January 25, 2022

Sciences Po Grenoble: the suspension of the professor is a “formal error” for Jean-Michel Blanquer

Klaus Kinzler supported. The Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, described this Wednesday, December 22 as a “formal error” the decision of the management of Science Po Grenoble to suspend for four months a professor accused of Islamophobia, for “defamatory remarks “.

“I think there is a formal error in the fact of having suspended him,” said Jean-Michel Blanquer, saying to himself “certain that the priority is not to sanction this gentleman”.

Asked about the decision of the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Laurent Wauquiez, to suspend funding from the community in response to the Institute for Political Studies, the Minister of National Education replied: “I think that ‘of course we have to react ”. “Perhaps it is not always spectacular measures that must be taken,” he added, however.

The controversy has agitated academia and politics since the suspension Monday of Klaus Kinzler, professor of German at the IEP in Grenoble. In interviews, the teacher described the IEP as an institute of “political re-education”, accusing a “hard core” of colleagues, followers of “woke” theories, of indoctrinating students, and the leadership of the IEP to let it go.

Originally, at the end of 2020, Klaus Kinzler and a fellow historian had exchanged vehement emails about a day of debates entitled “racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia” by challenging this formulation and criticizing Islam. On March 4, this German teacher was, with another teacher, the target of posters accusing him of “Islamophobia” posted by students at the entrance to the IEP and relayed on social networks by unions.

At the time, the management had condemned “very clearly” these posters, while considering that the way in which this professor spoke about Islam was “extremely problematic”.