French Essayist Blames Multiculturalism for Breivik’s Killing Spree

New essays by French author Richard Millet, which say Anders Behring Breivik's Norwegian massacre was the result of immigration and multiculturalism, have caused an uproar in France

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Anders Behring Breivik in a courtroom in Oslo on Aug. 24, 2012, the day he was sentenced to the maximum 21 years in prison

Richard Millet is an accomplished figure in French literature. His book Le Sentiment du Langue (The Feeling of Language) won the Académie Française’s 1994 essay award. His work as an editor for celebrated publisher Gallimard, meanwhile, helped produce two recent Prix Goncourt winners — including the 2006 novel Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones) by American author Jonathan Littell. Now, however, Millet is getting attention of an entirely different kind with a new work attacking immigration and multiculturalism, and describing the acts of convicted Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik as “formal perfection … in their literary dimension.”

That bookish qualifier, says newsweekly L’Express in its critique of Millet’s new essay, “Éloge Littéraire d’Anders Breivik” (Literary Elegy of Anders Breivik), is a “gratuitous facade” for an otherwise “vindictive text” and thesis. Indeed, though Millet states he does not approve of Breivik’s murderous actions on July 22, 2011 that left 77 people dead, he does write the slaughter was “without doubt what Norway deserved.” The reason? Norway, Millet contends, allowed immigration, multiculturalism and the domination of foreign customs, language and religion to become such dominant influences that a self-designated defender of traditional society felt compelled to take decisive action.

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“Multiculturalism, as it has been imported from the United States, is the worst thing possible for Europe … and creates a mosaic of ghettoes in which the [host] nation no longer exists,” Millet told France Info radio on Aug. 27. “Breivik, I believe, perceived that and responded to that question with the most monstrous reply.”

Little wonder that such views — published just as Breivik was being sentenced Aug. 24 — have sparked controversy in France. As word of Millet’s writing spreads, so too may the objections it has inspired.

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If so, that may only serve to reinforce Millet’s accusations that most of Europe — and indeed the West — is dominated by the same attitudes that motivated Breivik’s attack. Breivik, Millet writes, is “an exemplary product of Western decadence” and a “child of the ideologico-racial fracture that extra-European immigration has introduced in Europe.” Because he sees the resulting “loss of national identity” and “Islamization of Europe” decaying “Christian roots” everywhere, Millet appears to believe acts similar to Breivik’s may be replicated outside Norway as well.

“Within this decadence, Breivik is without doubt what Norway deserved, and what awaits our societies that won’t stop blinding themselves in denial,” Millet writes in “Éloge Littéraire d’Anders Breivik,” one of three essays published under the collective title Langue Fantôme (Ghost Language) on Aug. 24 by publisher Éditions Pierre-Guillaume de Roux. “European nations are dissolving socially at the same time as they’re losing their Christian essence in favor of general relativism.”

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After the disclaimer in which he insists he does “not approve of the acts committed by Breivik,” Millet admits being “struck by their ‘formal perfection’ and ‘literary dimension.’” But unimpressed critics contend Millet’s artistic conceit and florid prose rationalizing Breivik’s acts are little more than an apology advancing extreme-right doctrine. In its Aug. 27 review, the daily Le Monde points to his accompanying essay, “De l’Antiracisme Comme Terreur Littéraire” (Antiracism as Literary Terror) as reflecting Millet and his conservative worldview:

The man hates a lot, and [does so] in a refined style that’s sometimes obscure. But it’s sufficiently clear for the objects of his malice to distinctly appear: social democracy (and democracy, full stop), extra-European immigration, the remainders of Marxism and their supposed corollaries of ignorance, political correctness and the weakening of language. All of that is leading to the crumbling of Europe — a decomposing continent where “a civil war is under way.”

Though such views are regularly championed by the extreme right, their association with Breivik’s massacre is something leaders like Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front party have assiduously avoided. Indeed, Le Pen has attacked efforts to explain or justify Breivik’s killing spree as a consequence of extreme-right views put into action. Given the enduring taboo of seeking to explain Breivik’s acts as anything short of madness, Millet’s essay may not only lead Le Pen to deny any ties to the author or his work — but may also force the venerable Gallimard to do likewise.

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Though the famous Paris publisher has no involvement with or responsibility for Millet’s controversial essays, it’s nevertheless coming under pressure to sever its relationship with a man airing such controversial views. On Monday, francophone Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun called Millet’s essay a “ridiculous, useless and, above all, disgusting provocation.” Ben Jelloun told France Info that Gallimard, publisher of Ben Jelloun’s books, had to realize Millet “can’t be part of this organization and, elsewhere, propose such horrible things.”

Author Annie Ernaux agreed, telling Le Monde on Monday that Millet’s writing represents “a dangerous political act” by a Gallimard employee that “engages the responsibility of the company.” She said “a collective reaction from all Gallimard writers” to force action on Millet’s case is now under consideration.

