Friday, December 11, 2009

"The Debate" Comes to le 93

The great debate on national identity came to Seine-Saint-Denis yesterday. The prefect, under whose auspices the official debate is organized by order of the Minister of Immigration, Integration, and National Identity, admonished the audience: "En laissant la parole à la salle, Nacer Meddah, préfet de Seine-Saint-Denis, conclut: «J'espère que les échanges seront emprunts de dignité.»" Well, anyway that's the way Libé saw fit to print his words, which I suspect were rather empreints de dignité. For the rest, you can read the account in the linked article. At least one member of the audience came away happy: Eric Raoult. He was so pleased, in fact, that he wants to repeat the exercise annually: "Le député UMP de Seine-Saint-Denis et maire du Raincy a trouvé le débat «très beau, très émouvant». Tellement fertile, en fait, qu'il faudrait selon lui en tenir «un par an»."

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