Macron’s comments on race relations discussed by RT panelists
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Emmanuel Macron hit out at campaigns reducing members of France’s society to “their identity or their particularity.” He blamed “leftist American ideology” for causing uproars among citizens in recent years with a particular furious attack on the concept of intersectionality, which seeks to tackle discrimination and poverty by analysing the role race and gender have on people’s life chances. In an interview with Elle France, President Macron said: “The logic of intersectionality fractures everything. I stand for universalism.
“I don’t agree with a fight that reduces everyone to their identity or their particularity,” he continued.
“Social difficulties are not only explained by gender and the colour of your skin, but also by social inequalities.”
The president added: “I’m seeing society progressively more racial. We had freed ourselves from this approach and now we’re once more categorizing people according to their race and by doing that we are totally placing them under home arrest.
Commenting on the piece, RT UK presenter Kevin Owen said: “French integrity is at risk, at least according to President Macron who’s blaming leftist American ideology for dividing society.
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“Further, he thinks the US is winding the clock back on issues like race and gender.
“A fresh generation of activists in France denounced racism in the country and its colonial past while Macron claims it’s inequality holding society back.”
Eurasia Centre vice-president Earl Rasmussen insisted “woke culture” had been creating division across the international community.
He said: “The wokeism, the cancel culture, the overly identity type issues, the critical race theory are creating division.
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“Step backward and they start to break the society apart. He has a very valid point.”
A fellow RT UK panellist also noted the difference in the US and French societal makeup made it difficult to apply the same theories on racial relations and gender in both countries.
She said: “It’s an American import and the people who believe in this essentially are trying to use an American blueprint for French society which is very different from America.
“History is very different, our race relations are very different. The issue of slavery doesn’t exist in France in the way that it exists in America.
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“It has existed but not at all founding the existence of the country itself.”
President Macron earlier this year rejected calls to apologise for abuses towards Algeria carried out under France’s colonial power.
Mr Macron had previously conceded the actions of the French Government constituted “crimes against humanity” but ruled out “repentance” and “apologies” for the occupation of Algeria and the bloody, eight-year war of independence.
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