Pamphlets anti-semitic Céline, the French prime minister in favour of their publication

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Louis-Ferdinand Céline in 1951, in Paris

Paris — The French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, was in favour, on Sunday, the publication of pamphlets, anti-semitic writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline, who is the subject of debate in France, but on the condition that it be ” carefully accompanied “.


“I’m not afraid of the publication of these pamphlets, but it will carefully accompany it,” said the head of government in an interview in the Sunday Newspaper. “There are excellent reasons to hate the man, but you can’t ignore the writer nor its central place in French literature “.


The publisher Gallimard plans to publish, under the title of polemical Writings, a volume bringing together the texts of anti-semitic and racist Celine : Trifles for a massacre, The school of corpses and The Fine linen.

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The prefect, Frederic Potter, inter-ministerial delegate to fight against racism, anti-semitism and the hate, anti-LGBT, had warned Gallimard in December on the risks of a re-release, claiming to be “guaranteed” in terms of supporting criticism of the book.


The publisher shall ensure that its ” intent is to frame and to put them in context of the writings of great violence, marked in particular by the anti-semitic author “. The critical apparatus and the warning will be determined by Régis Tettamanzi, a specialist of the work célinienne, writer and member of the académie Goncourt, Pierre Assouline, signing the preface.


Defender of the cause of the deported jews from France, Serge Klarsfeld, which calls for the prohibition of the republication of these pamphlets, was indignant about the words of the head of the government.


“It is likely that the prime minister has not read a single page of these disgusting pamphlets anti-jewish,” responded Mr. Klarsfeld said in a statement. “Otherwise he would not have used the argument of the “central place” of Céline in the French literature to accept the publication of these pamphlets, “carefully accompanied'”.


“It is not conceivable that the political society, French accepts the dissemination of such texts which are harmful and talented of incitement to racial hatred and the extermination of the Jews,” added the tireless militant of the memory of the Holocaust. “We will not allow republishing of such texts that have led our parents to death. “


The three texts are anti-semitic — published between 1937 and 1941 — have not been republished since the end of the Second world War. However, one can find them quite easily on the Web, without critical apparatus.