France Shaken Up by Zemmour and ‘New Reactionaries’

Hugh Schofield, BBC News, December 14, 201

There is a new intellectual force in France–giving shape and weight to ideas that challenge the disastrous post-1968 left-wing consensus.

That at least is the hope of the so-called neo-reactionnaires (new reactionaries)–a loose group of writers and thinkers who want to shake up debate on issues like immigration, Islam and national identity.

Of course others see the group rather differently.

For their enemies they are rabble-rousers, providing spurious philosophical cover for the extremism of the National Front (FN).

Most famous of the exponents is journalist Eric Zemmour, whose new book French Suicide reads like a desperate cavalry charge, sabre aloft, into the massed ranks of the progressives.

Seizing popular culture

Zemmour is scorned by most of the Paris establishment but his book is a runaway bestseller. To date it has sold 400,000 copies.

“The big divide today is between the elite and the people,” he tells me at Le Figaro newspaper’s headquarters, where he works.

“And that is why my book has done so well. Because I have become a kind of representative of the people. They have adopted me. They say that what I write is what they think.”

Zemmour is a small, slight man, whose timid air quickly vanishes when he warms to his theme. He has the intellectual confidence and volubility of the school swot, and is probably inured to the swot’s unpopularity.

Ironically, Zemmour’s inspiration is not some right-winger but Italian Marxist thinker Antonio Gramsci. Gramsci wrote that for the left to win, it had first to take over popular culture.

And that, according to Zemmour, has indeed been the French left’s greatest achievement.

“First of all there were the deconstructionist philosophers of the 1960s, who said that everything was social and therefore artificial.

“Then that philosophy was carried into the national bloodstream via the intermediary of derision. The greatest example is our comic Coluche.

“With his amazing talent, Coluche undermined the structures of French society–nation, family, police. When he ran for the presidency in 1981, he was supported by the well-known deconstructionist philosophers. That says it all.

“So after deconstruction, and then derision, we are now in the phase of destruction. It is what I call the three Ds,” he says.

But isn’t “destruction” putting it a bit strongly? After all, France is still standing tall among the nations. Just about.

“Not at all. The sovereignty of the nation has disappeared. The state no longer has the power to revive the economy, or to defend our borders. The state is powerless.

“There are parts of France which feel like a different continent today. There are neighbourhoods which are completely Muslim–in their appearance, in their shops, in their tradition.

“And at the same time we have the constant process of Americanisation. Our budget is controlled by Brussels. We have no currency. Our army has to follow Washington’s orders.

“That is what I mean by destruction.”

‘Another people’s history’

Other well-known figures in the movement include philosopher Alain Finkielkraut. Formerly identified with the political left, he was nearly blackballed this year from the prestigious Academie Francaise because of his writings on national identity.

More controversial is aesthete and prolific writer Renaud Camus, who lives in self-imposed isolation in a 14th-Century fortress in the wilds of Gascony.

Camus was ostracised from French literary society after he said he would vote for the far-right’s Marine Le Pen at the last election. Lacking a publisher, he now produces his own books.

“It’s absurd, because in most things there is nothing right wing about me. But I just happen to think that today’s immigration is the most important thing to have happened to France–ever,” he says.

“It is what I call ‘le grand remplacement’–the great replacement. If there is a new population in France, then we will no longer have our own history. It will be another people’s history, and another people’s civilisation.”

Camus strongly resists charges that he is racist.

“Of course I have been called a racist. I have given up fighting it. I do not see myself as one. I don’t think I am unfair about other races. I do not seek to judge.

“But I do think that ethnic belonging is an important factor in the history of the world. It would be absurd to pretend otherwise.

“France has been very good at integrating individuals. But you cannot integrate whole peoples. If immigrants come from a different civilisation which they have no particular interest in abandoning, then they will be representative of that civilisation.”

Outsiders and insiders

Back in Paris, a new magazine called Causeur has been created to disseminate the views of the “neo-reactionnaires”.

Founders Gil Mihaely and Elizabeth Levy say that mainstream publications are too scared to discuss issues such as immigration and national identity.

