Entries by Guillaume Durocher

The Culture of Critique in France: A review of Anne Kling’s books on Jewish influence, Part 1

Anne Kling, La France LICRAtisée: Enquête au pays de la Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme Paris: Mithra, 2007 (first published by Déterna, 2006) Anne Kling, Le CRIF: Un lobby au cœur de la République Paris: Mithra, 2010 and 2013 High quality critical study of elite Jewish communities, and their ethnic activism and biases, […]

Éric Zemmour: SOS Racisme, a case study in anti-nationalist Jewish activism

By Éric Zemmour, from his Le Suicide français, translated by Guillaume Durocher SOS Racisme’s famous logo: “Don’t touch my pal,” urging Europeans and Jews (somewhat patronizingly) to protect their Black or Muslim “pal.” Translator’s note: It is common among American readers to suppose that although Jewish groups are quite powerful and are a critical force for […]

Éric Zemmour: The Rise of the Shoah as the Official Religion of the French Republic

Translation by Guillaume Durocher Translator’s note: Éric Zemmour is a Sephardic Jewish French journalist and pundit, no doubt the “most nationalist” voice allowed on French television, all but telling people to vote for the Front National. I found his bestselling book Le Suicide français, while sometimes false or circumspect, surprisingly frank on certain issues. The […]

“To Be French”: Reviving the National Dream

One characteristic of our dominant “postmodern” culture is the assault on all sense of shared narrative and identity, above all nationhood, which is subject to constant and aggressive “deconstruction.” But a recent video by the French think tank Polémia, founded by Jean-Yves Le Gallou, a former National Front (FN) Member of the European Parliament, shows […]

Towards ‘Kosher Nationalism”? (4): The Rise of Éric Zemmour and the Case of France

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 The Jewish dilemma on immigration is perhaps most apparent in France. The French situation is unique in many respects: The largest Jewish population outside of Israel and the United States (about 600,000 people or 1% of the population). A staggering Jewish intellectual/cultural presence, perhaps more influential politically than in […]

Towards ‘Kosher Nationalism’? (3): Jewish Ideologies and the Myth of the Golem

Part 1. Part 2. I argued previously that individual Jewish intellectuals tend to adopt a personal ideology, generally in their younger years and for life, which is a conscious or unconscious rationalization of their ethnic interests. However, it is also true that particular Jewish intellectuals will often consistently pursue and enforce their ideology throughout their […]