Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"I pledge allegiance to the flag ..."

Jean-François Copé wants every French man and woman to pledge allegiance to France and declare his or her readiness to die, if need be, in her defense. He is shocked that anyone is upset by this proposal, but even the military is unenthusiastic: one general commented that "ce type de mesure n'est pas dans la tradition française. Elle est de surcroît plus dans la tradition d'une armée de conscription que d'une armée professionnelle." And Bruno Le Maire, in charge of the UMP presidential platform, was silent when asked if this idea would be part of it. But the best reaction came from Marine Le Pen, who knows how to surenchérir on Copé's cocorico nationalism: "Encore un serment, s'est-elle étonnée. L'américanisation, qu'est-ce qu'on aime ça chez Sarkozy. Ils vont bientôt nous sortir la Bible!"


Kirk said...

On the news on France 2 last night, they said this was "like it's done in the United States." Well, I grew up in the states, and I was never asked or forced to make any pledge to fight for that country. The pledge to the flag that kids make is nothing at all like what this proposal is suggesting. This is more of a militaristic concept, something that the US pledge does not have at all. (And even if it did, since 3-year olds do it, it wouldn't have much value.)

Anonymous said...

Even in the US, adults aren't expected to pledge allegiance in a specific ceremony. And it's to the flag, not to "weapons", unless I misunderstood "armes".
On the other hand, the left didn't jump on it whereas the right is split about it, so it boomeranged back.

Cincinna said...

Our Pledge of Allegiance is simple and direct. Millions of our children recite it every day, just as we did in school. It reminds us of who we are as a people and our common core beliefs. Those who object, for whatever reason, may remain silent, if they choose.
It is a Pledge, not an Oath.

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The French oath resembles more the Oath sworn by the POTUS at inauguration, and members of the US Military.

As an American, I have no problem with the Pledge. It is for the French people to decide how they want to deal with the issue

Cincinna said...

As part of the process that turns immigrants into American citizens, during their naturalization ceremony, new citizens recite the Pledge of Allegiance, hand over heart, and become Americans.
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