By Emmanuel Todd
Within the wake of the assault at the places of work of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on 7 January 2015, thousands took to the streets to illustrate their revulsion, expressing a wish to reaffirm the beliefs of the French Republic: liberté, égalité, fraternité. yet who have been the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators who have been without notice united below the one cry of ‘Je suis Charlie’?
In this probing new publication, Emmanuel Todd investigates the cartography and sociology of the 3 to 4 million who marched in Paris and throughout France and attracts a few unsettling conclusions. For whereas they claimed to aid liberal, republican values, the true center sessions who marched on that day of angry protest additionally had a relatively diversified programme in brain, person who used to be a ways faraway from their proclaimed perfect. Their deep values have been in truth extra similar to the main miserable points of France’s nationwide background: conservatism, selfishness, domination and inequality.
By making a choice on the anthropological, non secular, financial and political forces that introduced France to the sting of the abyss, Todd unearths the genuine hazards posed to all western societies while the pursuits of privileged heart sessions paintings opposed to marginalised and immigrant teams. should still we actually proceed to mistreat youth, strength the kids of immigrants to continue to exist the outskirts of our towns, consign the poorer periods to the remoter components of the rustic, demonise Islam, and make allowance the expansion of an ever extra menacing anti-Semitism? whereas asking uncomfortable questions and delivering no effortless options, Todd issues to the tricky and unsure direction that will bring about an lodging with Islam instead of a deepening and divisive war of words.
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