“France has had a very troubled history. And all that troubled past is still alive in people’s minds today,” says Mihaely.

“It means that people instinctively feel they have to be very careful what they say–or it could end in violence.

“But by not talking about real issues like immigration, we drove people to voting for the extremes. It is far healthier to broaden the spectrum of debate, which is what we are doing.”

While disowning any claim to belong to a new school of thought, Mihaely draws parallels with the recent history of French philosophy.

“In the late 1970s we had what became known as the ‘nouveaux philosophes’ (new philosophers). These were people like Bernard Henri-Levy, who broke away from the Sartre-inspired establishment because they could see the reality of totalitarianism in China and Russia.

“They saw a new reality, and realised they had to change their thinking. The same is happening now.

“Today there are thinkers who can see today’s new reality: the Arab world, our immigration neighbourhoods, Islam. And they realise they have to change their ideas.”

No allegiance claimed

The term “neo-reactionnaire” is an exonym. In other words it is a description applied to the group by outsiders. Insiders say they come from both camps–right and left.

“The big division today is over the nation state,” says Mihaely. “Is the state’s historic role finished, or is it still a major actor in the political, anthropological and cultural arenas?

“The question is not if you are left or right but if you believe in the nation.

“Our position is that the nation is still the only framework in which politics has any meaning. It is the only arena in which things can get done, where people can vote for change and change happens.”

None of the neo-reactionnaires–not even Camus–claims allegiance to the FN. Many of them are Jewish.

Nonetheless they stand accused, by expressing such strong views on Islam, identity and the nation, of promoting the cause of the far right.

Zemmour says he is fed up with being asked about the FN.

“Can’t they understand that the FN is not a cause, it is a consequence. It is a consequence of the disintegration of France.

“People vote for the FN to say to their elites, ‘Stop doing what you are doing!’ But they never do.

“It was Stalin who first realised how effective it was to turn the enemy into a fascist. That is what they are doing to us today.”

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  • Alexandra1973

    France pour les francaises.

    “If immigrants come from a different civilisation which they have no
    particular interest in abandoning, then they will be representative of
    that civilisation.”

    Like Mexicans over here.

    • Pathfinder75

      “Like Mexicans over here.”

      And Muslims EVERYWHERE.

      • Alexandra1973

        That too. Mexicans was the first group that popped into my mind.

        But yeah, we have a Muslim problem same as France.

      • Publius Pompilius Quietus

        Ethnic colonizers all act alike in their disregard of the nation which they seek to colonize.

    • Pathfinder75

      “Like Mexicans over here.”

      And Muslims EVERYWHERE.exicans

    • Guest

    • Guest

      Ethnic colonizers all act alike in their disregard of the nation which they seek to colonize.

    • newscomments70

      Where I live, we have Mexicans and Muslims…such a wonderful gift. I believe that the Muslims are much worse. Many Mexicans work and are Christian, speak European languages. Some are even white. (it’s still a mostly awful situation though). Muslims bring a savage religion, with the horrors of the middle ages. Some Mexicans have told me that they are horrified by the Muslims’ rapid growth in population.

      • Latino Nationalist

        Do you live in the U.S?

        • newscomments70


  • IstvanIN

    France is done, stick a fork in it. Hopefully Italy, Belgium, Luxemburg, Monaco and Germany will be able to wall off their borders with France.

    • Anna Tree

      IstvanIN, it’s as bad in Belgium, Muslims have their own party. Luxemburg won’t be able to do one thing, so small and its army is made of 450 professional soldiers, 340 enlisted recruits and 100 civilians. Monaco has many Muslims too, just very rich. Italy’s Italian population is getting old quick, they have the lowest birth rate.

      The solution is when all those countries, that is all the whites, will unite.
      It’s obvious that more and more whites are awaking, beside the Saxon 😉

      At least.