But even as he echoed the “indignation over such cretinous and notorious statements,” Gallimard author Jean-Marie Laclavetine nevertheless told France Info that people protesting Millet’s essays must “be careful about [becoming] thought police”

“Everyone has the right to think as he wishes and write what he wants,” Laclavetine said. “I think it would be very bad for Gallimard to fire him. I too wish Richard didn’t think what he thinks and wrote what he wrote, but that’s his right.”

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Neither the controversy surrounding his essays nor calls for his ouster from Gallimard seem to bother Millet. Indeed, the man who described Breivik’s 77 victims as “mixed-raced, globalized, uncultivated, social-democrat petit bourgeois,” appears to take a certain pride in the anger and consternation his essays have provoked.

“I’m one of the most hated French authors,” he told France Info on Monday. “It’s an interesting position that makes me an exceptional being.”

Given his previous accomplishments as an editor, Millet could have made that literary boast before publishing his essays. Now that they’re out, he can add peerless polemicist — and possibly leading ideologue — of Europe’s extreme right to that list of distinctions.

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837 comments
Danson_Joseph
Danson_Joseph

I suspect that beyond heated exchanges regarding religion and 'who got here first', the essence of the essayist's commentary is not about people not having a right to live in Europe, but that people seem to come into Europe, and attempt to make portions of their host countries miniature versions of their home countries.  This leads to a disregard of the national identity, insular community development, and wilful segregation.

 

If immigrants aim to integrate fully, and not develop ‘a mosaic of ghettoes in which the [host] nation no longer exists’, then this discussion would not be happening.

 

I suppose there is a delicate line between adopting the host nation’s national identity, and not losing one’s own sense of hereditary national identity, but I do no think that the majority of immigrants have adopted enough of their host countries’ national culture nor integrated sufficiently for this to be of significant concern.

Guest
Guest

I suspect that beyond heated exchanges regarding religion and 'who got here first', the essence of the essayist's commentary is not about people not having a right to live in Europe, but that people seem to come into Europe, and attempt to make portions of their host countries miniature versions of their home countries.  This leads to a disregard of the national identity, insular community development, and wilful segregation.

 

If immigrants aim to integrate fully, and not develop ‘a mosaic of ghettoes in which the [host] nation no longer exists’, then this discussion would not be happening.

 

I suppose there is a delicate line between adopting the host nation’s national identity, and not losing one’s own sense of hereditary national identity, but I do no think that the majority of immigrants have adopted enough of their host countries’ national culture nor integrated sufficiently for this to be of significant concern.

mike5586
mike5586

Le Pen is a coward, and everyone's mad because the truth is something the fools who have been promoting the failed concepts of 'multiculturalism' and 'multi-racial society' don't want to hear.

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the

lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent,

persuasive and unrealistic.

 people.The notion that multi-racial or cultural societies are feasible is the greatest myth of our time.

Welcome to reality, enjoy your stay.

whitechildren
whitechildren

Nobody is saying

that Africa needs diversity.

 

Nobody is saying that Asia needs diversity.

They are already

100% diverse.

People are only

telling white children in white countries that they need diversity.

White countries

will be 100% diverse when there are no white people left.

Diversity is a

code-word for the genocide of white people.

Every white country

on earth is supposed to become multicultural and multiracial.

Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

Luis
Luis

Come to think of it, why TF is Nigeria a coal-black nation? Shouldn't  it, along with Niger, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Uganda and every other coal-black nation in Africa south of Algeria experience the joys of multiculturalism?

For one thing, the food would be a lot better.

whitechildren
whitechildren

They already are 100 % diverse and TPTB wouldn't want to change that.

Its still:

ASIA FOR THE

ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

Everybody says there is this RACE problem.

Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into

EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

blablablaXD
blablablaXD

Theres a big push for diversity in South Korea... Government sponsored day care for mixed race kids, etc... But I guess facts are too complicated for white people

whitechildren
whitechildren

 So what you are really saying is you support white genocide and will do all you can to make it a reality. Your anti-white nature is showing.

https://www.cia.gov/library/pu...

South Korean pop. is homogenous, only 20,000 chinese.

Let me know when non-Asians immigration starts to endanger South Korean's making them a minority in their homeland.

whitechildren
whitechildren

So the only person you think of when you think "White"  is Hitler?

That's anti-white. that's really a racial slur of all whites.

So criminality is only white? Anti-whites do hold up whites to higher moral standards than any other. Why is this double standard?

When you force upon

a declining white race (whites are not having enough babies to replace

themselves), massive numbers of non-whites, to share the same homeland/living

space, the end result is the elimination of the declining white race. Its

inevitable (what will change?)

How is this not

white genocide?

“Genocide involves

the attempt to achieve the disappearance of a group by whatever means. It does

not have to be violent, it could be a combination of policies that would lead

to a certain group dying out.” Fraser-PM Australia ‘75-83

Anti-racist is a

codeword for anti-white

blablablaXD
blablablaXD

you know who else was white?

