Alexandra1973

    “In the US the coexistence of communities works better. The Americans
    don’t have this European adherence to a national uniform culture.”

    What rock has this guy been under? It works no better here than in France!

    • Pelagian

      Has he ever heard of OJ Simpson?

    • Fr. John+

      Look at his last name. He’s no more French, than Ariel Sharon. And also note, that in every utterance, ONE RACIAL SUBGROUP takes precedence- and it’s not the ethnic French! Why is it the phrase ‘Jetez le Juif’ comes from France eh? Nous savons quelque chose, qu’il n’a pas jamais connu. The French are the only Frenchmen- just like Anglos are the only Real Americans.

      • NoMosqueHere

        Only anglos are real americans? Then about 250 million americans are not really americans?

    • libori

      Seems you did not pay attention. The above quote is not from Finkelkraut, but rather from the Spiegel interviewer, who simply presents his wishful thinking as fact. The vast majority of readers will swallow that lie. Anybody questioning that in Germany would be immediately marginalized as a racist and Neonazi. This is the typical modus operandi of the leftist (i.e. all) German magazines. It is still an occupied country.

      • Alexandra1973

        I know, that’s who I meant.

        Still, whoever says that kind of thing is under a rock to begin with!

    • bilderbuster

      He’s not a Frenchman so consider the source.

    • me

      The globalists are always using the USA as an ‘example’ of how ‘successful’ their delusion of a ‘multicultural society’ is possible. Meanwhile, in a place that we call REALITY….

    • NeanderthalDNA

      This idealized consumption of the big American lie may explain much of Europe’s sad desire to ape that aspect of our civilization which is destroying it.

  • Alfred the Great

    Multiculturalism leads to multi-societalism, which leads to collapse.

    • Alexandra1973

      I registered and submitted a reply. Whether it gets posted remains to be seen.

  • Spartacus

    “In the US the coexistence of communities works better. The Americans
    don’t have this European adherence to a national uniform culture.”

    ——————————————————————————————————————–

    Yeah, I’m sure it does…

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Those who oppose, who are demonized and villainized today…

      Will be the revered saints of the future. The halls of Valhalla are not for the meek or the coward. The oathbreakers will be broken and cast into the earth and sea. Their words will be stricken and their names accursed. The memory of them will be kept alive only to serve as an example of the folly and fate of traitors.

      Awakening, reckoning, cleansing, then one fine day healing.

      But the traitors must be the first to feel our righteous wrath. The worst we keep and try. The rest get shipped to the same third world hellholes they so worship along with those they inflicted upon their people.

  • MekongDelta69

    SPIEGEL: Why is that? Post-national and multicultural sounds rather promising.”

    Finkielkraut:” Would it at all be inconvenient if we paused this interview for about 10 minutes so I could beat some sense into you?”

  • Pro_Whitey

    Anybody have a good translation of “Finkielkraut”? Besides that, all I have to say is, get those bleepin’ muslims out of France, and all of Europe.

    • bilderbuster

      Get the Muslims AND the Finkielkrauts out of Europe.

      • NoMosqueHere

        Almost all the “finkielkrauts” as you seem to call “them” were removed from europe during the holocaust. How many more do you want to kill?

        • Franklin_Ryckaert

          Emigration to Israel is no genocide. Besides, they will be received with open arms. A win win solution.

  • bigone4u

    Like Finkelkraut, I too feel sad and experience anxiety. My anxiety not going away until the nonsensical “Diversity is our strength” motto has been mocked into nonexistence, the borders sealed, and most immigrants expelled or repatriated to their homelands..
    A multicultural future must be resisted at every turn for the sake of future generations of white children worldwide. There’s no time to waste. The day of resistence is here now.

  • Puggg

    Is this Finkielkraut smoking a Colorado legal substance, or is he just oblivious, when he goes on his rant about how much better it is in America?

    Notice the best he can do is defend French “values,” but not the French people that made these values. And he speaks somewhat derisively of Marine Le Pen. So what we have here is a twit who tries to oppose the bad consequences of what I see here at AmRen often described as “ideology cults” with another ideology cult.

    • LeGrandDerangement

      He’s a propositional Frenchman.

      • Franklin_Ryckaert

        Some “propositions” should be vehemently rejected.

  • Dave4088

    That French or any other white society is threatened is putting things mildly. Mass immigration from the third world has introduced the prospect of racial and ethnic annihilation for whites in North America, Europe and Scandinavia.

