Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sarkozy Abandons Multiculturalism

Correction: at 3:52 Sarcozy says: "We are a "laïque [secular]" country, not a
catholique" [Catholic] country.

H/t: Gates of Vienna.


  1. I'm lazy ... I'll wait for the English version.

  2. @Odie - As long as it's not the Arabic version, I'm happy! :D

  3. I lived in Paris for four years and my French isn't great but the translation's surprisingly good. Thank goodness for the English written there below! I don't take it to mean he's throwing Catholicism or any other religion out the window when he says "we're secular". We'd have to say that here, too (more's the pity)...we DO say that here.
    I believe it's his intention to say we're not Christian per se, nobody's keeping anybody out who isn't Catholic, for example,...everybody can worship as they want as long as they're not "aggressive" or wear clothing that doesn't fit into the French landscape (the burka), and they stay out of the street when they pray en masse. I'm hoping that's what he meant, anyway.

  4. @Z - I agree. Sarcozy is pointing out that France is losing its cultural identity by caving in to Muslim demands that France make way for the Muslim culture. The two cultures are incompatible. How can French women be expected to give up their freedoms, for example, out of "respect" for Shariah law.