« Je savais où je voulais vivre, avec qui je voulais vivre, et comment je voulais vivre. À mes yeux médusés d’ enfant, le mot France brillait de tous les feux : histoire, littérature, politique, guerre, amour, tout était rassemblé et transfiguré par une même lumière sacrée, un même art de vivre mais aussi de mourir, une même grandeur, une même allure, même dans les pires turpitudes. La France coulait dans mes veines, emplissait l air que je respirais ; je n’imaginais pas être la dernière génération à grandir ainsi. Il ne faut pas se leurrer. Le travail de déconstruction opéré depuis quarante ans n’a laissé que des ruines. Il n y a pas d’origine de la France, puisque la France n’existe pas, puisqu il n’y a plus d’origine à rien. On veut défaire par l’histoire ce qui a été fait par l’Histoire : la France. L’Histoire est désormais détournée, occultée, ignorée, néantisée. L’Histoire de France est interdite. On préfère nous raconter l’histoire des Français ou l’histoire du monde. Tout sauf l’Histoire de France. Mais cette Histoire se poursuit malgré tout et malgré tous. Elle a des racines trop profondes pour être arrachées. Elle s’est répétée trop souvent pour ne pas se prolonger jusqu à aujourd’hui. Les mêmes causes produisent les mêmes effets. Les mêmes lois s’ imposent au-delà des générations. L’Histoire se venge. » Après le phénoménal best-seller Le Suicide français, Éric Zemmour se livre avec force et sans tabou à une analyse de l’identité française en réhabilitant ses fondations.
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Continent sans frontière
La réponse de Theo Francken à la question : “Qu’est-ce qui pousse des centaines de milliers de jeunes gens issus d’Afrique, du Moyen-Orient et d’Asie centrale à entreprendre la longue marche vers l’Europe ?”Brexit, euroscepticisme, attentats, peur culturelle de l’Islam… L’Europe vit des temps agités. Dans ” Continent sans frontière “, le secrétaire d’État Theo Francken démontre, de manière irréfutable, l’implication de l’immigration de masse dans cette évolution. Avec son style direct, il analyse les motivations qui poussent, chaque année, des centaines de milliers de jeunes gens issus d’Afrique, du Moyen-Orient et d’Asie centrale à entreprendre “la longue marche vers l’Europe”. Une marche qui, depuis la crise migratoire de 2015, est devenue totalement hors de contrôle.
Sans ménagement, Theo Francken dépeint la passivité que manifeste l’establishment traditionnel à cet égard. Il nous entraîne dans des lieux où les caméras ne pénètrent pas. Nous découvrons ainsi les coulisses politiques des Conseils européens et les mécanismes de l’industrie des passeurs, sans oublier l’Histoire tourmentée de l’Europe et les complexes moraux de notre société occidentale.
En même temps, Theo Francken nous montre le chemin à suivre. En nous expliquant comment les choses peuvent se passer de manière différente ailleurs dans le monde et comment elles devraient se passer en Europe.
Theo Francken (1978) a étudié les Sciences éducatives (KU Leuven). Il est secrétaire d’État à l’Asile et la Migration, responsable de la Simplification administrative et bourgmestre de Lubbeek. Il travaille depuis déjà vingt ans à la Rue de la Loi, tant sur la scène qu’en coulisse, autour de thèmes tels que la migration, l’intégration, l’éducation et l’emploi.
Joren Vermeersch (1981) a un master en droit avec des post-masters en droit européen international (UGent, Coimbra, Wroclaw) et un master en Histoire (UGent, gagnant du prix André De Schaepdrijver). Il a travaillé comme attaché au Conseil du Contentieux des Étrangers et comme assistant de groupe de la Chambre des Représentants. Aujourd’hui, il est rédacteur des discours au cabinet de Theo Francken et chroniqueur pour le site d’opinion Doorbraak.be.
MOFA to “do its best” to set up APEC meets with U.S., China reps
Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will do its best to have Taiwan’s representative meet with his American and Chinese counterparts at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Wednesday.
“We would not rule out any possibility and will do our best to make it happen,” Wu told lawmakers when asked at a legislative hearing to comment on the possibility of such meetings.
