In a press release published on the social network Twitter on Wednesday, December 28, the Grand Mosque of Paris announces the filing of a complaint for remarks which, according to it, fall under ” incitement to hatred against Muslims “. ” Michel Houellebecq asserts that Muslims are not real French. The Muslims give him an appointment in front of the criminal court to oppose to him what the law says. »
Onfray-Houellebecq, shock duo
The opening of legal proceedings with the Paris public prosecutor follows the publication of a discussion between Michel Onfray and Houellebecq in the review of the former, Popular Frontin December 2022. In a special issue entitled “ End of the West? the author’s statements align with those of the usual decliners and other proponents of the theory of great replacement “.
He thus deplores loss of French identityqualifies the great replacement ” of ” do » and seems to predict « acts of resistance “which he presents as future” Bataclans upside down “. If Islam as a religion has already been one of Houellebecq’s targets, this time he refers to Muslims directly: The wish of the native French population, as they say, is not for Muslims to assimilate, but for them to stop robbing and attacking them. Or else, another solution, that they go away. »
Judging by the words of the writer, the Great Mosque of Paris notes the characters ” pithy ” and ” unacceptable “. Sentences ” are not intended to inform any public debate but to stir up discriminatory speeches and acts “, Underlines the religious institution, whose rector has been, since 2020, Chems-Eddine Hafiz.
Return to court
The criticism of religions by Michel Houellebecq, for some years now, has focused almost exclusively on Islam and Muslims. But she is not new. In an interview with the magazine Readin 2001, he said: I said to myself that the fact of believing in only one God was the fact of a cretin, I could not find another word. »
He went on to describe Islam as ” dumbest religion “, further emphasizing its character” dangerous “, to his eyes.
At the time, the Grand Mosque of Paris had already initiated legal proceedings before the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris for ” complicity in provoking discrimination, hatred or violence against a group of people because of their affiliation to a religion ” and ” insult “. She was then carried by the adviser of the Great Mosque of Paris, Chems-Eddine Hafiz.
Rebelote in court, then? In 2002, Houellebecq had been acquitted facts with which he was chargedjustice considering that his remarks fell the right to criticism of religious doctrines. 20 years later, and no doubt a new sign of the author’s radicalization, only the ” muslims are quoted, which could change the outcome of a possible new trial.
Photography: Michel Houellebecq in 2016 (Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación, CC BY-SA 2.0)
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