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Attack on Bayonne Mosque, Suspect was admirer of Eric Zemmour, and a former candidate for the Front National.

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Suspect  wrote (2014), “My Dear Eric,  at Ruquier, you would have been more scathing, saying simply, we were at war against the Islamists…”

An 84-year-old man who once stood as a far-right candidate in local elections has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a shooting and arson attack that injured two people outside a mosque in south-west France. Two men aged 74 and 78 are in a serious but stable condition in hospital after the incident in Bayonne on Monday afternoon.

Police said a man tried to set fire to the door of the mosque and that when he was interrupted, he opened fire. The man then set fire to a car before fleeing, police said.

The suspect was arrested close to his home in the Landes, 10 miles away. The two injured men are believed to have been worshippers at the mosque.

A police source told Reuters that the suspect was a candidate in local elections in the Landes in 2015 for Marine Le Pen’s far-right party, Front National, which has since been renamed National Rally (Rassemblement National). He took 18% of the vote in the first round.

Guardian.

The suspect, Claude Sinké, was not only  a candidate for the Front National. He is an admirer of Eric Zemmour, the far-right polemicist who made the headlines in France recently and has been convicted of incitement to racial hatred.

The English speaking media offers little coverage of Zemmour, who for a long-time was best known as the author of the “declinist” door-stopper,  Le Suicide français (2014). It begins with the phrase, La France est l’homme malade de  L’europe  (France is the sick man of Europe). For those unwilling to fork out for its 538 pages the message is simple, and summarised by admirers and defenders. The book’s main thesis is that nation-states have declined in power and, above all that France has lost its historic leading role. The facade of the Nation is intact, but it has become a Museum, an historic Monument, without a living heart. This “Potemkin Republic” has been hollowed out in the wake of May 68, the Marxist revolutionaries, feminists and post-Christians  who have brought about the triumph of liberal globalist capitalism. They are the harbingers of individualism and national self-loathing.

Much of the controversy around Le Suicide français  centres on its ambiguous stand on the Vichy regime and its patriotism and paternalism,  which he argued gave a degree of protection) towards French Jews.

This, important as it is, should not mean neglecting the ideological heart of the tome.

Zemmour’s loathing of May 68,  like many on the British red-brown front, extends to the individualism of human rights politics,  which he sees as a justification for humanitarian intervention. He is a critic of neoliberalism, and the European Union. Zemmour welcomed the vote for Brexit, describing it as “Une nouvelle Révolution poussée par les vents d’Ouest” (a new revolution, blown by the winds of the West).

It’s his stand on immigration, arguing for the ‘somewhere’ people against migration promoted by elites, that has kept the writer in the public eye.

Pour Éric Zemmour, l’« impuissance » à assimiler les nouveaux immigrés, participe d’un « déclin » français. Il affirme qu’au « nom des droits de l’homme », les « élites » sont aujourd’hui des « prédicateurs » qui « bénissent des millions de « barbares » étrangers […] sans se préoccuper si ceux-ci […] ont envie d’adopter les mœurs de leur nouveau pays ; et se moquent éperdument de l’avis des populations autochtones qui subissent stoïquement ces vagues infinies »

For Eric Zemmour, the “incapacity” to assimilate new immigrants is part of French decline.  He says that in “the name of human rights”, the “elites” are today “sermonisers ” who “bless millions of foreign” barbarians “without worrying […] whether they want to adopt the customs of their new country; and could not care less about the opinions of the indigenous population who stoically put up with these endless waves (of immigrants)  “

He is a fervent supporter of national populism.

Recently Zemmour has attracted a great deal of attention.

As an admiring US site covers why,

Eric Zemmour’s Blockbuster Speech

Eric Zemmour, an Algerian-born French Jew, is a best-selling author and the most popular figure on the French Right. He delivered the keynote address at Marion Maréchal’s big Convention Of The Right in Paris last weekend (TAC’s Scott McConnell reported on it here). Zemmour is an extremely controversial figure in France. A French-speaking reader writes to say that after delivering his speech on Saturday.

Zemmour is now facing multiple lawsuits from anti-racist groups, has been roundly condemned in a petition by a French journalists’ association and has had media appearances and contracts cancelled. If nothing else, [the speech] should inform you as to the mood in France, at least among a rather large faction of the right.

Extracts:

We live under the reign of a new Hitler-Stalin Pact. Our two totalitarianisms have allied to destroy us before tearing each other to pieces. This is their shared objective, their Holy Grail. To the liberal human-rights crowd go the cities. To Islam goes the suburbs [les banlieues]. For now, the one group provides the other with domestics: pizza delivery, taxis, nannies, restaurant kitchens and drugs. With their media and judicial power, the others protect their domestics against the muted abhorrence of the French people they both loathe – one group because they are French and not American, the other because they are Catholic by culture, not Muslim.