Morris Chang (張忠謀), founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has been named as Taiwan’s representative to attend the APEC leaders’ summit in Papua New Guinea from Nov. 12 to 18.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), meanwhile, are expected to represent their respective countries.
Asked what Chang would discuss if he met with those leaders, Wu said Chang would probably raise Taiwan-U.S. trade and investment issues with Pence and extend some “goodwill gesture” to Xi, without elaborating on what kind of gesture could be made.
Previously commenting on whether Chang would meet with Pence, the top U.S. representative to Taiwan, Brent Christensen, did not give a direct answer.
“We anticipate that he (Chang) will, in fact, as is always the case, interact with other leaders at the summit. But at this point we don’t have specific information about how that might happen,” Christensen, the new director of the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) Taipei office, said on Oct. 31.
Christensen also praised the selection of Chang as an “inspiring choice.”
“He represents everything that is good about Taiwan, a really outstanding and very prominent figure in Taiwan society,” he said.
(By Joseph Yeh)
China Airlines mulling purchase of 6 more widebody Airbus planes
Toulouse, France, Oct. 22 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), one of the leading international carriers in Taiwan, said Monday that it is thinking of buying another six extra wide-body A350 aircraft as part of its plan to expand its global transportation network.
CAL Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (何煖軒) told the press in Toulouse that his company is studying the possibility of purchasing the long haul A350-900 XWBs or the bigger A350-1000 XWBs and will make a decision later this year or next year.
Ho made the comment on the sidelines of a ceremony at which CAL took the delivery of an A300-900 XWB, the latest addition to its fleet of 13 Airbus aircraft of that model.
CAL’s latest A300-900 XWB features a unique joint livery that combines the airline’s distinctive plum blossom logo with Airbus’ exclusive A350 XWB carbon fiber pattern.
In 2008, CAL signed with Airbus to buy 14 A350-900 XWBs, with an option of an additional six planes, which Ho said CAL is now considering.
He said either the A300-900 or the A300-1000 would be a good choice at a time of rising fuel costs resulting from a spike in international crude oil prices.
According to CAL, the A350 XWB is manufactured by means of the most advanced technology and is a lighter and safer model because of its high-end production materials.
In addition, the aircraft model is eco-friendly, which means it can cut carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent and lower maintenance costs, CAL said.
CAL said it is the fourth largest buyer of the A350 XWB series and that it is listed by Airbus as a customer that is likely to purchase more aircraft in that series.
Airbus has also received an order for 17 A350XWBs, five A350-900s and 12 A350-1000s from a newly established Taiwan-based carrier, StarLux Airlines, which is expected to start operations in 2020.
As part of Airbus’ promotion of the A300-1000, it flew the aircraft to Taipei in January on a demonstration tour across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.
(By Wang Shu-fen and Frances Huang)
Taiwan asks China to explain human rights worker’s prison transfer
Taipei, Oct. 25 (CNA) Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has asked China to provide an explanation as to why jailed Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) was abruptly transferred to another prison in Hebei Province, Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said on Thursday.
Lee, a Taiwanese democracy advocate, has been detained in China since March 2017 and was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of “subversion of state power” in November last year.
Before his transfer, Lee was imprisoned at Chisan Prison in Hunan Province.
Chiu said the council was informed of Lee’s prison transfer by the Taiwanese business association in Hunan, which said it was notified by the Chinese government on Oct. 19 that Lee had been taken to Yancheng Prison in Hebei.
According to the association, the authorities did not provide further explanation.
Lee’s family members were unaware of his transfer, the MAC official said.
MAC and the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) have already asked China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) and Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) to provide an explanation over Lee’s abrupt transfer, including information on Yancheng’s visitation regulations, Chiu said.
Founded in 2002, Yancheng is one of two prisons in China that are run directly by the central government. The facility spans 44 hectares and has the capacity to house over 1,600 prisoners, according to information published online by China’s popular search engine Baidu Inc.
(By Miao Zong-han and Ko Lin)
Taiwan calls on China to end hostility, restore peace: MAC chief
Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) on Friday called on China to end its hostility toward Taiwan and help restore peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait.
“We hope China can reverse its hostile and confrontational thinking…and join us (Taiwan) in ushering a new era of reform and cross-strait relations,” Chen said in his opening speech at an international conference on “Mainland China’s Reform and Opening Up, 1978-2018: Prospect and Challenge.”