  • David Ashton

    This is NOT the time for AmRen’s “sillies” to question the sincerity of these French patriots of Jewish heritage. I worked alongside a French teacher of Jewish ancestry in London who had been forced out of Algerian Algeria and who worked hard on the Christian festivities, with an increasingly Pakistani school population. “There are just too many of them,” she said. “A home for anyone and everyone is a home for no-one.” Yes, I know all about the David Duke thesis & the rest, and there is some truth in it all. But you divide your real enemies not your de facto friends.

    • Henry Higgins

      David have you ever seen the film The Black Book? It recounts the story of the Dutch Resistance and how their jewish ‘patriots’ sacrificed real dutch patriots to save their own.
      There really is only one nation for them, no matter how much any of them claim otherwise.

      • alex

        It was in a movie. It must be true!

        • Henry Higgins

          Yeah its all Shoah business…

      • David Ashton

        No, I haven’t seen this film. I have seen more than enough of them, fiction or fact, about WW2 &c.

        I think I can say I have studied this complex question on a considerable scale from all angles over many years, and have come to some tentative conclusions. I shall not attempt to provide a reading list here.

        I have personally known both Jews and “antisemites” of all shades of opinion in my life, and would agree generally with your view of Jewish ethnocentrism. However, there are occasions when nations need not fight one another, and may even make common cause for specific purposes.

    • Sick of it

      I had a rather conservative German Jewish professor for German History. He didn’t even make a massive ordeal out of the Holocaust. He pointed out Jewish involvement in Socialist and Communist groups and the fact that they destroyed a once prosperous nation. I honestly had no idea what to make of him, but I still wouldn’t give him rule over my country. Or a Moroccan. Or an Australian to be blunt.

  • WR_the_realist

    At least the French have a far right extremist party to vote for. America’s sham democracy is designed to make sure we never have a choice. Is there anyone left who still thinks it matters whether the next president is Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton?

    • Alexandra1973

      No thinking person. Just more of the Bush/Clinton crime dynasty.

      • David Ashton

        Some Americans still think they are rid of hereditary rulers.

    • LeonNJ

      Jeb has a Hispanic son and speaks Spanish. He’s now as qualified to be president as Obama was in 2008.

  • Mary

    Bless these people! That the rich, beautiful history and culture of France is under such odious assault is an immense tragedy. Thankfully some are fighting back. The writer Renaud Camus makes an excellent point when he states that individuals can be integrated but whole peoples cannot. So when you invite much of the Muslim world and Africa to inhabit France, you will NOT have France anymore.

    • superlloyd

      I agree wholeheartedly. Why could’nt they have invited white South Africans instead of the two worst demographics in the world,if they wanted more diversity?

      • Alexandra1973

        They’d have to learn French, but hey, small price to pay to get out of that hellhole the ANC created.

  • libertarian1234

    “People vote for the FN to say to their elites, ‘Stop doing what you are doing!’ But they never do.”

    Which is EXACTLY what our last election said to the government, and as we watch the developments of the GOP right now we can see that the GOP management has no intention of bending to our will.

    It’s obvious their interests lie in protecting their wealth and power at the expense of giving up the country, its culture, history, and way of life, to different racial groups.

    • Yves Vannes

      And the French will make the same mistake in 2017 when they elect Sarko.

      • Anna Tree

        He won’t be elected.
        Marine Le Pen will.
        It’s not only a hope, it’s a conviction. Too much is happening lately, everywhere. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. And we are still enough whites to get there and close the tunnel.

        • libertarian1234

          I hope you’re right.

          It will be an earth-shattering event if you are, and it will cause an explosion of numbers for similar groups in other countries.

        • Yves Vannes

          God, I hope you are right. Because if it is Sarko that means 5 years of him and then 5 years of a Hollande clone. France can not survive another 10 years of this and still be France.

          • David Ashton

            “Paris is worth a Mass”. If Marine has to be nice to a few Gays and Jews to get elected, OK. But this will only be a first stage in a National European “Erneuerung”.

          • Sick of it

            It would be amusing if she tried playing nice with various Jews, as they will still do everything they can to keep her out of high office. Utter waste of time.

          • David Ashton

            Let’s see how it plays out.

  • LHathaway

    “The question is not if you are left or right but if you believe in the nation”.

