He argues against racism and xenophobia, hatred and violence, and says that public life should not be debased and diverted into hatred for one section of the population by reason of their origin, culture, or religion. He wants the Republic of France to be for everyone, an open society. 'An urgent and necessary warning cry against hatred and the politics of fear and indifference that fuels it'.
'There is aproblem with Islam in France,' a respected member of the prestigious Academie Francaise recently proclaimed, regretting that this 'concern for civilization' should be 'abandoned to the Front National'. In response to the intellectual banalization of a discourse similar to that which maintained the existence of a 'Jewish problem' in France, before the European catastrophe, this book takes the side of French compatriots of Muslim origin, culture or belief, against those who make them into scapegoats for our disquiets and uncertainties. At stake is not just solidarity but fidelity. Fidelity to our history, to our memory, to ourheritage. In defence of the Muslims, therefore, as our predecessors wrote indefence of the Jews, the blacks or the Roma, but also in defence of minorities and the oppressed. Or, quite simply, of France. The author has added a new preface after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 and the resultant state backlash.