‘Peoples are not interchangeable populations,’ Bock-Côté says in heated French immigration debate

Canadian sociologist and commentator Mathieu Bock-Côté. (CNews)
By Dénes Albert
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Peoples as a whole are not just interchangeable elements of population that can be moved at will, Canadian sociologist and commentator Mathieu Bock-Côté has claimed.

In a televised debate on the practicalities of a “zero immigration” policy on French channel CNews, Bock-Côté slammed the liberal perspective on mass migration which he claims is based on an assumption that people can move freely and assimilate easily into other societies.

“Peoples are not interchangeable populations that can be uprooted, transplanted, and individuals are not just economic units that can serve the present-time needs and logic of capital,” Bock-Côté told viewers.

“I am not a Marxist, in fact my career is based on realism, but what I have discovered is that this discourse only shows the pathology of liberalism in thinking that populations are elements that can be interchanged an discarded at will,” he added.

“What we can see in fact is the ‘global American dream’ which claims that anyone can come from anywhere and can serve as an Uber provider, and will eventually end up as owner of a large artificial intelligence company,” he said.

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However, he insisted that societies are “nothing like that,” and stated: “We have seen signs of brutal disputes in (French) neighborhoods, so reducing immigration to this concept would be just absurd.”

“We in fact witness populations cut from their links which live in pockets of poverty and misery, which is not at all poetic,” he said.

“It is the misery of people of who are the new slaves of the globalized economy.”

There are approximately 1,514 “lawless” neighborhoods in France which are primarily migrant neighborhoods featuring poverty and elevated crime levels, said Alain Chouet, the former Directorate General for External Security (DGSE) during an interview this month.

“There are 1,514 lawless neighborhoods on French territory that are prohibited from access by the security forces, the emergency services, medical and social services,” the ex-DGSE chief said.

France has seen a dramatic rise in crime in the last 20 years, including a 91 percent rise in murders and attempted murders, while at the same time its immigration population has exploded higher.

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