In recent years, many clever people have compared the European Union to the defunct Soviet Union and the monetary weaponry of the ECB to the Warsaw Pact tanks launched in service of the Brezhnev Doctrine of limited sovereignty. In Italy, in England, we presently see the unusual effectiveness with which parliaments and judges are fighting the people’s will. Law and so-called constitutional procedures against the freedom of peoples. We have fully returned to those regimes that, in their turn, also claimed to be people’s democracies.

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I like Renaud Camus’ way of putting it: “one must choose between living and together” [a play on words on the slogan “vivre ensemble”]. The question today is thus that of the people. The people can remake a nation. The French people against the universalisms, whether market or Islamic. The French people against the cosmopolitan citizens of the world who feel closer to the inhabitants of New York or London than to their compatriots in Montélimar or Béziers and the French people against the Islamic universalism that is transforming Bobigny, Roubaix and Marseille into so many Islamic Republics and which waves the Algerian or Palestinian flags when its football team wins – I mean the team it loves, the team of their parents’ country, not the team of their ID or health insurance card.

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This question of identity is also the most unifying for it joins the working and middle classes and even that portion of the bourgeoisie that remains attached to its country. Yes, it brings together all currents of the right and even that part of the left that continues to have ties with the French people – all of them except the internationalist left and the globalist right, which have already joined ranks with the Macronist progressives and for whom France no longer exists and for whom all that matters are the cities of the world where the banks that manage their money are located.

The Nouvel Obs (2nd of October) described this speech as an implicit appeal to civil war.

« Le discours d’Eric Zemmour est, à demi-mot, un appel à la guerre civile »

Libération followed this,

Gérard Noiriel : «Les propos d’Eric Zemmour sont une incitation à demi-mot à la guerre civile»

Editorialising on the broadcast of the conference at which it was delivered le Monde talked of Televised Hatred.

Eric Zemmour et la haine télévisée

You can watch and hear the frankly foul rant in the original here;

 

Now it is being reported that the man suspected of the Bayonne Mosque attack is an admirer of Zemmour.

Attaque de la mosquée de Bayonne : ex-candidat FN, le suspect était aussi fan d’Eric Zemmour

Marianne.

The man is far from unknown in the Basque Country. Lionel Causse, MP LREM (la République en Marche) , worked with him when he was mayor of Saint-Martin de Seignanx. ” In the past, I had banned Claude Sinké’s access to the town hall because he always came to see me and was verbally violent with me and the staff of the town hall. He was, “Xenophobic and homophobic, ”  reports  Sud-Ouest.

We find traces of this retiree on different blogs and social networks,. These paint the profile of a man tormented, whose mind seems confused, describing himself as ” whimsical “. He also supported polemicist Eric Zemmour , recently convicted for provoking racial hatred.

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Many of his publications are devoted to his artistic activity. A Sud-Ouest article published in 2013 describes him as a ” Saint-Martin sculptor unclassifiable and committed “, also ” president of the association Les Amis des arts bayonnais “. On Facebook, he published a photo of himself with several sculptures, including one in  colours of the United States and another in those of the Basque Country.(See above)  ” I thought, in my early years that it was useful first to overcome the existential needs before expressing myself on the artistic level (…) I started with lamps and sculptures that you can see here. above . “

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Engaged – apparently – against globalised ultra-liberalism, Claude Sinké is also interested in women’s rights: “

On the site of Zemmour, the former FN candidate  wrote a message of support addressed to Eric Zemmour, published on the group entitled “the blog of those who love Eric Zemmour”.

See also: Attaque d’une mosquée à Bayonne : «Il était vindicatif contre certaines communautés»  Libération. 

Somebody was listening to Zemmour’s appeal.

 

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October 29, 2019 at 12:52 pm

The Great Replacement, Violent White Nationalism, from Christchurch to El Paso.

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Far-Right Call that Inspires Terrorism.

El Paso Massacre: Nihilism, Narcissism and White Nationalism

The alleged gunman is suspected of posting a 2,300-word manifesto titled “The Inconvenient Truth” moments before the attack. The manifesto referenced the Christchurch massacres in New Zealand that killed 51. According to the New York Times, the Christchurch mass murderer referenced:

“a white supremacist theory called ‘the great replacement.” The theory has been promoted by a French writer named Renaud Camus, and argues that elites in Europe have been working to replace white Europeans with immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa.” 