  • Truthseeker

    I like a lot of what this guy has to say, but it’s laughable how ignorant he is of America and its supposed lack of problems with diversity. “American society is a homeland for everyone.” Right. I can only presume that he hasn’t been to America or read much about what really goes on here. He ought to read Amren.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      Teach this fellow what the name Aztlan stands for.

  • David Ashton

    A tennis match, main points to Finkielkraut. Yes the ball hit the American net, but those
    questions – each one, deja vu, leftist robotspeak.

  • OhWow

    Europe is already far gone. The muslims have already stuck their flag in the heart of Europe and claimed it because the white liberals there were too busy wanting to sing kumbaya with everyone proving they were not racist not realizing it meant it would cost them their culture and future plans without their race involved.

    Diversity is just conquest via population replacement. Who in their right minds would argue that Europe or America should let themselves be colonized and invaded to prove we aren’t racist? Liberalism really is a mental disorder.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Nothing is over until WE decide it is.

      • OhWow

        The problem is that the vast majority of whites have bought into the left’s mantra of diversity. As much as it kills me to admit it, it’s true. No real progress will be made unless Jared Taylor is let on CNN or Fox and ruffles some feathers to get real discussion and debate going. But of course they won’t let him because he’s too smart.

        • Extropico

          When the GOP is trounced in 2014 and 2016, we shall see significant restructure of Fox. They have a segmented Latino race division but none for its very own European base. I believe this will change faster than many expect.

          • bilderbuster

            That’s who blO’Reilly & Hannity’s are for.
            The senior citizen Republicans who still believe it’s 1980 & all we need to do is elect a “Reagan Republican” & everything will be hunky dory.
            They forget the bastard gave us amnesty instead & that “Open Borders” W was probably the last “conservative” who will ever sit in the non Whitehouse.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      “Diversity is just conquest via population replacement.”

      Excellent! An even shorter mantra would be : “Diversity is genocide.”

  • Extropico

    “I can speak and write more openly than others precisely because I am not a hereditary Frenchman.”

    The seditious anti-White bias against Europeans is specifically alluded here. Without free speech, no verisimilitude of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite will develop on French soil.

    • IstvanIN

      He is only a little sad because his tribe is being displaced. He isn’t French and could not care a wit for the real (or in his condescending word “hereditary”) French.

      • Extropico

        100% Correct. This fraud’s disdain for the National Front’s efforts to protect the very French culture he pretend’s to have affinity for is belied by his genuine concern that there will be too many French people remaining to enjoy it..

      • je suis paganisme

        I believe that anyone who believes in “birthright citizenship” is a fraud. Finkelkraut is a huge disappointment and a fraud.
        The true French people were produced by a mingling of Celtic, Roman, and Germanic evolutions. How could someone from North Africa be born in France and be called French?
        There was once a North African woman who trespassed onto the Rodin estate in order to give birth to her son on the estate. When asked why, she said, “I wanted my son to be a sculptor. If he is born on the Rodin estate, he is a sculptor. Just like I was born in France, so I am French.”

        • Franklin_Ryckaert

          She should have gone to the Congo so that her son would be born black!

    • TheAntidote

      If I were French I believe a step in the right direction would be to refuse to let this Finkelkraut speak for me or to interpret or explain French culture. As other commenters have pointed out, it’s absurd; he’s defending French civilization—not French people.

      • KevinPhillipsBong

        Yes, the dialectic at work again.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Love your avatar, bro.

        “It’s a madhouse I tell ya! A madhouse!”

        “Get yer stinkin’ paws offa me you damned dirty ape!”

        At least he sees the threat of the most deadly beast ever – the tragically misunderstood “singe noir”…

    • Charles W.

      As always nowadays, white nationalities, and whites generally, are only allowed to advocate for their own interests through non-white proxies.

      • Berkeley Guy

        It seems a lot of people feel this way nowadays, at least from what I read and hear in the news. I am inclined to debate anyone on the merits of western culture and the European peoples, so there are some of us that do have the will to speak on our behalf–and to do it without getting emotional. But it seems such people are few and far between, and most live somewhat vicariously through proxies for fear of being controversial themselves.

  • IstvanIN

    Balderdash. Non-European immigration in to France means the end of France. A small number of European Christian immigrants could assimilate simply because their race and religion is similar to the native French. Over several generations those people may become French in both their culture and hearts. A black or Alergeian can never, ever become French. Europeans are their own race, miscegenation with non-Europeans simply poisons the well.

