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"Des millions de Français se sont précipités dans les rues pour définir comme besoin prioritaire de leur société le droit de cracher sur la religion des plus faibles."--Qui est Charlie? (2015) by Emmanuel Todd

Translation:

"Millions of French people came out onto the streets to define, as a priority of their society, the right to pour scorn on the religion of the weak."--Who is Charlie? (2015) by Emmanuel Todd

Alternative English translation:

"Millions of French people rushed into the streets to define the right to spit on the religion of the weak as the priority need of their society."--translation from Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West (2017) by Gilles Kepel

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Qui est Charlie? Sociologie d'une crise réligieuse (2015, translated in English as Who is Charlie?: Xenophobia and the New Middle Class) is an essay by Emmanuel Todd. It has become his most controversial and his most popular essay. In it, he claims that the 11th of January, 2015 marches to show solidarity with the victims of the recent Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in France were not an expression of positive French values but of racist and reactionary elements in France. The work has been accused by politicians of a seeming willingness to look aside from the reality of Islamist terrorism while some readers accuse it of a reliance on unsupported a priori arguments while failing to consider other, more relevant political factors. The book aroused copious and emotional hostility, including a critique by the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls. Todd claims to have written quickly, partly out of frustration and not in a purely academic style, though he defends his arguments' basis in his decades of French demographic research.

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