Melancolie Francaise (Le Livre de Poche) (French Edition)

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Si vous n'etes romain, soyez digne de l'etre. Pendant quinze siecles, ce vers de Corneille a porte l'ambition francaise: etre reconnue comme l'heritiere de Rome, de son Etat, de sa langue, de sa maniere unique d'assimiler les etrangers - a la fois hautaine et egalitaire - et meme de sa facon d'imposer la paix en Europe. Dans son style a la fois documente, precis et paradoxal, Eric Zemmour raconte cette obsession autour de laquelle s'est tisse notre roman historique national. Philippe Auguste, Louis XIV, Napoleon, Clemenceau croient toucher au but. Mais a chaque fois un croc-en-jambe les fait chuter, tantot la puissance anglo-saxonne - notre Carthage - ou bien la force allemande - notre meilleure eleve. A chaque fois aussi, la France s'invente des raisons d'y croire a nouveau, que celles-ci s'appellent les colonies, de Gaulle ou l'Europe. Sauf qu'aujourd'hui la mecanique imperiale est cassee. Comme si nous vivions deja a l'heure de la chute de l'empire, submerges par de nouveaux barbares ...

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Eric Zemmour, editorialiste au Figaro Magazine et a RTL, est aussi l'un des chroniqueurs de l'emission On n'est pas couche et de l'emission politique Ca se dispute sur itele. Il a notamment publie Petit frere en 2008, Le premier sexe en 2006 et L'Autre en 2004.

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ÉRIC ZEMMOUR, slight, dark, a live wire, fell over his own words, they were tumbling out so fast. He was fidgeting at the back of a half-empty cafe one recent evening near the offices of Le Figaro, the newspaper where he works, notwithstanding that detractors have lately tried to get him fired for his most recent inflammatory remarks about French blacks and Arabs on a television show. Mr. Zemmour, roughly speaking, is the Bill O Reilly of French letters. He was describing his latest book, French Melancholy, which has shot up the best-seller list here.

The end of French political power has brought the end of French, Mr. Zemmour said. Now even the French elite have given up. They don t care anymore. They all speak English. And the working class, I m not talking just about immigrants, they don t care about preserving the integrity of the language either.

Defending our language, defending the values it represents that is a battle for cultural diversity in the world, Mr. Sarkozy argued. The occasion for his speech was the 40th anniversary of the International Organization of the Francophonie, which celebrates French around the world. Mr. Sarkozy said the problem is not English itself but ready-to-wear culture, uniformity, monolingualism, by which of course he meant English. The larger argument about a decline of traditional values has struck a chord with conservative French voters perennially worried about the loss of French mojo.

The issue is somewhat akin to Americans complaining about the rise of Spanish in classrooms and elsewhere, but more acute here because of France s special, proprietary, albeit no longer entirely realistic relationship to French. French is now spoken mostly by people who aren t French. More than 50 percent of them are African. French speakers are more likely to be Haitians and Canadians, Algerians and Senegalese, immigrants from Africa and Southeast Asia and the Caribbean who have settled in France, bringing their native cultures with them.

Which raises the question: So what does French culture signify these days when there are some 200 million French speakers in the world but only 65 million are actually French? Culture in general and not just French culture has become increasingly unfixed, unstable, fragmentary and elective. Globalization has hastened the desire of more people, both groups and individuals, to differentiate themselves from one another to claim a distinct place in the world, and language has long been an obvious means to do so. In Canada the Quebecers tried outlawing signs and other public expressions in anything but French. Basque separatists have been murdering Spaniards in the name of political, linguistic and cultural independence, just as Franco imprisoned anyone who spoke Basque or Catalan. In Belgium the split between French and Dutch speakers has divided the country for ages. .

In America or Britain it is O.K. that people live in separate communities, black with black, white with white, he said, reflecting a certain antique perspective. But this is not French. France used to be about assimilation. But since the 1970s the French intelligentsia has called this neocolonialism. In fact it is globalization, and globalization in this respect really means Americanization.

But of course colorblind French Jacobin republicanism has always been a fiction if you were black or Muslim, and what s really happened lately, it seems, is that different racial and ethnic groups have begun to argue more loudly for their rights and assert their culture. The election of Barack Obama hastened the process, by pointing out how few blacks and Arabs here have gained political authority. --New York Times Book Review

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