    America was never a land for all. America was founded by and for people of British and Northern European extraction born in the New World. We speak English. Post-independence immigrants were expected to assimilate into our Anglo-American culture and learn our language. There was never any expectation that this nation would become a universal nation. No matter what we do blacks will not and can not become truly American. Hispanics have openly stated they are here to take over, as are Asians more and more.

    The French revolution was an act of treason and terror from which France never fully recovered. The French should be ashamed of that era. They should be ashamed of 20th century France as well.

    • John

      “The French revolution was an act of treason and terror from which France never fully recovered.” Too true. All that garbage about “liberty, fraternity, equality” always had a Judeo-Marxist sort of trial run aspect to it as well. It was just as true then as now, follow the money trail to find out who’s really pulling the strings. The Rothschild’s maybe? Their banks certainly profited from all the wars the “new” France ushered in.

      • IstvanIN

        How many Christian monarchies have been legitimately overthrown by their indigenous peoples? Maybe France? Possibly, but there is a certain group that seems to be behind the destruction of our traditions.

        • bilderbuster

          The usual suspects every time without fail.

          • Franklin_Ryckaert

            Yes, since 3000 years already.

        • Charles W.

          When you study the roles of Freemasons, Jacobins, and the use of propaganda and the printing press (“Let them eat cake!”) in the run up to the French Revolution, the claim that it was solely the work of disgruntled Frenchmen becomes less and less believable.

          • Franklin_Ryckaert

            Cui bono the French revolution?
            Hint : the Jews were emancipated.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Napoleon had genius for redirecting people’s misguided notions. Like Charles of Sweden and that “Hisler” fellow, however, Mother Russia brought him down.

        I hope Putin is a race realist. If so, perhaps this all may be a teleological phenomenon that plays out well in the end despite our current dark days.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “The left wanted to resolve the problem of immigration as a social issue,
    and proclaimed that the riots in the suburbs were a kind of class
    struggle. We were told that these youths were protesting against
    unemployment, inequality and the impossibility of social advancement. In
    reality we saw an eruption of hostility toward French society. Social
    inequality does not explain the anti-Semitism, nor the misogyny in the
    suburbs, nor the insult “filthy French.” The left does not want to
    accept that there is a clash of civilizations.”

    Bingo, you could replace France with the United States or any other majority White country and it would fit in perfectly here. I think that’s the biggest indicator of a global “conspiracy” if you will to genocide the White race. In every single White country you hear the exact same thing from the anti-Whites about the inequality and the impossibility of social advancement, when the issue is really that non Whites are incredibly hostile to Western Civilization precisely because they are incompatible with it and they KNOW it.

    • Lt_Greyman_NVA

      Excellent! I agree with this observation. It is one thing if one country is self-destructing due to a foolish ruler, but the multiple societies, all White with all the same symptoms and with all the same defenders speaks an elegant proof of a decision to take down the race. Those who push multiculturalism, Marxism, One World Government also push the destruction of the White.

      • Franklin_Ryckaert

        NWO = JWO.

  • Druid

    These intellecutals are a bunch of jerks. The handwriting is on the wall in Europe. At some point, the people in one or more EU country are going to say “no more” to all this stuff with the foreigners coming into their country. Once that ball get’s rolling, don’t get in its way.

    • TheAntidote

      I think you’re right. The defeatists and pessimists should read some European history. There have been man, many mass expulsions over the centuries. Spain at one point had deported every single Muslim and Jew. Look at all the mass relocations Stalin conducted.

    • It’s demoralization, a classic psyops technique. “Give up, Comrades!” they wail, shedding crocodile tears. “All is lost, there’s no use in fighting anymore!”

      We’ll see about that.

      • Lt_Greyman_NVA

        Flee! Flee for your Lives!

  • Frank_DeScushin

    The Marxist Der Spiegel sets the time early by calling the civilization clash position “controversial” and saying it’s a “heated debate”. In reality the idea that there is a culture clash is not in the least bit controversial. Instead, it’s self evident. And there is no heated debate on the topic, because the Leftists in control of the media and government will not allow such debate. They will open the window to the debate only to scream the rational side down as racists, and then they promptly shut the window.

    • Berkeley Guy

      I’ve noticed your posts cut through and are quite clear in summing up the article’s sentiment. I agree in this case as well: the bias was clear from the start.

