Je ne suis pas Charlie ~ Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, the Duke of Anjou

Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, the Duke of Anjou

“I will go against the emotional tide and break with the ‘I Am Charlie’ movement. No, I am not Charlie, because I never liked that Manichean newspaper. Charlie Hebdo is a vulgar rag that treats all opinions except its own with contempt, and which, under the guise of freedom of expression, allows everyone to act provocatively. Charlie Hebdo is an aggressive newspaper that uses what is alleged to be humor to spawn hatred between religions. Charlie Hebdo is a reflection of a European atheist society that creates enemies instead of respect and brotherhood among nations and peoples, regardless of their differences, race, skin color, or religion. So I refuse to take part in a “republican sacred alliance” to defend Charlie, because I simply do not understand what it is I should defend. I do not mean to be disrespectful or irreverent and do not wish to insult the memory of the dead cartoonists. Words fail to express the horror of the attack that occurred in the newspaper’s office. I condemn this barbaric act and offer my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died. But I condemn this attempt at national unity, as well as the hypocrisy of those of the public who never read this satirical weekly publication. Honor the memory of the victims, yes. Pay tribute to Charlie Hebdo, no.”

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