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Shailja Sharma

titles suggest, urged a move away from repentance and towards pride in the French nation. Pascal Bruckner, a philosopher, also joined in this trend, publishing his book La Tyrannie de la pénitence (2006) insisting that that France should escape its thrall to the ‘tyrannie de la pénitence’ (tyranny of guilt) and regain its place in the world. Therefore Sarkozy came to power supported by a groundswell of intellectual and popular support and a determination to move away from Jacques Chirac’s policies of accepting state responsibility for its history, unpalatable as it may

in Postcolonial minorities in Britain and France
The backlash against multiculturalism
Shailja Sharma

is true that some of Honeyford’s claims about self-segregation were quite inflammatory, his main point, that multicultural piety produces bad educational attainment and insufficient acculturation, has been borne out since the mid-1980s.  2 For a good historical account, see Asari et al. (2008).  3 Gaullism traditionally stands for a strong role for the state in economic affairs (dirigisme) and international affairs (a nuclear France), and for a strongly conservative approach in matters dealing with immigration and French overseas possessions. Both Jacques Chirac

in Postcolonial minorities in Britain and France