"I want the young people, the little French Muslims, or whose parents or grandparents have this religion, to know that this country is theirs as for all the others …" Two hours before the launch of the march to say " Stop Islamophobia ", Jean-Luc Melenchon has long justified his choice to participate with several deputies of La France unsubdued. At the headquarters of his movement, rue de Dunkerque in Paris, just next to the start of the march, Gare du Nord, the former presidential candidate said his belief that "99% of Muslims in our country just want to live quietly, in peace, to be believers like others who have other religions and who also want them to live peacefully and quietly ".
It does not matter to the leader of LFI "the few fanatics" who carry claims different from his own. "If there are people who bother us, there are others with whom we are more comfortable," he said, citing the CGT who also called to walk with their leader , Philippe Martinez. For him "to defend the freedom of worship" is also "to defend the freedom of conscience".
Asked about the "liberticidal laws" quoted in the text, Jean-Luc Melenchon quoted "the law passed in the Senate on the ban on the veil" for the mothers accompanying school, but also "the law on the state of emergency" . He was surprised by the controversy over words, accusing the media of "playing the game of division" when the urgency was to get up "in unity" after "the assassination attempt in Bayonne" but also after the words of the elected RN Julien Odoul "and those of Eric Zemmour".
One of the organizers of the march, Moujid Messaoudene, elected majority in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), has publicly stated that these liberticidal laws were for him those of 2004 and 2010 on the veil. Neither Jean-Luc Melenchon, nor Éric Coquerel wanted to confirm or deny the fact that this elected very involved in the fight against "Islamophobia" was listed on the list of France insubordinate municipal.
The communitarianism he deplores because "he leads nowhere" is for him "an almost official attitude in France". He cited the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, the Crif, "supposedly representative of some institution, the most raw expression of communitarianism." Jean-Luc Melenchon also recalled going on a walk in 2018 to denounce the murder of Mireille Knoll, regardless of the presence of Marine Le Pen in the procession. Calling the author of these lines, he also stressed that she would not be embarrassed to work at Le Figaro "despite the presence of Eric Zemmour in the editorial office." Looking for scapegoats, Jean-Luc Melenchon, by his classic accusation against the media, seeks to divert the attention to bulky co-organizers of this march. "Democracy is made up of debates and disagreements," he said, anxious to leave aside "bad polemics".