“The composite identity of the Red Poster resistance fighters constitutes a resounding reminder of what it means to “be French”” | EUROtoday

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VSrejoice foreigners or level fingers at them? Two months after having pushed to move a legislation reinforcing the concept that immigration is a serious problem for France with out offering an actual response, and depriving foreigners in a daily state of affairs of sure social rights – a provision finally canceled by the Constitutional Council -, Emmanuel Macron will chair, on February 21, the ceremony marking the entry into the Pantheon of Missak Manouchian and his companion Mélinée, two immigrants, heroes of the Resistance.

Precisely eighty years after his execution at Mont-Valérien by the Nazis, the chief of the Francs-tireurs et partisans de la predominant d'immigrante (FTP-MOI) in 1943, a communist resistance group bringing collectively foreigners and stateless individuals , whose determine entered the collective reminiscence by way of the poem of Aragon Stanzas to recollect (1955) set to music below the title The Red Poster by Léo Ferré (1961), is widely known as a “great man” who left his mark on the historical past of France.

The “pantheonization” of Missak Manouchian, the reminder of his martyrdom and that of his twenty-two executed comrades-in-arms falls explicitly into the context of a rustic fragmented and torn by the query of id below the strain of far proper. “The role that I have assigned to myself is to hold the country togetherdeclared in December 2023 at World Emmanuel Macron on the future ceremony. In the fight we are waging against obscurantism, we must maintain, educate and promote symbols, like Manouchian. »

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The contradiction between the course given to the talk on immigration and the tribute to immigrant resistance fighters can solely be of concern. Like Pierre Ouzoulias, senator (PCF) and grandson of a frontrunner of the Parisian Resistance, we are able to each see on this sequence the restrict of the Macronian “at the same time”, and acknowledge within the celebration of the militants of the Show purple, a gesture of immense symbolic significance. We can die for France when we are not French”summarizes the elected communist.

A love of France

This tribute to the half taken by foreigners within the protection of the common values ​​of a Republic which isn’t essentially welcoming in the direction of them is stuffed with which means in our period of resurgence of xenophobia. Missak Manouchian, a survivor of the Armenian genocide and a stateless one that arrived in France in 1924, utilized in useless for French nationality twice, in 1933 after which in January 1940, whereas he was a volunteer within the military. Of the thousand resistance fighters shot by the occupiers at Mont-Valérien, 185 have been foreigners, a proportion a lot greater than their place within the inhabitants.

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