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Étienne de Montety was inspired by the assassination of Father Hamel four years ago. The horror happened again, Thursday, October 29, in Nice. The journalist-writer deciphers.
Étienne de Montety is a writer and journalist, deputy editor of Le Figaro and director of Le Figaro littéraire.
Your novel is inspired by. A similar terrorist act has just been committed at . Your reaction ?
I've wielded this horror material for months. I am shocked to see this mechanism of violence set in motion. The routes described are up to date. A certain identity malaise, a schematic religious culture, taken over by Islamists. It is the emergence of the most barbaric violence in our daily lives.
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You show how, even in a rural town, a young person can become radicalized ...
Uneasiness, unease with identity, is not the prerogative of certain neighborhoods. For some young people, even French ones, the question arises of a meaning to give to life. How to cut her off from these Islamist influences which are leading her to take action?
The Catholic journey, Islamism in prison, the grip of gangs in the cities. This novel is the result of journalistic surveys?
It’s the fruit of my profession, of my knowledge. I wanted to explore the interiority of this priest, a world that I know well. Islam, I have been interested in it for years. On the police side, on the other hand, I did not know the methods. I went to see the team that led the assault at. And then, as a journalist and citizen, I read a lot, explored these various facts, the journeys of men told in the media. Prison, Syria, swift action. All these stories give material to the novelist.
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Lack of integration, radicalization ... Would you use the term separatism?
There is a push to separate Muslims from French society. It hurts the Muslim community itself. The majority want to live their faith with everyone. Others are driven by the Salafi ideology which sees a practice of religion at odds with the Republic. The government calls it separatism. Yes, it is a desire to live among oneself, according to values which are not those of the Republic.
, for these young people, is it a transgression?
Youth thirsts for the ideal, for going beyond. These aspirations have previously been fulfilled by exploring the world, crossing the Atlantic, sport. The company has succeeded in channeling them. Today, part of the youth is struggling to find a meaning in life, an ideal. Our society seeks security, control, health ... All of these values are very beautiful, but for some young people it is sometimes difficult to accept. It can encourage enlistment for simplistic, caricatural causes.
The Great Test, Stock, 306 pages, 20 €.
(1) In the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray by two radical Islamists.
Attack in Nice: The assailant's state of health deteriorated, delaying his hearing .
Five other people linked to Brahim Issaoui, who also tested positive for Covid-19, are still in custody © SYSPEO / SIPA A soldier from Operation Sentinel facing the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption basilica, in Nice, November 3, 2020 INQUIRY - Five other people linked to Brahim Issaoui, who also tested positive at Covid-19, are still in custody His hearing had to be delayed for several days.