Translated by Guillaume Durocher
Translator’s Note: Henry de Lesquen is a French nobleman, retired civil servant, and groundbreaking presidential candidate. The following op-ed was apparently written during the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, but was more recently republished on Lesquen’s campaign Website.
Fire Smoldering Under the Ashes
Events in Georgia remind us of the difficult existence led by multicultural societies. In South Ossetia, the native Ossentians lived side-by-side with immigrants of Georgian ethnicity who had come from the country’s interior. Their relations seemed peaceful, but fire smoldered under the ashes. The Georgian army’s intervention, which was defeated by the Russians, led to an “ethnic cleansing” of South Ossetia, which has now become homogeneous again after the precipitous departure of almost all Georgians.
“Ethnic cleansing”: the expression is indeed horrifying, when one thinks of the great misfortune it represents for those who are its victims and who, if they are not slaughtered, must flee the country where they have always lived. During the Yugoslav War, the term was first used by the Serbs. But those who had pioneered the concept were soon in turn its object, notably in Kosovo, where the Serbs have been savagely persecuted by Albanian Muslims, who had become the majority in the province.
Ethnic cleansing is as old as humanity. It was implemented, for example, at the end of the Second World War, to the detriment of millions of Germans who lived in the territories annexed by Poland and Czechoslovakia. More recently, in 1962, the Frenchmen of Algeria also suffered an unrecognized ethnic cleansing.
The Law of Heterogeneity-Violence
Whenever this terrible phenomenon begins in some part of the world, the media always spreads roughly the same comments as truisms: “This is incomprehensible. Everything was going so well, between them and us . . .” And they accuse evil genies of having artificially provoked hatred between communities which had been made to live harmoniously together.
Of course, one cannot ignore the role played by activists who are, apparently, the cause of the conflict. But a spark cannot cause a conflagration if the substance is not flammable. Ethnic cleansing and its train of misfortunes are often inevitable, because multicultural societies are multi-conflictual. There is a social law of heterogeneity-violence: the more a society is heterogeneous, the more it is violent. Ultimately, those actually responsible for civil war are those who created or allowed the creation of a mix of ethnicities or communities which had to explode sooner or later.
France is Not Safe
France is not safe from intercommunal violence. Ethnic cleansing is already being implemented, on a small scale, in the immigrant cities, which ethnic Frenchmen have had to flee. The riots which occur regularly in our suburbs are a foretaste of what will happen to us if we do not make the right decisions. It is not enough to stop immigration; we must reverse migration flows . . . We need to fight this irresponsible policy, by explaining to the French that another policy is possible.
We must return France to her identity. To avoid an ethnic cleansing, we propose remigration.