Robert Badinter, member of the socialist party, former Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Constitutional Council and known for having championed the abolition of the death penalty in France in 1981, stated about the french identity: "It is extremely simple to explain the component of the national identity : community of cultures, community of shared values and common destiny. Here you have the national identity, from this, conference, seminar, book publishing... We do not need to go debate in prefectures under the leadership of the Republic's president." ("C'est d'une extrême simplicité les composante de l'identité nationale : communauté de culture, communauté de valeurs, communauté de destin. Vous l'avez l'identité nationale, alors à partir de cela, colloque, séminaire, livre, édition; on a pas besoin pour ca d'aller débattre dans les préfectures sous la houlette du président de la République.")
As the election of the new French president was coming up (2017), all politicians were trying to prove that they are more French than the others. When you add this world climate of fear we are facing nowadays, it is easy to arrive to a certain form of racism hidden through nationalism.
Recently a French politician, Nadine Morano, Republican, said: “ We are a judo-Christian country, as the General de Gaulle said, from a white race, that takes in foreigners.”
Knowing that the General said that almost 70 years ago, that several immigration wave went by until now, that the country is supposed to stand for certain values, that the use of the term “Race” has been removed from the French constitution, we can ask: What is it to be “French” in 2015?
It is time to refresh memories towards a contemporary french identity. So this is a call “A tous les Français”:
Enough baguettes, croissants, berets & moustaches. We want to get rid of the common clichés people have about France, even more French people about themselves. We bring our identity, our national identity to a higher level. We as a multicultural people have to live with each other in harmony on the same ground. Coming from different horizons, religions, cultures, social status, etc, we still share a sens of unity. We underline our statements with our common language and common tricolors blue, white and red combined with a selected vocabulary of values, virtues & morals.
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