POLITICS – The right (really) outside the walls. This Tuesday, December 21, Marine Le Pen congratulated Laurent Wauquiez, after his decision to suspend funding for the Auverge-Rhône-Alpes region at Sciences Po Grenoble, of which he denounces “the ideological and communitarian drift” after the sanction targeting an accused teacher of Islamophobia. “Well done”, simply tweeted the candidate of the National Assembly for the presidential election.
Before her, it was the other far-right candidate, Eric Zemmour, who welcomed the decision taken by the former boss of the Republicans. “Laurent Wauquiez understood perfectly how to cut short the infiltration of our grandes écoles by Islamo-leftism: by starting by shutting off the tap of public funding,” he commented. According to Le Figaro, the amount of these subsidies amounts to 200,000 euros per year (on a budget of 15 million), to which is added a check for 2.5 million euros for the renovation of buildings.
Laurent Wauquiez understood perfectly how to cut short the infiltration of our grandes écoles by Islamo-leftism: by starting by turning off the tap on public funding. https://t.co/yE65PrREy0
– Eric Zemmour (@ZemmourEric) December 20, 2021
“Repeat offender Islamophobe”
Let’s remember what it is. Klaus Kinzler, a German teacher, had been targeted by posters plastered on the walls of Sciences Po Grenoble, accusing him of Islamophobia. Public accusations which, a few months after the outburst that led to the assassination of Samuel Paty, had provoked controversy, and a strong condemnation of the political class.
However, if the process had aroused indignation, the professor in question had indeed made vehement remarks towards Islam, which had notably underlined the direction judging “extremely problematic” his manner of approaching the subject. The affair had erupted on the sidelines of a day of debates entitled “racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia”, a term whose scientific nature he contested, while criticizing Islam. Mediapart had also revealed the content of emails sent by the professor to his students, including a message concluding with this formula: “a teacher ‘in struggle’, Nazi by his genes, Islamophobic repeated offenders”.
Klaus Kinzler, claiming to be the victim of a witch hunt, then granted several interviews in the national press, in which he fulminated against the IEP, which in his eyes had become a school of “political re-education” aimed at imposing theories on students. “Woke”. A mission led by a “hard core” of teachers, with the blessing of the management. And it was because of these “defamatory comments” against the school that Klaus Kinzler was suspended. The director of the establishment accuses him of having “seriously undermined the professional integrity of his work colleagues”, which explains this disciplinary measure.
However, for the detractors of the school, it is neither more nor less of a political sanction. This particularly agitates the right and the extreme right, but not only. At war against “wokism”, the LREM deputy for Indre, François Jolivet, demanded “the supervision of Sciences Po Grenoble” and “the opening of a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the situation of French universities. ”. Or when the denunciation of a witch hunt turns into a witch hunt.
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