« These foreigners who are destroying France », Jacques Attali’s answer to Eric Zemmour


30 September 2021, Les Echos.fr – ECHOFR French

We can never say enough bad things about all these people from elsewhere who, for centuries, have been striving to disfigure France, to destroy it, to bring it only the worst. And even worse, they give birth to children who continue their destructive work.

Among those born abroad, countless enemies of the French identity, a few names, in bulk : from Italy (Mazarin, Catherine de Medici, Casanova, Elsa Schiaparelli, Guillaume Apollinaire, Yves Montand, Pierre Cardin, Marcel Bich, Sergio Reggiani), from Germany (Simone Signoret) Austria (Romy Schneider), Spain (Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Jorge Semprún, Michel del Castillo, Cristóbal Balenciaga), Switzerland (Blaise Cendrars, Françoise Giroud, Le Corbusier), Belgium (Raymond Devos, Robert Denoël, Agnès Varda), Greece (Kostas Axelos, Vassilis Alexakis, Costa-Gavras, Iannis Xenakis), Czech Republic (Milan Kundera), Poland (Frédéric Chopin, Marie Curie, Henri Krasucki, Octave Klaba, Jean-Marie Lustiger), Lithuania (Emmanuel Levinas), Hungary (Joseph Kosma), Finland (Ellen Thesleff, Helene Schjerfbeck, Elin Danielson-Gambogi), Sweden (Siri Derkert, Hanna Hirsch-Pauli), Belarus (Marc Chagall), Russia (Nicolas de Staël, Romain Gary, Vassily Kandinsky, Arthur Adamov, the Countess of Segur, Andreï Makine, Léon Poliakov, Nathalie Sarraute, Henri Troyat, Elsa Triolet, Anna Golubkina, Marie Vassilieff), from Ukraine (Georges Charpak, Serge Lifar), from Bulgaria (Tzvetan Todorov), from Serbia (Enki Bilal), from Romania (Eugène Ionesco, Cioran, Brancusi), Cuba (José-Maria de Heredia), Uruguay (Jules Supervielle), Brazil (Tarsila do Amaral), Argentina (Joseph Kessel), the United States (Julien Green, Jules Dassin, Joe Dassin, Joséphine Baker), Egypt (Albert Cossery, Guy Béart, Georges Moustaki, Dalida, Claude François, Andrée Chedid, Louis Chedid), Morocco (Serge Haroche, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Jean Reno, Gad Elmaleh, Jamel Debbouze) ; Tunisia (Georges Wolinski, Azzedine Alaïa), Algeria (José Aboulker, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Cohen-Tannoudji, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean Daniel, Kad Merad, Patrick Bruel), Senegal (Ousmane Sembène), Turkey (Missak Manouchian, Henri Verneuil), Iran (Marjane Satrapi), Lebanon (Rodolphe Saadé, Ibrahim Maalouf), Syria (Mohamed Altrad), China (François Cheng, Cai Guo-Qiang, Zao Wou-Ki, Fang Junbi), Japan (Kenzo Takada). And so many others, including, at least, very recently, great business leaders, great doctors, exceptional researchers, two mayors of Paris, dozens of ministers and two prime ministers.

A comforting nothingness

Nor should we forget those who were born in France to a parent from abroad, and who have done, or are still doing, as everyone knows, the greatest harm to the French identity: Germaine de Staël, Irène Joliot-Curie, Albert Uderzo, René Goscinny, Robert Badinter, Zinedine Zidane, Emile Zola, Emile and Isaac Pereire, Henri Bergson, Roger Vadim, Marcel Marceau, Charles Aznavour, Coluche, Edgar Morin, Isabelle Adjani, Fabrice Luchini, Raymond Kopa, Serge Gainsbourg, Vladimir Jankélévitch, Omar Sy, Jacques Tati, Roman Polanski, Emmanuelle Béart, Jeanne Moreau, Johnny Hallyday, Josiane Balasko, Manu Chao, Louis de Funès, Michel Jonasz, Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Georges Brassens, François Cavanna, Joann Sfar, Lino Ventura, Francis Cabrel, Léon Gambetta, Michel Platini, Bernard Kouchner, Claude Berri, Agnés Jaoui, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Georges Perec, Catherine Ringer, Françoise Dolto, Gérard Oury, Michel Polnareff, Maxime Rodinson, Pierre-André Taguieff, Marina Vlady, Alain Prost, Yannick Noah, Robert Hossein, Yasmina Reza, Francis Picabia. And so many others, including very recently, hundreds of mayors, dozens of ministers and a president of the Republic.

To these we must add all those who, men and women, anonymous, have done so much harm to France by giving their lives in combat. And finally, those who, by the millions, have come for more than two centuries, and still come to bring their knowledge, their creativity, their work; whether they are (in the feminine or in the masculine) policemen, magistrates, firemen, doctors, teachers, researchers, lawyers, engineers, financiers, journalists, artists, cooks, drivers, bodyworkers, miners, masons, plumbers, garbage collectors, nurses, maternal assistants, care assistants; and so many others.

Thanks to heaven, we have also been able, over the centuries, to drive out many Protestants, Jews and Muslims, who disfigured our country and left to enrich others.

One more effort, and we will soon be free of any foreign presence, without any great or small replacement, in a comforting nothingness.