Maintaining the status quo is a joint responsibility, but recently China has been trying to disrupt cross-strait exchanges and upsetting the stable relations between the two sides, he said.
“This has gone beyond the tolerance of all major political parties and people of Taiwan. And it is unacceptable to the international community,” he said.
The country will never back down or act rashly to escalate confrontation, because maintaining the status quo is still the greatest common denominator among the Taiwanese people, Chen explained.
Taiwan’s most cherished assets are its democratic system and values, and the country will go all out to defend its interests, he said.
Noting that this year is the 40th anniversary of China’s launch of market-based economic reforms, the MAC chief hoped that Chinese leaders could replicate their country’s economic success with reforms that embrace democracy and abandon totalitarianism and dictatorship.
Taiwan is willing to share its experience of transformation with China to promote mutual advancement and development, Chen said.
(By Miao Zong-han and Ko Lin)
President Tsai discusses fake information with U.S. official
Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) met with United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scott Busby in Taipei Friday to share experiences and exchange views on countering fake information, deepening democracy and promoting human rights, according to the Presidential Office.
In a press release issued by the Presidential Office that day, Tsai said the current proliferation of fake information has become a challenge facing democracies around the world that has the power to impact the stable development of countries.
“We should seek a cooperative solution in the light of current issues,” Tsai said in reference to Busby’s visit.
Taiwan, like the United States, strives to defend the values of freedom, democracy and human rights, Tsai said, adding that in addition to thanking other countries for their support and assistance with democratic reform in Taiwan, she also hopes to share that experience with the international community.
Tsai talked to Busby about Taiwan’s experience with transitional justice including passing the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice, which seeks to address injustices committed during the country’s authoritarian-era, and the creation of the Transitional Justice Commission.
The value of transitional justice is to remember the lessons of history and move towards true reconciliation, Tsai affirmed.
Meanwhile, Tsai also said that over the past two years, relations between Taiwan and the U.S. have continued to improve, adding that she looks forward to more cooperation between the two countries.
Busby, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, was a special guest at a two-day Taiwan-U.S. co-hosted workshop on defending democracy, held Thursday and Friday.
The workshop was held under the Taiwan-U.S. Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which represents U.S. interests in the absence of official diplomatic ties. It was the 13th workshop since the GCTF’s inception in 2015.
(By Yeh Su-ping and William Yen)
Taiwan wants to invite China’s top cross-strait negotiator to visit
Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) is willing to invite the head of its counterpart in China to visit Taiwan this year, as 2018 is a milestone for the two organizations, a spokeswoman for the SEF said Wednesday.
Although dialogue between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait has been halted since May 2016, the SEF remains open to exchanges with China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), said SEF Deputy Secretary-General Kuan An-lu (管安露) at a press briefing.
Therefore, the SEF is hoping that ARATS president Zhang Zhijun will visit Taiwan this year, which is the 20th anniversary of a historic meeting in Shanghai between the first heads of the two semi-official organizations, Kuan said.
She also said that SEF Chairwoman Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月) would like to visit China, if there is an opportunity.
SEF and ARATS are intermediary organizations founded in 1990 to handle cross-strait affairs in the absence of formal relations.
In October 1998 then SEF Chairman Koo Chen-fu (辜振甫) and ARATS president Wang Daohan met in Shanghai and decided to resume dialogue between the two sides on economic and political issues.
Koo and Wang first met in Singapore in 1993 for the first direct cross-strait talks since 1949 when the Republic of China government relocated to Taiwan during a civil war.
Cross-strait talks were suspended by Beijing in 1995 to protest a visit by then Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) to the United States.
In May 2016, when President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party took office, dialogue between the two sides was again halted because of China’s discontent with Tsai’s cross-strait policy.
Kuan said the SEF, however, has maintained its institutional operations, and the communication mechanism between the two sides still exists, although Beijing’s unilateral suspension of the cross-strait dialogue has caused problems in the area of exchanges between the people of the two sides.
She urged Beijing not to let political factors stand in the way of cross-strait exchanges.
(By Miao Zong-han and Elizabeth Hsu)