WASHINGTON – With Christianity dead in France, there is no national political will to address the increasing attacks by radical Islam, says a professor at the University of Paris, which has brought the country to its knees.
The professor, Guy Millière, author of 27 books on France, Europe, the United States and the Middle East, makes some shocking charges in a new commentary for the Gatestone Institute, where he serves as a senior fellow.
“All political parties, including the National Front, talk about the need to establish an ‘Islam of France,'” he writes. “They never explain how, in the Internet age, the ‘Islam of France’ could be different from Islam as it is everywhere else.”
He attributes the capitulation of France to two major factors – the failure of the nation to embrace its own nation culture in schools and universities and the collapse of the Christian faith.
“The slaughter of French priest Father Jacques Hamel on July 26 in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray was significant,” he says. “The church where Father Jacques Hamel was saying mass was nearly empty. Five people were present; three nuns and two faithful. Most of the time, French churches are empty. Christianity in France is dying out. Jacques Hamel was almost 86 years old; despite his age, he did not want to retire. He knew it would be difficult to find someone to replace him. Priests of European descent are now rare in France, as in many European countries. The priest officially in charge of the parish of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Auguste Moanda-Phuati, is Congolese.”
He adds: “The French education system does not teach young people to love France and the West. It teaches them instead that colonialism plundered many poor countries, that colonized people had to fight to free themselves, and that the fight is not over. It teaches them to hate France.”
So the future of France, he writes, is more terror.
“The assassins of Father Jacques Hamel are what is coming,” he says. “One of them, Adel Kermiche, was born in France to immigrant parents from Algeria. His path looks like the path followed by many young French Muslims: school failure, delinquency, shift toward a growing hatred of France and the West, return to Islam, transition to radical Islam. The other, Abdel Malik Petitjean, was born in France, too. His mother is Muslim. His father comes from a Christian family. Abdel Malik Petitjean nevertheless followed the same path as Adel Kermiche. A growing number of young French-born Muslims radicalize. A growing number of young French people who have not been educated in Islam nevertheless turn to Islam, then to radical Islam.”
According to Millière, while the education system in France “describes Islam as a religion that brought ‘justice, dignity and tolerance’ wherever it reigned. Seventh-grade students spend the first month of the school year learning what Islamic civilization brought to the world in science, architecture, philosophy and wealth. A few weeks later, they have to memorize texts explaining that the Church committed countless atrocious crimes. Economics textbooks are steeped in Marxism and explain that capitalism exploits human beings and ravages nature. The Holocaust is still in the curriculum, but is taught less and less; teachers who dare to speak of it face aggressive remarks from Muslim students.”
He describes the pattern of national appeasement as “willful blindness, severely pathological denial, and a resigned, suicidal acceptance of what is coming.”
He faults the nation’s media as well: “French mainstream media do their best to hide the truth. Abdel Malik Petitjean and Adel Kermiche [the attackers in the church massacre] are described as troubled and depressed young people who slipped ‘inexplicably’ toward barbarity. Their actions are widely presented as having nothing to do with Islam. The same words were used to depict Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the jihadist who murdered 86 people in Nice on July 14th. These words were used to depict all the jihadists who killed in France during the last few years. Each time, Muslim intellectuals are invited to speak, and invariably explain that Islam is peaceful and that Muslims are guilty of nothing.”
“For several days after the attack in Nice, it seemed that the country was on the verge of explosion,” writes Millière. “This is no longer so. The French population seems resigned. The anger expressed by political leaders after the attack in Nice has already faded. Some political leaders in France call for tougher measures, but speak of ‘Islamic terrorism’ very rarely. They know that speaking too much of ‘Islamic terrorism’ could be extremely bad for their future careers. Prime Minister Manuel Valls recently said that France would become an example – a ‘center of excellence’ in the ‘teaching of Islamic theology.'”
Millière says Jews continue to flee France as synagogues and Jewish schools throughout the country must be guarded around the clock by armed soldiers.
“Jews who are still in France know that wearing a skullcap or a Star of David is extremely dangerous,” he writes. “They seem to see that appeasement is a dead end. They often emigrate to the country that appeasers treat as a scapegoat and that Islamists want to destroy: Israel. They know that when in Israel, they might have to confront jihadists like those who kill in France, but they also know that Israelis are more ready to fight to defend themselves.”
He writes: “Many French Jews fleeing the country recalled an Islamic phrase in Arabic: ‘First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.’ In other words, first Muslims attack Jews; then when the Jews are gone, they attack Christians. It is what we have been seeing throughout the Middle East.”
“There will be no civil war in France,” he concludes. “The jihadists have won. They will kill again. They love to kill. They love death. They say, ‘we love death more than you love life.'”