Right-wing columnist, anti-liberal philosopher, and polemicist Eric Zemmour has once again brought the issues of demographic shift and population replacement to the forefront of public debate in France, declaring that the French people are being “expropriated” from their country.
Zemmour, who in recent years has become one of the most popular political commentators on French television for his incisive insights on topics most are unwilling to touch, joined CNews to discuss a new study that’s shined a bright light on the extent to which France’s socio-demographic composition has changed over the past several decades.
The study, carried out by the state-funded research institute France Stratégie, among other things, examined the percentage of children under the age of 18 who were born to at least one foreign, non-European parent across 55 so-called “urban units” with more than 100,000 inhabitants.
For an in-depth summary of the study showing France’s dramatic demographic shift, read this Remix News report. The data points to a number of cities, such as Seine-Saint-Denis, a French department in the Île-de-France region that’s home to more than 1.6 million people, showing that 55 percent of children under the age of 18 were born to foreign, non-European parents, which in most cases happen to be Muslims.
In certain municipalities in the department, the percentage of 0-18 year-olds born to non-European immigrant parents was much higher. To give several examples, in the municipalities of La Courneuve, Villetaneuse, and Clichy-sous-Bois, 75 percent, 73 percent, and 72 percent of people 18-years-old or younger were born to non-European parents, respectively.
The study’s figures “show that areas with Maghrebian and African immigration, where there was a significant migration since the 60s and 70s, have become uniformly or will become uniformly Maghrebian and African, with a large Islamic majority,” Zemmour said.
“And when you dig deeper, you have cities like Aubervilliers, which has 75 percent,” Zemmour continued, adding that “regions with a very high level of immigration over the last forty years have now become uniformly the product of this non-European immigration.”
“If we are at 75 percent, you see, it means this is the very definition of the Great Replacement.”
When posed with the question of whether the replacement is simply a “demographic upheaval”, Zemmour responded, saying: “It’s a genuine replacement. Meaning, you have a population which is French, White, Christian, of Greco-Roman culture, borrowing the famous terminology again from General De Gaulle, and after forty years, that is replaced by a population who are Maghrebian, African, and for the most part Muslim.”
“That is what you call a replacement. A population is eradicated from the civilization and replaced by another civilization,” he added.
Later on in the television segment, one of the hosts asked Zemmour why the discourse on topics like demographic shift and population replacement can’t seem to be approached in a calm and cool-headed manner, and why the topic of the “Great Replacement” has resulted in such a stark political divide. Zemmour replied: “You know, it’s normal that this topic isn’t approached in a calm way, because it’s about the destiny of the people, the destiny of the nation, the French people are being expropriated from this territory and from their country. That’s significant, so it’s quite normal that no one is calm about this phenomenon.”
In the past months and years, Zemmour has worked diligently to bring Renaud Camus’s concept of “The Great Replacement” to the forefront of political debate in France and much of the western world. In May, Zemmour said on national television that the French people and the people of the West are currently engaged in a struggle of survival against the Great Replacement, as Remix News previously reported.
“I think the anguish felt over the end of France as it was, the anguish of the Great Replacement, has become a global feeling,” said Zemmour. “The fear of no longer being France, the fear of the famous Great Replacement. A lot of people are starting to think that Islam is going to replace us. It has become a massive feeling, a mass of 70 to 80 percent of France.”
Despite the open border policies of French President Emmanuel Macron and his predecessor François Hollande which have seen demographic replacement accelerate in France, most French people continue to reject these policies, with the vast majority saying they want a halt to all immigration in France.