Conservative politician Gilles Platret was blasted by members of his own party and reported to the authorities after claiming that French people were being “ethnically cleansed” by Muslim migrants.
REMIX News In certain French regions, the Muslim immigrants who settled there are harassing the indigenous population to the extent that it amounts to “ethnic cleansing,” said Gilles Platret, mayor of the central French town of Chalon-sur-Saône, on the news program of the popular CNews television channel.
“In certain neighborhoods — and I am going to use a strong word that will raise some eyebrows — I sense a certain ‘ethnic cleansing,’ meaning that you have people of foreign origin who are slowly hunting what demographic experts call the ‘natives,’ that is people who are from that county, to make place for themselves,” said Platret, who belongs to Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party.
“We see people of Muslim immigrant background in neighborhoods physically and verbally assaulting older people. They tell them that they ‘must clear out,’” said Platret.
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His statement caused some rumblings in the studio, but Platret continued: “The words do not matter. In more concrete terms, people not belonging to a Muslim group are being pushed out through violence, threats, and insults. They are being ejected from these neighborhoods and that is a reality.”
Summit News Unlike other Western European countries, the debate on immigration continues to grow, with poll after poll showing that a majority of the population is against accepting more immigrants. The country, which already has the largest share of Muslim immigrants in all of Europe, takes in an estimated 400,000 foreigners a year.
A number of prominent French journalists, intellectuals and authors have discussed the topic of the “Great Replacement,” which they argue is taking place both in Europe and the United States, and involves mass migration displacing European peoples.
In French cities, many formerly French neighborhoods have entirely transformed into majority immigrant enclaves, many of them taking on their own culture — one that is often hostile towards both women and the French.
“I call that ethnic cleansing because of differences in the origins of population groups and the fact that certain groups are chasing out others,” Platret said. “The Great Replacement is supposed to mean that for 50 years there has been a political project to replace the (French) population. I do not share that point of view, because it was not France which decided to replace its own population.”
This is a dubious claim given that Marine Le Pen and French intellectual Eric Zemmour, who have made similar comments, are Emmanuel Macron’s closest rivals in the 2022 presidential election.
Aurélien Taché, an MP for Val-d’Oise, was so offended by Platret’s statements that she reported him to the authorities for “incitement to hatred.” However, Platret stood behind his words, insisting that uniformity of opinion shouldn’t be treated as a virtue.
Although he has not yet formally said he will run in the election, mass Muslim migration critic Eric Zemmour has moved to within just five points of President Macron in the polls. Zemmour has called for France’s notorious Islamic ghetto no-go zones, which are routinely the scene of violence and mass rioting, to be “re-conquered by force.”
As we previously highlighted, “diversity” in France has been such a failure that even Conservative presidential candidate Xavier Bertrand recently warned that the country faces the risk of a “civil war” due its problems with gang violence and uncontrolled mass immigration.
A poll taken back in April found that the majority of French citizens thought some form of “civil war” was likely as a result of failed multiculturalism and attacks on French identity.
The poll was prompted by a letter that was signed by 1,000 military servicemembers, including 20 retired generals, warning President Macron of “several deadly dangers” threatening France, including “Islamism and the hordes of the banlieue,” a reference to the fractured suburbs around major cities with high crime and immigrant populations.