by Giulio Meotti
In Fort-de-France, Martinique, activists pulled down a road sign with the name of Victor Hugo before burning it. “If Victor Hugo is unworthy, no one is worthy,” said the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism.
The statue of Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, was also beheaded and demolished in Fort-de-France.
Same fate for the monument of Victor Schoelcher, the French legislator who abolished slavery.
The decolonization of memory is advancing not only in former colonies, but also in Paris, where the first to suffer the blows of cancel culture was Voltaire, whose statue was vandalized in that city. Then that of Hubert Lyautey, Minister of War during the First World War. Then Jean-Baptiste Colbert, author of the document that established the conditions of slavery. On its pedestal the inscription “state negrophobia”.
Now comes an appeal from French intellectuals: “Hands off my story.” Signed by the philosopher Alain…
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