Eric Zemmour, a prominent but controversial right wing French figure, is author of the hugely popular book, “The French Suicide,” which sold more than a million copies in 2015. Once again, Zemmour has ignited considerable controversy in the media by blaming all the troubles of France on French Muslim communities, particularly from North Africa – the kind of opinions he has been prosecuted in the French court for expressing.
Forbes Eric Zemmour says one of France’s fatal errors in the past 40 years was the 1974 immigration law that allowed for immigrants to bring over their close family members. Zemmour’s comments linking the problems of immigration to North African immigrants reflect a popular perception that exists for several reasons.
Zemour has stated that “There is neither a right to asylum nor economic migration; there is only invasion of the peoples from the South to the North.”
First of all, France’s colonial ties with the Maghreb countries inevitably created a common history. French identity is linked to this colonial past. There is a deep fear of a turnaround where France itself will be transformed into a colony by a foreign cultural invasion.
France also fervently defends the concept of secularism which collides with the allegiance of these immigrants to Islam. For example, offering an alternative to pork in school lunches has grown into a huge debate.
Integrating the Maghrebian community has been difficult. Following the Second World War, the African mainly Muslim migrants were not integrated, nor have their descendants integrated and instead, those descendants now live in ghettos where their living conditions are badly deteriorating and where they feel marginalized.
It does not help that nearly half of those who left Europe for Syria to fight in “the jihad” there were from France. Nor does it help that there is a large number of people in these minority communities with “fiche S” status – that is to say, they are under police scrutiny, even if they are not under arrest. Add the fact that French authorities dismantled several Islamist terrorist cells linked to this community and you have the toxic mix that plagues France today.
France is known for having large populations of African Muslim concentrated in cities like Paris and Marseille. Many of them are Muslim migrants, especially those from northern or north west Africa. The country now has six million Muslims, or almost nine per cent of the population. But an imam thinks the number is far bigger and there are ten million in France.
Always controversial, Eric Zemmour, 60, has already been convicted in 2011 for incitement to hatred and May 2018 for incitement to religious hatred.
Voice of Europe In 2016, a Paris Court of Appeals fined Eric Zemmour 5,000 euros for inciting hatred against Muslims, TRT reports. Zemmour talked about the “Islamic invasion” that France was facing and he warned about the risks of a religious civil war in France. The judges found that the Jewish-French author had, in a 2016 TV interview, incited hatred against Muslims.
In the litigious interview, Zemmour spoke of the migrant crisis as a “Muslim invasion”. He also said that in an effort to avoid a future religious civil war, the French Muslims will have “to choose between their religion and their country”.
This was too much for the Parisian judges who’ve characterized Zemmour’s thesis as an “Islamophobic speech” and Zemmour had “gone beyond the permitted bounds of the right to freedom of speech”.
Violence against non-Muslims in France by African Muslim migrants continues to escalate as these recent videos confirm: