As per France24 and the video below from Le Parisien, “French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Sunday to stand firm against racism but also praised police and insisted that France wouldn’t take down statues of controversial, colonial-era figures”.
In his address to the nation, he warned that the “noble struggle” against discrimination risks being led astray by “communitarianism” and a “hateful, false rewriting of the past”.
He said: “I tell you very clearly this evening, my dear fellow compatriots: the Republic will not wipe out any trace or any name from its history. It will forget none of its works. It will overturn no statue.”
France will look “lucidly, together, at all our history, all our memory”… “in particular its colonial relationship with Africa… to build a possible present and future on both sides of the Mediterranean”.
In the process of doing so, he talked about “a will to establish the truth but under no circumstances revisiting or denying what we are”, he firmly stated whilst looking straight in the camera.
Mind you, this aligns with the message of Mr. Trump: Of course, no to discrimination and racism but a definite no to destruction and chaos. Mr. Trump went even further by cutting the funding of organizations fueling what Mr. Macron called “communitarism”.
The communitarism Mr. Macron is referring to is easy to fuel in volatile places of the world (i.e., Lebanon)… but luckily there too, politicians, religious leaders, and so far the desperate population seem to know (at least until now ☹) that there is a red line not to be crossed… for the sake of the safety of everyone.