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“The controversy is representative of the runaway effects of public debate”

Melanie Faure
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10:45 a.m., May 22, 2022

Guest this Sunday of the Grand Rendez-Vous on Europe 1, in partnership with CNews and Les Echos, Clément Beaune reacted to the controversy surrounding the appointment of Pap Ndiaye to the post of Minister of National Education. He lamented a “surreal and dishonest” controversy, calling it a “delusional trial”.

Clément Beaune reacted to the controversy following the appointment of historian Pap Ndiaye to the Borne government. The minority specialist succeeds Jean-Michel Blanquer at the Ministry of National Education. “This controversy is representative of the effects of the runaway public debate”, pointed out Sunday the Minister Delegate in charge of Europe in the Grand Rendez-vous hosted by Europe 1, in partnership with CNews and Les Echos.

“I find it surreal and dishonest,” he added, calling it a “delusional trial.” “You have a great academic recognized in France and internationally who has accepted a very heavy responsibility, who gave a single speech as Minister of National Education and Youth.”

“Shades of expression sensitivities” with Blanquer

Clément Beaune, who recalled not knowing him personally, denied the remarks which depict him as a “wokist, an indigenist and a communitarian”. “Working on the issues of minorities, discrimination and racism, is this sinking into communitarianism?” he asked.

Asked by Mathieu Bock-Côté about the government’s “change of line” after the appointment of a personality like Pap Ndiaye to succeed Jean-Michel Blanquer, Clément Beaune dismissed the remarks out of hand. “Absolutely not,” he assured. “There are nuances of sensibilities of expression. In the evaluation of what wokism, indigenism, communitarianism, they may not have the same appreciation”, he however later recognized.

Clément Beaune, however, recalled that Pap Ndiaye has taken no action as minister, calling not to judge him prematurely.

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