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Under Algerie-krigen demonstrerte algirere i Paris. De fikk en meget brutal behandling. Bakbundne demonstranter ble kastet i Seinen. Historien er senere kommet for en dag.

Byens politisjef het Charles Pasqua. Han var en av toppene innen Vichy-politiet. Hvordan han kunne fortsette i en så prominent stilling etter krigen sier en del om Frankrike på den tiden.

Det er 40-45 år siden. Pasqua er fratatt all ære. Nå er det totalt rollebytte: I våre dager er det franskmenn som «kastes i Seinen» av nordafrikanere og arabere. Hadde noen kunnet tro det for 50 år siden?

Hendelsen vi sikter til er elevdemonstrasjonen i Paris 8. mars, der intetanende ungdom ble angrepet av et tusentall nordafrikanere og arabere. Av pur hat og faen. Elevene ble fratruet mobiltelefoner og penger, men ble likevel jult opp. Politiet sto og så på.

Det var omfanget av angrepet, som må ha vært organisert, og de klare rasistiske overtonene, som gjorde det til noe mer enn vanlig gateuro.

The eyewitness accounts of victims, teachers, and most interestingly the attackers themselves gathered by the left-wing daily Le Monde confirm the motivation: racism.

Some of the attackers openly expressed their hatred of «little French people.» One 18-year-old named Heikel, a dual citizen of France and Tunisia, was proud of his actions. He explained that he had joined in just to «beat people up,» especially «little Frenchmen who look like victims.» He added with a satisfied smile that he had «a pleasant memory» of repeatedly kicking a student, already defenseless on the ground.

Another attacker explained the violence by saying that «little whites» don’t know how to fight and «are afraid because they are cowards.» Rachid, an Arab attacker, added that even an Arab can be considered a «little white» if he «has a French mindset.» The general sentiment was a desire
to «take revenge on whites.»

Sometimes petty theft appeared to be the initial motivation. One or two bullies would approach a student and ask for money or a cell phone. Even if the victim complied right away, they would start beating him or her. A striking account was provided by Luc Colpart, a history and geography teacher and member of the far-left union SUD. Colpart said the scenes of violence were so disturbing that he could not sleep for days. He saw students being beaten or pulled by the hair. He stressed that assailants who stole cell phones smashed them in front of their victims: «It was a game. Hatred and fun.»

Colpart, who is active in anti-racist causes, confirmed that «these were racial assaults,» and the attackers used «far-right slurs, violent and racist.» One black student he saw come to the defense of a fellow student under attack by three blacks was called «a white sellout» by the assailants. Some scores of victims were taken to hospitals. Those who were interviewed confirmed that they had been caught up in an «anti-white» rampage and that the cops did nothing to protect them.

Det er interessant at bøllene brukte skjellsord som minner sterkt om nynazisters. -Det finnes ingen god og dårlig rasisme, som en kommentator bemerket.

Frihet under angrep

Tzvetan Todorov sa noe interessant i et intervju nylig: -Nå er det anti-dreyfusardene som vinner.

Hans resonnnement inneholdt samme poeng som vi gjorde innledningsvis: historiske roller er byttet om. For ikke å si: historien reverseres. Friheten utvides ikke, selv om noen liker å tro at det med nødvendighet skjer med et fargerikt fellesskap. Den er under angrep, og må forsvare seg.

Men deler av det venstreorienterte establishment nekter å se det. De glatter over. Dog finnes det utbrytere og uavhengige. Alain Finkielkraut stilte seg i spissen for et opprop som ble kunngjort i Paris 25. mars. Om dette kan vi ikke erindre å ha lest ett ord i norske aviser, til tross for at Finkielkraut nylig besøkte Oslo.

In response to this event, a group of leading public figures, along with 1,000 high school students, issued a statement denouncing «anti-white» pogroms. Among them were the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, the journalist Jacques Julliard from the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, former minister of public health and founder of Doctors Without Borders Bernard Kouchner, bestselling Iranian-born author Chahdortt Djavann, the journalist Ghaleb Bencheikh, and the film director Elie Chouraqui. At a press conference announcing the release of the statement on March 25, Finkielkraut denounced Francophobia and Judeophobia.

Anti-fransk identitet

Finkielkraut fortalte etter forelesningen i Oslo at franske medier konsekvent fortier ubehagelige faktum om den gryende konflikten mellom innvandrere av muslimsk bakgrunn og innfødte. Særlig gjelder det at deler av den oppvoksende slekt inntar en anti-fransk holdning. Deres identitet defineres i motsetning til franske, republikanske verdier.

Nowhere are the new tensions more obvious than in schools, as documented in a report on the Islamization of French schools delivered to the minister of education in late 2004 by the inspector general of national education, Jean-Pierre Obin. Not publicly released at the time, it has since been leaked and posted on the website Proche-Orient.info.

Obin discusses the attitudes of Muslim students, some as young as first graders. He reports, for instance, that Muslim students, asked their nationality, answer, «Muslim.» When they are told that this is not a nationality and they are French, some insist that they can’t be French since they are Muslim. This should come as no surprise. The presidential commission that examined the issue of secularism in 2003 reported that «extremist groups are working to test the Republic’s strength and push some young people to reject France and her values.»

Venstresiden bommer igjen

Julliard, writing in the Nouvel Observateur, expressed dismay at the lack of public outcry over this display of racial hatred. He added that the left had already made the mistake of not denouncing violence in schools or soaring crime rates. And he sharply rejected the view endorsed by most left-wing organizations and individuals that the violence was an expression of class struggle, a clash between rich and poor. «Anyone should be ashamed,» Julliard wrote, «after all we went through in the 20th century, to offer such a coarse explanation. . . . There is no good and bad racism.»

Forakt for det franske

Statistikken viser en radikal økning i antall episoder med vold eller trusler, og 65 prosent gjelder jøder.

By coincidence, last week the French government’s human rights commission delivered to Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin its 2004 report on racism and anti-Semitism in France. The report underscores a worrisome pattern of retreat into separate ethnic communities. And the evidence of hostility is sobering: The number of violent acts and threats nearly doubled, from 833 in 2003 to a record 1,565 in 2004. Of these, 62 percent were directed against Jews, who make up just 1 percent of France’s population.

Men hva med skogen av hverdagshendelser, som ikke er alvorlige nok til å bli rapportert. De sier vel så mye, fordi de viser at fiendtligheten ikke er begrenset til et lite mindretall, men uttrykker en utbredt holdning.

These figures, of course, capture only incidents sufficiently severe to come to the attention of the authorities. Beneath the radar are other incidents, seemingly petty, yet telling, such as one I happened to witness in a Paris department store a few months back. A woman was pushing her baby in a stroller down an aisle. Behind her was a well-dressed, prosperous-looking Arab woman in a hurry. Suddenly the Arab woman pushed the mother, saying, «Move, dirty Frenchwoman» («Dégage, sale française»). The familiar epithet «dirty Jew» is apparently being extended for more general use.

Sikkerhet

Det later til at Nederland og Frankrike er de to landene hvor motsetningene er mest artikulert. I Europa hersker det taushet om utviklingen. Eliten har panikk. Det er derfor ikke unaturlig at man må gå til amerikanske medier for å finne virkeligheten beskrevet.

Tittelen på storyen er tatt på kornet:

Mugged by la Réalité
From the April 11, 2005 issue: The unreported race riot in France.
by Olivier Guitta

Documents første artikkel om saken:

-Frankrike en tikkende sosial bombe