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Some 2-3,000 Parisians, mostly young, gathered peacefully in their city’s Place Denfert Rochereau this last Saturday (February 20) to reclaim their freedom of speech, and more specifically, to support Génération Identitaire (“Generation Identity”), the youth group currently targeted by the French government for dissolution [France: Protesters oppose move to disband anti-migrant group, by The Associated Press, February 20, 2021]. The vocal crowd shouted slogans like “We are at home,” and among the well-known faces such as Jean-Yves Le Gallou, Florian Philippot or Jean Messiha, was a striking one: Thaïs d’Escufon, GI spokeswoman and rising star.

The government wants that generation to shut up about their “identity,” of course, because it doesn’t fit in the newly globalized, Islamified France. But the disarmingly stunning d’Escufon says no to that new France. Her angelic face has been everywhere since the government announced it would shut down the patriotic group. Unlike some who would have been intimidated into silence, d’Escufon saw an opportunity, and has since appeared on several prime-time TV shows. GI’s message went to previously undreamt of audiences. Relatively unknown before then, except in the identitarian right, she has become the voice of her young countrymen, the silent victims of diversity forced to live in fear from urban violence or Islamic terror. [Interview with Thaïs d’Escufon from Generation Identitaire, The New Prometheism, February 13, 2021]

In other words, the government’s plan to silence the group has backfired. The 21-year-old Identitarian now speaks to the French masses thanks to the government’s ham-handed move to repress the truth.

Generation Identitaire was born in 2012 as the youth wing of the Identitarian Block, but eventually became an entity of its own. It has not been found guilty of any crimes: its dissolution is naked political repression, as was the case with banning of Oeuvre Française, Jeunesses Nationalistes, Third Way and Bastion Social in the last few years.[France bans three far-right groups after activist’s death France24, July 10, 2013] For two years, the Left-wing Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme (LICRA) has been hectoring the government to ban Generation Identity. Now, the authorities have listened [Pourquoi il faut dissoudre Génération identitaire, (Why we must dissolve Generation Identity) LICRA, April 4, 2019].

On February 13, Interior Minister Gérard Darmanin announced that he was launching the dissolution process of GI, a hypocritical move for a government that had pledged to defend freedom of speech in the wake of Samuel Paty’s beheading by an Islamist on October 16 [France to ban far-right group Generation Identity, by Stephanie Trouillard, France 24, February 17, 2021].

Darmanin is of Algerian, Armenian, and Maltese extraction, which might be one reason he isn’t so enamored of young people who look like d’Escufon openly discussing “identity.” Macron’s government is probably also worried about polls showing Marine Le Pen’s National Rally too close for comfort in next year’s election.

Darmanin offers two reasons for the ban that is to take effect on Wednesday: “Hate Speech” and “constitution of a militia,” a ridiculous claim that suggests GI is violent. It isn’t. Indeed, the young activists haven’t even bothered refuting the second charge because it’s so ridiculous. The group does not offer military training and, except for boxing lessons to teach self-defense—a response to rising Leftist and “youth” violence—it does not advocate using force.

And the “hate speech”? Well, GI opposes the Islamification of France. With the victims of Islamic terror at 263 since 2012, a number that does not include the victims of the ordinary crimes now endemic in some “diverse neighborhoods,” Darmanin should be worried, but not about the identitarians.

Darmanin has banned some religious extremist groups, but mostly to signal that he is acting to curb the Islamic violence. The fact is, “far right” violence in France is a myth, a Big Lie to excuse Darmanin’s totalitarian crackdown. (Sound familiar?)

Indeed, Darmanin’s indictment lists not a single act of violence, but instead cites GI’s agit-prop stunts which are not too far from Greenpeace’s own coup d’éclats. Those stunts are effective—which is of course why the government wants to silence the group.

The first was the occupation of the construction site of Poitiers’s mosque on October 20, 2012. The activists unfurled huge banners demanding a referendum on the building of new mosques and commemorating the Battle of Poitiers (Tours) of 732 when Charles Martel defeated the invading Umayyad. Of course, the media collapsed in hysterics with headlines like this: French far-right group storms site of new mosque [France24, October 21, 2012].

In the years since, GI has continued to stage high-profile actions:

But the biggest success of Generation Identity has been “Defend Europe,” a campaign to raise awareness of illegal immigration.

In August 2017, the group rented a boat to go patrol the Mediterranean Sea, calling the authorities when they saw a human smuggling vessel [A far-right group chartered a boat to repel migrants on the Mediterranean. Then part of its crew filed for asylum, by Michael Birnbaum, The Washington Post , July 27, 2017].

Less than a year later, the young activists climbed the Alps between France and Italy to symbolically reassert the border between the two states [France seeking to ban far-right, anti-migrant group, by The Independent, February 14, 2021].

And last month—the last straw for Darmanin, apparently—they did the same at the Col du Portillon in the Pyrenees on the Spanish and French border [France: Gérald Darmanin notifies Generation Identitaire of its next dissolution, TellerReport, February 14, 2021].

Darmanin, of course, would have you believe they posed as border authorities to usurp police power, a claim the group easily refuted with video posted online.

d’Escufon ably and bluntly defended the stunt:

We reject that our country keeps being submerged and murdered by this mass immigration.

