Accompanied by Ministers Gérald Darmanin and Pap Ndiaye, the President of the Republic intends to open a memorial cycle linked to the Second World War. He will also lead a National Council for thematic refoundation, devoted to schools.
The quinquenniums follow each other and will, from this point of view, resemble each other. After having already largely reinvested the field of memory over the past five years, Emmanuel Macron intends to continue to be personally involved in it in the months to come. “All the works that the president has opened since his first election, in May 2017, are intended to build a unifying republican imagination.“, we confirm at the Elysée. Thus, expected this Monday in the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Head of State must go to the Camp des Milles Memorial site, where he will be welcomed in particular by Serge and Beate Klarsfeld. Great architect of the opening of the place to the public ten years ago, the president and founder of the site, Alain Chouraqui, will be decorated with the Legion of Honor. “He had invited us for a long time, and we had always told him that we would go“explains an adviser.
In his speech, scheduled for mid-afternoon, Emmanuel Macron intends to return to the singular history of this former brickyard, built at the end of the 19th century, and then became a camp during the Second World War. “It (is a question of) reaffirming that this past testifies to a France which was, and which must never again be“, hammers the entourage of the president, before listing the three uses which were made there at the time: the internment of “subjects said “enemies”first, between September 1939 and June 1940; then that of “unwanted», between July 1940 and July 1942; before the deportation of thousands of Jews – including a hundred children – to Drancy, Rivesaltes, or Auschwitz, from August 1942.All these events occurred before the decision by the Nazi occupier, on November 11, 1942, to put an end to the so-called Free Zone and to occupy the South Zone.“, insists a close friend of the head of state.
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A fund to finance innovative projects resulting from the consultations
Without ever quoting anyone, the Élysée suggests that Emmanuel Macron intends to attack both the nationalist Éric Zemmour, in “reminding some that the Vichy regime was not intended to “save Jews” – even French“, but also to the Insoumise Mathilde Panot, who is one of the “public figures who found it difficult to write the word “Jew” when recalling the memory of the victims of the Roundup of the Vél d’Hiv“. Way of appearingin the first linein the fight against extremes, which he has made one of the strong points of his political commitment. And that he intends to maintain with the “new cyclewhich opens in front of him, leading him to “commemorate Jean Moulin’s National Resistance Council, (…) the anniversary of the two Landings, that of the Liberation of Paris, (…) and the 80th anniversary of the right to vote granted to women“.
“This quantity of events and moments recall what the French were like. It is always interesting, when we open a memorial site, to say “this is what we were, this is what we are, and this is what we are not either!”“Concludes an Elysian adviser, specifying that Emmanuel Macron will be accompanied by the Ministers of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, and of National Education, Pap Ndiaye. The latter will also participate at the end of the day, always alongside the President of the Republic, in a National Council for Refoundation devoted to the school, in Aix-en-Provence. “Nearly 12,000 establishments have already launched“, we argue in the entourage of the head of state. Where it is recalled that the innovative projects resulting from these consultations will be financed by a specific fund of 500 million euros. This is enough to make this still abstract political object more concrete.