    He’s correct, it is not about left or right, but it is not about the ‘nation’ either. The ‘nation’ is just another word distracting us from the real truth. As are the words, ‘history’, ‘culture’, ‘IQ’, ‘genetics’, ‘tradition’, ‘borders’, ‘common sense’ and even ‘immigration’. I fear we won’t get to the real issue until it is too late. What was the episode of NYPD Blue where detectives Sipowicz and Jimmy Smits rough up a suspect, getting tougher and tougher on the little guy until he is willing to face the real issue? France and the White world are not, apparently yet, willing to get to the real issue. The rest of the world, though, does not shy away from race and racial identity. They embrace it with a passionate gusto.

    • Anna Tree

      It’s the next step.
      And there is no other way, you are correct, and so we will stump on it.

    • David Ashton

      Keep pointing this out, and not only here.

      • LHathaway

        No one says anything here that would be beneficial for our cause. At least not the cause of whites. Quite the opposite. I kinda doubt my comments would be any different.

        • David Ashton

          I suppose I am included along with Jared Taylor and everyone else who say nothing here “beneficial” for “the cause of whites” and only say what harms it. So we shall have to agree to disagree, or you could stop posting comments you consider a waste of your own time.

  • dd121

    And I always thought it was completely natural to defend your family and tribe.

    • David Ashton


  • As a troll that comes here a lot might say, though I haven’t seen him here in awhile: Make my enlightenment dark, please!

    My New Year’s resolution is going be to strive to be more than just a dot on the neo-reactionary map.

    • Pathfinder75

      My own New Year’s resolution will be to make a serious commitment to being much more than a mere commenter in the comments section of neo- reactionary blogs,and do my dead-level best to help my fellow Whites survive and thrive in our hostile,anti-White dystopia.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      I think the ‘identity’ framing sells better in Peoria. Particularly the way Renaud Camus peddles it.

      Godspeed to you however you go with it.

  • Ed

    I think the French are further along in righting the ship from the disastrous course the Left set in the 60s. I wish them well.

  • JohnEngelman

    “They say that what I write is what they think.”

    – Eric Zemmour

    That is the key to a successful political message. One does not get places in politics by changing the minds of people. One gets places by articulating and channeling sentiments that already exist.

    This in turn is overlooked by political activists. They have difficulty understanding why others do not feel strongly about the issues they feel strongly about.

    If one feels strongly about something one is prone to overestimate the number of people who feel the same way. One is prone to underestimate the difficulty of converting others to one’s persuasion.

    That is why it is pointless to blame one’s political isolation on the propaganda and “brainwashing” of one’s political opponents. Brainwashing does not exist. Propaganda is only effective when it tells people what they want to believe, or what they know to be true in their lives.

    • me

      Tell that to the Negroes.

    • LHathaway

      “it is pointless to blame one’s political isolation on the propaganda and “brainwashing” of one’s political opponents. Brainwashing does not exist. Propaganda is only effective when it tells people what they want to believe, or what they know to be true in their lives”.

      We’ll be sure and embrace that message, John. We’ll be sure to adopt this mindset of yours and spread this idea far and wide. I like the sound of it. Brainwashing, bias and propaganda do not exist. You really are quite useful to us. We’ll be sure to fully embrace that idea once we are in charge.

    • David Ashton

      “Brainwashing” can and does exist. Your point about the secret of effective persuasion, however, is correct. We need to appeal to the self-interest of white people and go from there,

      • JohnEngelman

        “Brainwashing” is an unhelpful and a condescending concept. The idea behind brainwashing is that those whose brains have been washed are somehow too stupid to do their own thinking.

        The concept of brainwashing is similar to the Marxian concept of false consciousness. In the United States during the late 1960’s and the early 1970’s white blue collar workers were moving to the right. In 1968 millions of them voted for George Wallace. In 1972 most of these voted for Richard Nixon, reelecting him by a landslide.

        This was distressing to Marxists, and to those on the left in general (most of whom were and are not Marxists). They thought white blue collar workers should share their concerns about corporate wealth and power, and their goals for a more egalitarian society.

