Pierre Haski’s article in CiF on the French elections contains this little gem:
But Le Pen’s success is also, as Hollande suggested in his first speech on Sunday night, the responsibility of Nicolas Sarkozy who played with fire in his attempts to bring back Front National voters to his side.
He encroached shamelessly on their ground, stoking up fears of immigration and Islam. One of his top aides – Claude Guéant, the minister of the interior – even suggested in a speech that all civilizations were not equal.
He took the risk of legitimising what should have remained marginal and extreme ideas and themes.
Topic for discussion: are all societies equal?
And more to the point, is suggesting, nay even thinking that they might not be, grounds to brand one an ‘extremist’?