The announcement of GI’s legal dissolution took everyone by surprise. Nothing legally justifies it. (On that note, it’s worth observing that Facebook and Instagram have already banned GI, just like they have with VDARE).

That aside, France’s parliamentary conservatives, not generally keen on groups that outflank them on the right, awoke from their usual stupor and openly denounced the move. From Jean-Frédéric Poisson of the Christian Democratic Party to Marine Le Pen of the National Rally (former National Front), they rallied behind GI.

After all, if the government can ban a group that abides by the law and has not been charged with any crimes, who might be next?

Patriots elsewhere must take heed. The repression against the Dissident Right is global:

All those actions actually acknowledge the rise of populist, nationalist feelings, and the global Deep State’s failure to curb it.

Whether Darmanin will retreat, or whether GI’s lawyers can rebuff the government’s ban on the group, is uncertain.

What is certain is that the government has unified the French right. What was meant to break the grassroots identitarian movement, which is nothing more than an immigration patriot movement, might end up attract support it otherwise would not have had.

The Historic Nations—of France, of Austria, of America, and elsewhere—are rising. Darmanin and his global partners can’t stop it, at least not as long as 2,000 young people will march to defend their homelands.

Rémi Tremblay (email him) is the editor of Le Harfang and a contributor to the Council of Euro-Canadians. Heis the author of Le Canada français, de Jacques Cartier au génocide tranquille.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Alt Right, European Right, France, Immigration, Liberty 
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  1. Tulip says:

    Wow, who would have guessed that the Globalist institutional center would co-opt popular far right rhetoric and policies while cracking down on the far right opposition!

  2. El Dato says:

    The War is moving to the official phase. Order 66 won’t be far behind.

    White supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are a ‘transnational threat’ which grows more dangerous by the day, says UN chief

    “White supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are more than domestic terror threats. They are becoming a transnational threat,” United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the organization’s Human Rights Council on Monday.

    “Today, these extremist movements represent the number one internal security threat in several countries,” Guterres stated, adding that we are increasingly seeing people in power cheer on these groups “in ways that were considered unimaginable not long ago.”

    The UN secretary general called on people from around the world to help deliver “coordinated action” to overcome this threat which Guterres claims is “growing by the day.”

    Looks like it’s soon time to decide between standing tall and euthanasia.

    Global Warmists tell World & Dog that there is not a moment to spare and that extreme action is necessary and that we have about 10 years.

    For Whitey, I would say same thing. But 5 years.

  3. El Dato says:

    Haha Thaïs D’Escufon’s video is the first one I found that cannot be downloaded by y2mate.

    What is that name anyway? I have never encountered such a name in France so far.

  4. Anonymous[159] • Disclaimer says:

    All this talk of immigration, Islam, culture and identity is meaningless if you don’t dare to go after the big issue: race. The problem is with the hardware, not the software. I’ll feel sympathy for these “far-right” groups in Western Europe when they start talking openly about race and racial differences.

    • Replies: @lloyd
  5. lloyd says: • Website

    Eveyr time I see a reference to Islamisation, I assume that is a movement co-opted by the Zionists. As someone once said, the best thing to do about Islam is encourgage its adherents to pray to it five times a day. That doesn’t leave much of the day left and Islam preaches a strict moral code. There are sometimes random terrorist attacks by Islamicists. But the authentic ones are small scale. Some dumb arse Moslem sees a mass slaughter of Moslems on television and reacts psychotically. There is a simple obvious solution for that. The real problems in Europe are mass immigration and race. The races barging into Europe from throughout the world are mostly not equipped to assimilate to civil society. Islam is not known for infiltation and take over of non Islamic societies. Military conquest yes. But no Islamic army is marching into Europe. Indeed that is complete nonsense. It is rather the opposite. Islam is known for being infiltrated and being taken over. Islamicists are just not that clever nor crafty.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  6. starviego says:

    Multi-culturalism does not work and never has. Stop this immigration madness before it’s too late!

  7. @lloyd

    The real problems in Europe are mass immigration and race. The races barging into Europe from throughout the world are mostly not equipped to assimilate to civil society

    Very large numbers of Muslims immigrants are unassimilable, as anyone who has been to France or Belgium will tell you. Elsewhere in Europe, countries like Sweden and the Netherlands are approaching those level of problems, too.

    Islam is not known for infiltration and take over of non Islamic societies. Military conquest yes. But no Islamic army is marching into Europe. Indeed that is complete nonsense.

    They do not need an army. Once numbers of unassimilable Muslim immigrants achieve critical mass, they take over large parts of towns and cities, forcing the white population out and creating no go areas. There are many hundreds of these banlieues in France alone.

    It is rather the opposite. Islam is known for being infiltrated and being taken over.

    Yes, by other Islamic sects and states. Sunni fundamentalism is closely associated with Wahabism and Salafism, both strongly promoted by Saudi Arabia.

    Islamicists are just not that clever nor crafty.

    They don’t have to be. If there are enough of them, they don’t need to hide their intentions. They rely on brute force.

  8. Lucy says:

    Onward Pacifist solders.

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