 Hitler!

But in all fairness, you people wrote the book on genocide. Look at what you did to the Native Americans!

Who can blame us for being suspicious of you guys after all the practice you all have obliterating other races from the planet

whitechildren
whitechildren

Why don't you just admit you are anti-white and tell me why white children have lost their right to exist.

blablablaXD
blablablaXD

you got me

Korean Hitler comin for you!! XD

whitechildren
whitechildren

 "But South Korea needs immigration. In 1960 the average Korean woman had

six babies in her lifetime. Today she has just 1.2. In the world's most

rapidly ageing country, more than a fifth of the population will be over

65 by 2026. By 2050, the average South Korean will be 57."

Same old tired anti-white rhetoric as applied to Korean society.

Instead of focusing on the causes of the low birth rate and reversing it, the answer is immigration.

I'm also for Korea for the Korean's.  Every race should have its own homeland.

And you, approve Korean genocide also?

flamestar
flamestar

Foreigners are not the problem. Liberals telling foreigners  to be anti-America are, A much bigger problem is the US government gor sale to the higest bidder.  

flamestar
flamestar

A war over food will be won by those with the most food and guns. The well fed cop with beat the hungry homeless man every time. 

Tempted1
Tempted1

(Flamestar - So you think if woman is raped it's okay if her husband kills her?. You think it's okay to spy for other countries? Public officials shouldn't have to follow the Constitution)

Flamestar, what are earth are you talking about, I've never said anything in regards to rape or anyone killing anyone.  My comments are regarding accepting other cultures and diversification.    That's the whole point of this thread, I think perhaps you've done too much blogging and perhaps you have your threads mixed up. What's this about not following the constitution??? LOL try to stay focused Flamestar to one thread at a time. This thread is about Multiculturalism...not rape, killing or the constitution.

topdog46
topdog46

i think people are getting race and multicultural mixed up, and should not be mention in the same sentence, for instance, Norwegian culture and The republic of Congo culture does not go well, same for most middle eastern countries, Asia and Africa, but that is only culture not race.

when someone decides to immigrate to another country, they should fully understand their ways of living, rules and laws and abide by them fully..and please speak that language or one that they understand, most Americans and Canadians could come and live in Norway without much problems, as they are used to living among other cultures, but someone from Iraq moving to Oslo could be a very different story.

flamestar
flamestar

This discussion would not be possible with out use all speaking the same language. The multiculturalist believes that everyone should speak the language their ancestors spoke hundreds of years ago.

MICHAEL DEAN MILLER
MICHAEL DEAN MILLER

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Regardless of my feelings about the article itself, I do like all the well-worded comments written by others.

"Y'all is some smart folks..."

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superbike
superbike

A few simple Google searches should satisfy. I've been to four Universities, two major and two minor. Also, I've many faculty experiences.

superbike
superbike

Look at the numbers. I've been teaching college for 23 years. Look at the numbers.

CountryBumpkin123
CountryBumpkin123

Personally I like Norway, although I know only a little about the culture.  I detest what the mass murderer has done, he killed innocent people and that is a high crime.  Any country that has minorities has problems.  Norway is no exception, it does not mean that the mixing of cultures is bad, it just takes time to adjust.  We are still adjusting in the US.

Sloppo
Sloppo

Do you believe the US will be more like Zimbabwe, Brazil, or Pakistan when they get finished with their adjusting?

JustaWhiteMom
JustaWhiteMom

Why do ALL white countries have to accept non-white immigration?  The end result of all this will be that all white children everywhere will be "assimilated" out of existence.  Why do you defend policies that will lead to a future without white children?

Jd1300
Jd1300

 Do you consider yourself a MILF by any chance?

Bart Barton
Bart Barton

Norway gets it.  It is determined to progress as a society in spite of retarded amp; delusional thinking.  How correct would it be for someone to murder 100 people in the name of preserving Neanderthal genes or the goddess Athena?  Profoundly disturbed and psychotic, which is exactly what happened with Breivik.  No different.

Sloppo
Sloppo

In other words, you believe Norwegians would be crazy to not want their country to become like Beirut Lebanon.  You believe ethnic Norwegians should welcome the destruction of their racial and cultural existence.  The new "Norwegians" with their rape offender rates about 50 times higher than the old Norwegians are culturally enriching Norway's society.  Right?

JustaWhiteMom
JustaWhiteMom

Norway is determined to proceed with white genocide despite the people's wish to preserve the ethnic character of their country.  In other words, they are traitors.

"Progress" means no more white countries and eventually no more white people.

Danny Collins-Evans
Danny Collins-Evans

The peoples wish? Lol, Noone supports this guy in Norway you realize?

You are a nutjob. 

Jd1300
Jd1300

Will it get rid of paranoid weirdos like you?

flamestar
flamestar

Multiculturalism is against different groups working together because  that would mean that they had a shared value of working together.