Gilles Platret, Marine Le Pen, Michel Rocard… The politics of the Godwin point

Some politicians, when they warm up, quickly come to refer to Adolf Hitler or Nazism. On October 5, it was the turn of Gilles Platret, mayor of Chalon-sur-Saône.

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Even Jean-Marc Morandini was shocked. On the set of CNews, Gilles Platret, mayor of Chalon-sur-Saône, had however warned, on October 5: “I am going to use a word which will inevitably make people react. “And the spokesperson for the Republicans to assert:” In some neighborhoods (…) I feel a kind of ethnic cleansing (…). It’s not just a feeling, it’s a reality, you have people of foreign origin who are gradually chasing away what in demographics are called natives. »Disapproval, even in the ranks of LR. “Police of thought”, according to Gilles Platret. The CSA was seized.

December 2010: Marine Le Pen compares street prayers to “the Occupation”



Marine Le Pen, June 9, 2011 in Nanterre.


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Marine Le Pen, June 9, 2011 in Nanterre.

Islam in the crosshairs. On December 10, 2010, in Lyon, on the lands of Bruno Gollnisch, whom she then faced to take the head of the FN, Marine Le Pen tackled the street prayers organized by some Muslims in lack of places of worship: “For those who like to talk a lot about the Second World War, if it’s about the Occupation, we could talk about it now. (…) Of course, there are no tanks, but it is an occupation all the same. After general indignation, she corrects: “The Occupation of World War II is with a capital” O “. The occupations I was talking about are those with a little “o”. “Tried for inciting racial hatred, she was released in December 2015.

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August 2010: Michel Rocard, the miners and “Vichy”



Michel Rocard, October 28, 2010, on the air of the “Grand Journal” on Canal +.


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Michel Rocard, October 28, 2010, on the air of the “Grand Journal” on Canal +.

Major anger. In August 2010, Michel Rocard was indignant at the will of the government of Nicolas Sarkozy to condemn the parents of delinquent children to prison. “The law on juvenile delinquents goes from individual criminal responsibility to collective responsibility,” he denounces in Marianne. We hadn’t seen this since Vichy, we hadn’t seen it since the Nazis. “Himself criticizes the security” exaggerations “of the executive, the former Prime Minister Alain Juppé will qualify:” Despite all the esteem and even the friendship that I have for him, I find that Michel Rocard, when ‘he evokes Vichy and Nazism, loses common sense. ”

March 2009: Christine Albanel, Hadopi and the “Gestapo”



Christine Albanel in June 2009 in Paris.


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Christine Albanel in June 2009 in Paris.

The Godwin point sometimes appears unexpectedly in certain debates. On March 12, 2009, during the examination of the creation and Internet bill, the Minister of Culture, Christine Albanel, defends the creation of the High Authority for the dissemination of works and the protection of rights on the Internet (Hadopi), a highly contested project. “I am overwhelmed by all the cartoons on all the benches and by the stubbornness which consists in presenting Hadopi as a kind of antenna of the Gestapo”, declares the minister. Faced with the outcry, she “withdraws” this word. The Hadopi should be merged with the Superior Audiovisual Council on January 1, 2022 to become the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority (Arcom).

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