Psychology Today.Ravi Chandra

The Daily Beast perhaps has the best take on the influence of these ideas,

Kelly Weill: From El Paso to Christchurch, a Racist Lie Is Fueling Terrorist Attacks

Alleged killers in Christchurch, New ZealandPoway, California; and El Paso, Texas believed a theory that claims white people are being “replaced” by people of color through mass immigration. Conspiracy theorists often falsely claim this is a deliberate effort by any number of groups demonized on the far right: liberals, Democrats, Jews, Muslims. It’s the theory peddled by white supremacist groups seeking recruits and the torch-bearing marchers in Charlottesville two years ago. It’s also a thinly disguised—and often not disguised—talking point from some conservative politicians and pundits, experts say.

By leaving these conspiratorial manifestos, white supremacists are trying to add to a long and growing library of terror, and get others to follow their examples.

“They’re also trying to inspire others about the urgency of the moment. In particular with the New Zealand shooter, the Poway shooter, and this guy in El Paso, you see these ideas building on each other,” Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, told The Daily Beast.

“There’s no question these people are feeding off each other because they’re referencing prior manifestos. In the Poway case and the El Paso case, they both referenced Christchurch.”

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In name alone, the conspiracy theory began in 2011, with the book The Great Replacement by French author Renaud Camus. The anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant text likened the growth of non-white populations to the genocide of white people in European countries. This supposed genocide is non-existent. White supremacists use it as an excuse for violence anyway.

On August 11, 2017, white supremacists led a torchlit march on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia. The marchers chanted “you will not replace us,” or sometimes “Jews will not replace us,” in a callout to the conspiracy theory.

 

Here are reports on the alt-right web notice board involved.

Camus denies any connection with any killing.

In other word he denies any link.

 

He compares himself to a liberation movement and issues this call to arms.

France Inter disagrees, calling Camus’ writing a seminal text for the the radicalised young.

Le Grand Remplacement, texte séminal pour ces jeunes radicalisés

Many people have read Renaud Camus’ le grand remplacement, “ the great replacement” . Apart from the name, whose message takes two seconds to get, the book is short. Its appeal is that it is “a conspiracy theory that claims a global elite is conspiring against the European white populations to replace them with non-European peoples.”

In this simplicity Camus stands out from the intellectualised writings of people like Guillaume Faye (1949 – 2018), a key thinker in “identitarianism” and Alain de Benoist, a founder of the far-right Nouvelle Droite. Both are parents of the ‘alt-right’. Faye talked of “La Colonisation de l’Europe”  and ” ethnomasochism” by which Europeans denigrate their history faced with this ‘invasion’. Few people would follow with ease, however, the detailed pages in his writings on “L’Archéofuturisme“, beyond this rhetoric, “We are standing face to face with the barbarians. The enemy is no longer outside but inside the City, and the ruling ideology, paralysed, is incapable of spotting him. It stammers, overcome by its own moral disarmament, and is giving up: this is the time to seize the reins. Present society is an accomplice to the evil that is devouring it.”

Benoist’, who has written on nationalism, sovereignty, Nietzsche, Gramsci, the Indo-Europeans, neo-paganism (a theme he shares with Faye), Jesus, European Identity, and a  few more subjects, can be summed up in the belief that “European “identity” needs to be defended against erasure by immigration, global trade, multinational institutions, and left-wing multiculturalism.” (They Wanted To Be A Better Class Of White Nationalists. They Claimed This Man As Their Father J.Lester Feder and Pierre Buet).

Some of these ideas have fed into the left and have helped shaped the present-day ‘red-brown’ front.

The  ‘leftist’ intellectual US journal Telos translated Benoist’s Manifesto for a European Renaissance in 1999 and had a deep interest and sympathy for Faye. Some of the first renderings into English of the nouvelle droite current  were done by this one-time radical-chic publisher which counts Alain de Benoist as a regular contributor (Archeofuturism: European Visions of the Post-Catastrophic Age (Guillaume Faye).  More recently the criticism of ‘rootless cosmopolitans’ and behalf of the ‘somewhere’ people with deep ties to place and culture, a call taken up by supporters of the red-brown front the Full Brexit, and others, parallels Faye and Benoist’s right-wing identity politics with a new identity politics of the Brexit Party and pro-Brexit left. The ‘working class’ is seen is seen as a hereditary culture under threat from ‘globalism’ and its vehicle, the European Union. ‘Uncontrolled’ immigration is a common target. (1)

Yet the far-right goes much further, and raves at a ‘genocidal’ threat.

This is Guillaume Faye on the European Union, developing themes in the same vein as Camus (2016).

European peoples are surreptitiously victims of an attempt at genocide, demographic and cultural elimination, driven by their own ethno-masochistic and xenophile elites. This is an historical first.  The French authorities are, with the Belgians, the most involved in this enterprise of soft genocide. The is both physical and cultural.

