“By euphemizing Islamism, part of the left has become inaudible”

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Only a flower and a sign

Teacher in a college in the Paris region, Christophe Naudin is the author of Diary of a Bataclan survivor (Libertalia, 2020), a book in which he returns to the drama and his reconstruction journey, before harshly criticizing a part of the left, which he considers complacent with the Islamists. In 2015, he also co-signed, with William Blanc, at the same publisher, Charles Martel and the Battle of Poitiers. From history to identity myth.

The assassination of Samuel Paty by a young jihadist, based on an accusation relayed by an Islamist parent and with the help of the students who appointed him, did it appear to you as a change?

Like everyone else, I was flabbergasted, of course, when it happened. Dumbfounded, but not surprised on the merits, because I had, since the start of the 2016 school year, this fear – I mention it from the beginning of my book – that the jihadists attack the school, as they had announced in their propaganda. I knew that they could target teachers, for anything they represent to them and that they hate. The threat loomed. Children were, it is true, in a form of complicity, even if, obviously, they did not know what was going to happen, but it is above all a jihadist attack. I am more angry with the parents who were behind, in a whirlwind of one-upmanship. What happened also reflects the problems that we as teachers may encounter, with the pressure exerted by some parents and the protests of some students. But I absolutely do not think that the motivation of the students involved was “jihadist”. With social networks, business that goes in all directions, without going so far, we have it regularly.

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History teacher and specialist in medieval Islam, you have been thrown into the heart of the extreme violence of a historical event. Has this changed your perception as a historian?

I have the impression that, on the contrary, it has rather reinforced this perception. Being a historian, working with hindsight and method and, in addition, on these subjects! allowed me to better absorb the shock. I sometimes tell myself that if this had happened to me when I was very young, I could have turned in on myself, maybe even hate Muslims. My status as a historian, in fact, is one of the things that has protected me.

Does your experience as a “Bataclan survivor”, which your students cannot ignore, have consequences for your professional practice?

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Ray Richard

Head of technical department in some websites, I have been in the field of electronic journalism for 12 years and I am interested in travel, trips and discovering the world of technology.

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