        They should have realized that white blue collar workers in the United States had legitimate concerns about black crime, affirmative action, forced school busing, immigration, and so on.

        Rather than attributing the disagreements of others to brainwashing, one should realize that even when people seem to have similar interests they often have different likes and dislikes.

        • LHathaway

          “The idea behind brainwashing is that those whose brains have been washed are somehow too stupid to do their own thinking”.

          A more appropriate word to use than brainwashing might perhaps be behavior conditioning and the work psychologist B.F. Skinner. Reward and punishment, can be designed not just to change behavior but to change thinking? In a sense the subject rationalizes after the fact the reasons for their behavior (fear of punishment/violence) and deciding they went along (with political correctness – in this case) because it was their own idea all the time. We see this in the military. Recruits being told what to do with fear hanging over their heads. Eventually, the recruit will decide, after the fact there must be a some Reason I obeyed every rule and regulation day after day. The military is a breeding ground for a conservative way of thinking and lifestyle.

          I disagree, slightly, with one point you make in your following comment, “They thought white blue collar workers should share their concerns about corporate wealth and power, and their goals for a more egalitarian society”. I’m just barely old enough. . . but I do remember what leftists and progressives were concerned about 40 years ago. The same folks who now say, corporations are the root of all evil (even as they have lost influence [sadly for American workers]) back then, they emphasized government as being the source of most evil. Forgetting this change of emphasis is at least somewhat a case of selective memory?

  • jayvbellis

    Opposing extremist Islam is always the most practical , effective issue – it forces the PC Left to defend or ignore Islam’s subjugation of women, gays, non Muslims, Muslim barbarism.

    Regular French people can give their middle finger salute to PC Leftists shouting “Racist” and confidently state that as French people they have the right to enjoy a glass of a French red wine and enjoy the sight of a pretty French girl not covered up in a Muslim tent.

    • LHathaway

      Disagree. It’s just another distraction. Likely another ‘white supremacist’ distraction, ‘we’re great, and in our superiority we have nothing to worry about, nothing to do to improve ourselves or our condition. Heck, what even is that condition? The Muslim population in France seems to continue to grow. . . What is the Muslim population in France today? I will say that if the Algerians can kick the French out of Algeria (because of their negative influence) and the world applaud, why can’t the French kick the Algerians out of France (despite all the diversity they bring and all the good they’re doing).

      I will say I wonder if this could all be some kind of giant reverse psychology exercise. More likely, a giant conspiracy pushing the idea that women on the Earth are attracted to violence. All that nasty violence all throughout history, it was all at the behest of the fairer sex.

  • voiceofstl

    Jeb Bushs wife looks like a pale latino, how did their son come out so dark? As a young man he spends alot time in the sun?

  • JustSayin

    I guess we can’t include links in our comments.

    I recommend everyone look up the article “Liberal Democracy vs. Transnational Progressivism: The Future of the Ideological Civil War Within the West” by a man named John Fonte, It’s quite enlightening to the underlying issue in this article, namely, the question of the future existence of the nation-state itself. My prior comment linked to a pdf but apparently couldn’t be allowed.

    • It does work but these posts can be delayed as links are approved by the moderator.

      Actually there is a recent book about how the left has taken over the modern intellectual movement and expelled conservatives to the regions of fringe lunatics. The book is “The Psychotic Left, from Jacobian France to the Occupy Movement” by Kerry Bolton.

      • JustSayin

        I’m going to have to check that one out. Thanks!

  • LackawannaErie

    “And at the same time we have the constant process of Americanisation. Our budget is controlled by Brussels. We have no currency. Our army has to follow Washington’s orders.”

    It’s fun watching American neocon influenced conservatives squirm as they try to deal with the cognitive dissonance of sympathizing with European nationalists who basically want the US Empire out of Europe.

  • jason sneed

    This cultural invasion by islams blacks and mexicans, is the direct result from the belief in the holocaust myth. It is from that guilt that such things became ingrained, this is exactly the rationale for the EU asylum policy which is the key vechicle for the invasion.