Despite an apparent anti-racist ideology, it nevertheless follows a racial and racist goal: to eliminate from Europe, progressively, and in particular from France, the native populations. Eliminate them in five ways: by encouraging settlement immigration from outside Europe; discouraging native birth rates and penalizing middle-class families; by provoking the exile of young indigenous forces by dissuasive taxation measures; by favoring, in social, economic, legal and cultural terms, populations of non-European origin in relation to indigenous peoples; by penalizing and punishing all opposition to the global immigrationist project and any hindrance to its ideology.

A project of genocide of the European peoples? – by Guillaume Faye

On Camus I cannot recommend too highly this article: which should be read in full (extracts)

How Gay Icon Renaud Camus Became the Ideologue of White Supremacy

The bizarre odyssey of the “great replacement” theorist shows that kitsch can kill. James McAuley

A pioneering gay writer in the heady 1980s. A laureate of the Académie Française, a literary circle so rarefied that its members are known as les immortels. A radical champion of art for art’s sake who withdrew to a 14th-century château to live among the paintings and the pictures that were the only sources of meaning he ever seemed to recognize. These are all descriptions that might once have captured the essence of Renaud Camus.

His trademark was fearlessness, as evinced in his 1979 autobiographical novel, Tricks, which recounts in unsparing detail a string of nonchalant homosexual encounters the narrator has in nightclub bathrooms and grimy apartments on both sides of the Atlantic. “I put saliva in my ass, kneeled on both sides of him, and brought his penis, which was not of a very considerable size, inside me without much difficulty,” we read of one such encounter. “He came the moment one of my fingers was pressed inside the crack of his ass.” That was Camus then.

These days, the author of Tricks is better known as the principal architect of le grand remplacement (the great replacement), the conspiracy theory that white, Christian Europe is being invaded and destroyed by hordes of black and brown immigrants from North and sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2012, when it appeared as the title of a book Camus self-published, the term “great replacement” has become a rallying cry of white supremacists around the world—the demonstrators who stormed through Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017; the man who killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018; and especially Brenton Tarrant, the suspect in the New Zealand mosque attacks in March. Tarrant posted his own “The Great Replacement”—a 74-page online manifesto—before murdering 51 people.

The day after the Christchurch shooting, I called Camus out of the blue, reporting for The Washington Post. He told me then that he condemned this kind of violence but that he ultimately appreciated the attention these episodes have brought to his arguments. Does he resent “the fact that people take notice of the ethnic substitution that is in progress in my country?” he asked rhetorically. “No. To the contrary.”

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Who, after all, reads Renaud Camus in 2019? Not the literary critics who still study Céline and Pound. Camus’s target demographic is angry white men with no discernible culture or critical faculties who shoot up mosques and synagogues because it makes them feel superior. His work provides them with some kind of half-baked justification, based on the lie of le grand remplacement, which is indeed “the epitome of all that is spurious in the life of our times.”

Consider the following excerpt from “The Great Replacement,” the manifesto published online by Brenton Tarrant. He drew particular attention to his travels in France, the details of which have yet to be confirmed. “The final push was witnessing the state of French cities and towns. For many years I had been hearing and reading of the invasion of France by non-whites, many of these rumours and stories I believed to be exaggerations, created to push a political narrative. But once I arrived in France, I found the stories not only to be true, but profoundly understated.” Where had Tarrant been reading those stories? Perhaps Camus’s seminal achievement has been to show that kitsch can kill.

El Paso Murderer’s Manifesto Praised Renaud Camus’ The Great Replacement.

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“Hispanic community was not my target before I read The Great Replacement.”

 

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Louis Proyect has the Manifesto in a more readable form: The manifesto of the El Paso white supremacist killer.

The Manifesto, as can be seen, begins with a reference to the French far-right Great Replacement of  Renaud Camus, ” nearly complete ethnic and cultural destruction brought to the Native Americans by our European ancestors, but this just reinforces my point. The natives didn’t take the invasion of Europeans seriously, and now what’s left is just a shadow of what was. My motives for this attack are not at all personal. Actually the Hispanic community was not my target before I read The Great Replacement. “

There appears to be no citation of the other modern  fascist classic, which is often taken as a call to arms, The Camp of the Saints (French: Le Camp des Saints) by Jean Raspail.

This reference is only now being reported in the Francophone media.

Le texte commence par un message de soutien à l’auteur de la tuerie de Christchurch en Nouvelle-Zélande, qui avait fait 51 morts dans deux mosquées. Ce dernier avait aussi publié un manifeste, qui mentionnait notamment la théorie d’extrême droite contestée du “grand remplacement”. Le texte publié samedi exprime des idées similaires.

Written by Andrew Coates

August 4, 2019 at 10:51 am