1. Post #1

    September 2010
    457 Posts
    French interior minister stands by his remarks as critics denounced his comments as dangerous and xenophobic.

    The French interior minister has said he is standing by his remarks that not all civilisations are equal, even as critics denounced his comments as dangerous and xenophobic.

    "I do not regret [the comments]," Claude Gueant said on Sunday, though he accused critics of taking them "out of context"

    "Contrary to what the left's relativist ideology says, for us all civilisations are not of equal value," Gueant, who is also responsible for immigration, told a gathering of right-wing students on Saturday.

    "Those which defend humanity seem to us to be more advanced than those that do not," he said.

    "Those which defend liberty, equality and fraternity, seem to us superior to those which accept tyranny, the subservience of women, social and ethnic hatred," he said in his speech, a copy of which was obtained by the AFP news agency.

    He also stressed the need to "protect our civilisation".

    The left denounced his speech as an attempt by President Nicolas Sarkozy to woo supporters of the far-right National Front (FN) ahead of a two-round presidential election in April and May.

    Harlem Desir, the number two in the French Socialist Party, slammed "the pitiful provocation from a minister reduced to a mouthpiece for the FN".

    Bernard Cazeneuve, a spokesperson for Francois Hollande, the Socialist presidential candidate, denounced the remarks as "divisive and degrading," while the former Socialist candidate Segolene Royal called them "dangerous."

    Sarkozy's allies were quick to defend the minister, however.

    Gerard Longuet, France's defence minister, said it was simply "common sense" to suggest that civilisations could be ranked according to values such as "respecting personal rights, rejecting violence or abolishing the death penalty".

    Francois Baroin, finance minister, accused the left of "exploiting the statements for electoral gain".

    Gueant has repeatedly linked immigration with crime in France and last month said the delinquency rate among immigrants was "two to three times higher" than the national average.

    Last April, he declared that an increase in the number of Muslim faithful in France posed a "problem".

    He has also said that he wants to reduce the number of legal immigrants entering France, including those coming to work legally or to join their families.

    His latest comments came as the FN's presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is credited with about 20 per cent support in opinion polls.
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe...625127900.html
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  2. Post #2

    February 2012
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    What a moron.
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  3. Post #3
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    Crhem van der B's Avatar
    January 2010
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    Well, I can say for sure that the experiment called "Making Europe multi-cultural" definitely didn't work.
    I'm afraid (?) Europe will go back to its rather non-multi-cultural roots.
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    Dennab
    June 2005
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    Well, I can say for sure that the experiment called "Making Europe multi-cultural" definitely didn't work.
    I'm afraid (?) Europe will go back to its rather non-multi-cultural roots.
    Europe by definition is multi-cultural you dolt.
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  5. Post #5

    September 2010
    457 Posts
    Didin't notice the typo in the title, could a mod edit it?

  6. Post #6
    Triumph Forks's Avatar
    July 2009
    4,689 Posts
    Cool, so this guy's on the same level as people on the bus I hear ranting about how Asian people need to learn to talk English good

    Bravo
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    November 2009
    10,736 Posts
    Civilizations not being equal I could defend, equal requires criteria to compare and it's not hard to argue that the English as a civilisation have done more than Serbia for example.

    But then he brings it back to the standard bullshit as if it has some consequence on the scale of individuals. What a shame.
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  8. Post #8
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    Numidium's Avatar
    March 2010
    3,142 Posts
    His basic statement isn't wrong, but there's no need to insult minorities living in your country, especially if you're the fucking interior minister.
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    December 2008
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    I can already see Europe becoming racist in the future

  10. Post #10
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    Dennab
    June 2005
    15,081 Posts
    I can already see Europe becoming racist in the future
    What a brilliant mind.
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    March 2010
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    I can already see Europe becoming racist in the future
    "in the future"
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    December 2006
    372 Posts
    I can already see Europe becoming racist in the future
    We already are.

    Especially towards gypsies.
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