The great malaise of the Muslim elites of France

The great malaise of the Muslim elites of France
The great malaise of the Muslim elites of France

For several years, Muslim elites have suffered a real bashing in France. Forced to change their name, that doesn’t seem to be enough. Excluded from the social body, the latter were forced to leave France.

“France, you love it but you left it”, is the title of the book by three academics, Alice Picard, Olivier Esteves and Julien Talpin, who investigated the “silent flight” of the Muslim elite of France. Their study is based on more than 1,000 testimonies from people born and raised in France, but who, one day, chose to leave. All are of the Muslim faith, whether their names are Smaïl, Karim, Khalid, Nouria or even Emeline. If they left, most of the time, it is so that we “leave them peace with their religion”, popularizes one of the co-authors, Olivier Esteves, professor specializing in the English-speaking world at the University of Lille. Remember that it was the New York Times which was the first to highlight this sociological phenomenon.

“Atmospheric Islamophobia”

In recent decades, the France of Jean Jaurès, Victor Hugo and Zola has been plunged into a form of obscurantism against a backdrop of passion. The followers of the great replacement have made Muslims a target in France. Forgetting the real fundamental problems of society, certain politicians have chosen, in recent years, to play on passions to gain an audience. According to the book, two main motivations emerge from this sociological survey to justify the departure: 71% of those questioned during the survey mention “racism and discrimination” and 63% spontaneously put forward the “difficulty of living their religion peacefully” . For Alice Picard, co-author and researcher, it is an “atmospheric Islamophobia”.

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Note that a 2017 public survey revealed that French Arab or black men were 20 times more likely to be identified by the police. A government report released in November 2021 found that candidates with the name “Arab” were 31% less likely to be called for job interviews.

One of our sources within the international firm Asafo qualifies this by telling us that this survey shows more of the decline in French attractiveness. “It is very simplistic to believe that these departures would only be caused by discrimination. Today we have French people from all walks of life who are leaving France for Canada or even the USA. It’s a question of opportunity,” explains the Source.

Identitarians, happy winners?

“Today, you will find in Drancy, Montreuil and Château Rouge, you have regions which are non-France zones. There are territories today where a French person who was born there is no longer in France,” declared candidate Eric Zemmour, in the 2022 elections. A speech exacerbated with the rise in terrorist actions and vandalism there. against the police (murder of Samuel Paty, a police officer).

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Today, we therefore note a real peak in the curve of identity discourse where the denial of Frenchness of a segment of the population is used as a Trojan horse serving political agendas. Zemmour, Jean Messiha, Le Pen mother and daughter, the list is long! The apostles of the new France who wish to make some people stateless are more mobilized than ever. And in the axis of identity, from the most moderate to the most extreme, Islam and immigration constitute the spearhead of their communication. “In the cities, classes are no longer held. Secularism, culture, French morals are no longer respected. Because immigrant populations want to live like there. And in Islam secularism does not exist. Islam is submission,” declared Zemmour (a theory from Renaud Camus taken up by the latter).

However, at a time when certain French people are banned from the media or social networks, today we are witnessing total indifference to the establishment of ultra-radicalized discourse in the national field. Which raises questions about this France loving freedom, equality, fraternity and remaining attached to humanist values. Furthermore, it must be emphasized that this discourse builds its legitimacy on the frustrations of the masses in a France weakened by the economic situation.



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