      The tactics you speak of are becoming trite, and I hope more of us wake up to that fact. The sentiments which spark the debates we carry in us no matter where we go, and more and more Europeans/Eurodiasporians are leaking the debates into places such as comment sections and so on. I foresee this trend continuing in a positive direction.

  • Bulan Sabriel

    While this Cultural Nationalism may not be the ethno-nationalism many here support, context is important. As his name suggests, Alain Finkielkraut is Jewish. If wikipedia s to be trusted, his father was from Poland.

    As a first generation citizen, a Jew, and Zionist he is not partial to FN. But his comments are enough to get death threats from the left and Islamic colonists.

  • Charles W.

    I was unable to make it through the entire article due to my burning desire to kick the interviewer in the face.

  • M.

    “The Italians, Spaniards, Poles and European Jews had no difficulties becoming French patriots. Why is this no longer working?”

    That’s why:

    • NeanderthalDNA

      That’s a great graphic. Source?

  • M.

    French politicians were a lot more sensible decades ago:

    “It
    is very good that there are yellow French, black French, brown French.
    They show that France is open to all races and has a universal vocation.
    But [it is good] on condition that they remain a small minority.
    Otherwise, France would no longer be France. We are primarily a European
    people of the white race, Greek and Latin culture, and the Christian
    religion.

    Let’s not fool ourselves! Muslims…
    have you seen them? Have you watched them with their turbans and
    jellabas? You can see that they are not French! Those who advocate
    integration have the brain of a hummingbird, however knowledgeable they
    may be. Try to mix oil and vinegar. Shake the bottle. After a second,
    they will separate again.

    Arabs are Arabs; the French are
    French. Do you think the French body politic can absorb ten million
    Muslims, who tomorrow will be twenty million, after tomorrow forty? If
    we integrated, if all the Arabs and Berbers of Algeria were considered
    French, would you prevent them to settle in France, where the standard
    of living is so much higher? My village would no longer be called
    Colombey-The-Two-Churches but Colombey-The-Two-Mosques.”

    (Charles de Gaulle, former French President,1959)

    • Berkeley Guy

      Excellent and clear quote. Where did you find this online? I would like to visit such a site.

  • M.

    The spirit of the “Republic” is inherently anti-white and will fail eventually, because it is color-blind. It focuses on culture. But culture can only be adopted and carried on by people who are racially close.

    Black people and North Africans will never be true Frenchmen, even if they wanted to. Most of them won’t anyway.

    • Berkeley Guy

      Yes, culture is due not only to environment, but is also a mirror of the people within that environment. All the French could move to Canada tomorrow and they would still be French people, bringing their culture with them despite the new environment. Small things would change, but the overall expression would remain the same.

  • Franklin_Ryckaert

    Does Alain Finkielkraut really care about the Français de souche or is he only concerned about his own tribal interests? Muslim immigration in France is not “good for the Jews”, that has become clear enough by now. Therefore Finkielkraut is against Muslim immigration, but only on French cultural grounds and not on French ethnic grounds. What if the relationship between Muslims and Jews in France were good instead? I suspect in that case Finkielkraut would advocate for even more Muslim immigration.

    • Erasmus

      Finkielkraut and his fellow eskimos are the ones who’ve worked so mightily to undermine the countries where they’ve been squatting, and now he’s complaining what’s happened to France. Ironic, n’est-ce pas?

      • Franklin_Ryckaert

        Their tactic will be to blame that not on their co-ethnics but on “liberals”.
        In the US Lawrence Auster did that all the time.

  • Massif1

    Englishmen, Italians, Welsh, Irish, German, and other European nationalities came to America and became Americans. Blacks have been here for over 200-300 years; free citizens from 1865 and still can’t act like civilized people.

  • jeffaral

    Intellectuals, especially the French ones, are the most irrelevant people on the planet: they live in their own bourgeoise bubble. Mr Finkelkraut, a non-French , should keep his mouth shut!

  • jeffaral

    Der Spiegel is a very vicious, anti-German magazin.

  • WR_the_realist

    SPIEGEL: But this has worked for a long time. The Italians,
    Spaniards, Poles and European Jews had no difficulties becoming French
    patriots. Why is this no longer working?

    Finkielkraut couldn’t bring himself to state the obvious: Those earlier immigrants were all white.

    The SPEIGEL droid seems to think that multiculturalism is working just fine here in the United States. In reality it has ruined our schools, put Americans out of work, made large areas of our country a no go zone for native born Americans, and stripped away our first amendment rights.