Famed French philosopher and essayist Éric Zemmour says that France needs a referendum on immigration.
Mass migration to Europe constitutes amounts to population replacement and will end in bloodshed, warned French philosopher and essayist Éric Zemmour while speaking on French news channel CNews.
“Immigration changes the makeup of a people. It is a crime against the European peoples, it will end in bloodshed,” Zemmour said.
He believes that opposed to what European Union leaders say — including Commission President Ursula von der Leyen — the solution to the continent’s migration crisis can only come from the national level.
“I think quite oppositely. The solution is only national, quite simply for one reason. What is immigration? It is an influence on the composition of a population and therefore the composition of a people, which makes it a fundamentally national decision,” Zemmour said. “It is up to the nation who it wants to take in, who it wants to have among them and who it doesn’t want in its midst.”
He was speaking about the European Commission’s new immigration pact, which Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic have already rejected.
Zemmour, who is Jewish, said neither von der Leyen nor other European Union leaders can dictate terms in the name of a non-existent “European solidarity” which is as much of a fiction as an also non-existent “European nation” and called for France to hold a referendum on the issue of immigration.
“I’m in favor of a referendum [on migration], which we didn’t have in the past 40 years, so that the French people can express what they truly want,” he said, adding that instead of being the solution it thinks it is, Europe itself is the problem.
“Europe believes that it is the solution when in fact it is the problem or at least part of the problem” Zemmour said, saying that the free travel instituted under the Schengen rules, while convenient for EU nationals, has effectively taken away border control from its nations.
Second, he said, is the problem of European courts being fundamentally pro-immigration, citing human and family rights
“European jurisprudence (…) prevents the states from deciding or prohibiting the entry of many migrants,” Zemmour said, pointing out that the core idea of the EU was philosophically flawed.
“What does the European Union truly symbolize? It symbolizes the man without roots, who is somewhere in the wind, a global citizen,” he said.
On Thursday, after the leaders of the Visegrád Group discussed the Commission’s proposal, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a press conference that “migration must be stopped outside the borders of Europe”.
Zemmour is the author of “The French Suicide” and is known for his strong opposition against continued immigration to France. In a previous interview, he compared immigration in his country to a “demographic tsunami” and said he believes current immigration and integration policies have failed. He worked for the French channel RTL from 2010 to 2019.
France has undergone extreme demographic changes over the last decades, and features over 20 percent of all newborns have Arab-Muslim first names.
Data from last year shows that 21.53 percent of newborns in France were given Arab-Muslim first names, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) showed.
The highest ratio of Arab-Muslim names, at 54 percent, was registered in the Seine-et-Marne department near Paris with a population of about 1.4 million, of which 13.4 percent were born outside mainland France, with 1.4 percent in overseas territories, 2.3 percent in foreign countries that grant or granted French citizenship at birth, 3.8 percent immigrants from other EU countries, and 5.9 percent from non-EU countries.
Over the past 50 years, the ratio of Arab-Muslim first names for newborns rose almost constantly from 2.6 percent in 1969 to the current 21.53 percent, and the rise has been uninterrupted for the past 22 years beginning in 1997.
Studies have put the French official birthrate at 1.4 children per woman and the Muslim birthrate between 3.4 and 4 children per woman, with French economist Charles Gave predicting a Muslim majority in France in 40 years, but organizations such Pew Research say that the birthrate for Muslim women is lower, coming in at 2.8 children per woman.
France already has the largest Muslim population of any European country, with Pew Research estimating 5.7 million Muslims lived in the country as of 2016, however, Pew predicts that that the Muslim population could grow to 12.6 million by 2050.
This week, National Rally MEP Nicholas Bay said that high levels of immigration to France are unsustainable.
“If you add legal and illegal immigration, that’s over 400,000 arrivals each year… We cannot go on with such immigration,” Bay, who serves as the European deputy of RN, remarked as a guest on “4 Vérités” of France 2 on Sept. 21.
Statistics appear to back up Bay’s points about high levels of migration to France, a country which already has the largest Muslim population in Europe. For example, 276,576 new residence permits were issued in 2019, according to the French Ministry of the Interior. In addition, 132,700 new asylum requests were made in 2019. With both figures added together, it equals over 400,000 new entries into France, and does not even include illegal migrants who have not filed for asylum applications.
Last year, French political scientist Jérôme Fourquet explained to French publication Le Figaro that declining birthrates, as well as immigration, are behind France’s demographic transformation.
He pointed to the fact that there were 70,000 fewer children born in 2019 than in 2014 ,while at the same time, migratory flows are contributing to demographic shifts that accelerated in the 2000s.
Since France does not keep official data on the ethnic composition of the country, researchers have resorted to the study of first names and examined religious affiliations in order to ascertain France’s true demographic picture.
“The study of the prevalence of types of first names among newborns makes it possible in particular to aggregate the strength of legal and illegal migratory flows, because, with some exceptions, all children born on French soil are registered with the INSEE [France’s national statistics bureau], even if their parents are illegal,” Fourquet added.