“Cry from the heart”: expression popularized by the writer Stendhal to indicate that the truth of feelings can only be expressed by words that escape their authors in emotional situations. It is clearly moved that the columnist of the French television channel CNews Jean-Claude Dassier evoked, this Tuesday, October 11, the strikes of employees of TotalEnergies, Esso-ExxonMobil and the difficulties of supplying French motorists with fuel. , due to the blocking of refineries by trade unionists. More than annoyed, the former president of Olympique de Marseille suddenly exclaimed: “We are in Africa ! »
So what was the African continent doing in this galley, no spring of which seems to be linked to Africa? A neighbor of Dassier’s plateau, the journalist Gérard Leclerc tries to refocus the debate: “it has nothing to do with Africa, it’s trade unionists and the CGT”. More and more angry against strikers whom he considers illegitimate and who, according to him, do not care “about the figure of the world”, the former leader of OM. tries to explain his comparison: “I’m sorry but it’s Africa! It is the law of the strongest! “. Finally, in response to the host of the show Clélie Mathias, he drives the point home: “It’s a mess, that’s what I wanted to say”.
Thus “Africa” would be synonymous with “crap” and the reign of “the strongest”, as if the Europe where the columnist resides did not have “strong” regimes and as if France’s reputation in terms of strikes was still to do. The silence of the listeners being as culpable as the diatribes of the tribunes, the fall of Clélie Mathias makes you smile. After hearing “crap”, she declares: “Here, that’s another expression. I prefer this one to the limit ”… Sentenced for racist insult and incitement to hatred, last January, the CNews channel is accustomed to scabrous remarks, it which propelled the polemicist Éric Zemmour into the light.
🚨 On CNews, Jean Claude Dassier gets carried away against the claims of certain strikers #fuel shortage :
“No, but wait, here we are in Africa! We are in Africa! It’s the law of the strongest … It’s a mess, that’s what I meant ” pic.twitter.com/Jon24JAKtp
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Zemmour, the symptom of our intellectual defeat
As for Jean-Claude Dassier, the litany of his interventions suggests that these recent words may not have “escaped” him. In September 2009, in front of the employees of Olympique de Marseille, which he then chaired, he declared: “I will not be a Lebanese-style or African-style president”, even though he succeeded the Franco-Senegalese. Pope Diouf. In February 2021, claiming to advocate diversity, he evoked the French school in these terms: “As long as we address ourselves in our schools, to rooms, to classes which include 75% of blacks, Arabs, j ‘on the way and the best, we’ll never get there’. A reflection so distressing that it hardly makes one want to know what he means by better »…