COUNTER-POINT – For the two-centenary of Napoleon’s death, Emmanuel Macron strives, speaking in front of high school students, to clarify his conception of memorial work.
In modern communication, words, far from flying away, remain; as much as the writings. And, often, keep a heavier weight. This is a risk for Emmanuel Macron who pays meticulous care to the texts he pronounces, but sometimes allows himself to be overtaken by the words that spontaneously come to him orally.
Thus, on this May 5, the anniversary of Napoleon’s death, it is indeed a President of the Republic eager to assume the history of France as a bloc and not to get lost in the meanders of anachronistic rereading that is taking place. ‘will express solemnly, but briefly, to the Institute. But the echo of our imperial campaigns will remain parasitized by that of a “little phrase”, even a single word, released two weeks ago on the American channel CBS: “We have to deconstruct our own history.”
Macron was not talking about Napoleon; he was answering a question on the relation to immigration of countries, including France, which had a colonial past. We weren’t so far away
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