Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Henri d'Orléans: I cannot remain silent

Henri d'Orléans is a claimant to the throne of France. He has a remarkable noble lineage which stretches back over 1200 years. He has spoken out passionately against a new policy of integration being considered by the French government (hat tip: Gallia Watch).

The integration policy is a radical one. It suggests recasting French identity so that it is no longer based on the historic French nation. For instance, it recommends:
recognition of all languages in an identical manner. France must acknowledge the Arabo-Oriental dimension of her identity.

Tiberge at Gallia Watch writes:

Another recommendation: "a new Panthéon" and new streets. The authors state:

"History as taught makes references to great men who are for the most part white and heterosexual. Therefore, it is highly desirable for the "pantheon" of figures who incarnate great movements, great moments and the dynamics of pluralities in society to evolve."

Henri d'Orléans hit back in a speech that, although a little long for a blog post, is worth reading in full:
Is it necessary to recall what everybody knows: the extraordinary prophecies of George Orwell? It is true that it will always have been easier and more exciting to destroy a world rich from its culture, its efforts, and to erase forever the memory of the original roots of the people, whoever they may be. All of this on the pretext of providing a false new joie de vivre for future slaves, forced to choose between submission to the dictatorship of political correctness and absolute exclusion.

If France never succumbed to the blows, often fatal, that have been dealt her, it is because she still has a soul. At times, so dark and deep was the night of History, we might have thought that France had lost this soul, but in reality it was still there, riveted to the body of this old land where so many of our dead lie. The dead who fell at Bouvines, Rocroi, Denain, Jemmapes, Waterloo, Sedan, on the Marne and at Verdun, for France.

It so happens that in recent times there are those who try to re-write the History of our country without all these dead whom they find cumbersome, without Christianity that brought our country to the baptismal fonts and even fashioned its physiognomy, without those kings and two emperors, hardly "republicans", who made of France what it is.

Yes, some would like our country to be completely different from what it is, or more precisely, they would like it to be France no more. France should apologize for having been France, for not having been born in the form of a secular social republic in the 5th century after Jesus-Christ, for having spread its power beyond the sea, for having waged war and peace on the entire continent, for having built cathedrals and castles. Finally, the French people should blush for having entrusted their destiny for centuries to "white heterosexual males" who - it seems - clutter up the Pantheon and our history books, and who deserve to be chased out. And yet it was essentially "foreign", "impure" blood, as the Marseillaise sings, that flowed in the veins of the kings who made France, but for nothing in the world would they have touched this country of which they were the depositaries through the coronation.

Today, to facilitate the integration of millions of foreigners who live in France, "specialists" are suggesting that another France be forged from whole cloth, more in conformity with the ideological dogmas of which they are the dangerous propagandists.

It happens that I am the head of a family that, for more than a millennium, incarnated this France that they are claiming to abolish, and by virtue of this, I cannot remain silent. Even if, for obvious historic reasons, I am not a republican, never, since our return from exile, has the legitimacy that we represent opposed the will of the people; but this respect for republican legality does not exempt me from my duties as head of the royal house of France, from my duties as a Frenchman. The love I bring to France impels me to shout publicly here my indignation against his monstrous plan forged in the secrecy of ministerial antechambers.

I have noted the remarks of the president of the Republic, who declared that these proposals in no way expressed the position of the government, but I am awaiting, above all, from the president, an unquestionable condemnation of this report and its contents that aim not to change France, but to drown her like another Atlantis. I don't know what "to make France in a 'we' that is inclusive and united" (sic) means, but what I understand, and I am not the only one, is that the authors of this report are trying to undo France.

It is therefore in a state of deep distress and alarm shared by a majority of Frenchmen that I address here all of France, all those who love the country of which they are the heirs but also the depositaries. Over and beyond politics, beyond anything my person might represent to sincere republicans, even beyond my religious convictions that forge my identity but that are not shared by all, there is France and we cannot allow her to be undone.


  1. He's right. For many generations, white monarchs of white nations cherished their peoples and did not destroy them as democratically elected governments now do.

    Marie Antoinette, the Austrian, was as concerned with the French, their welfare and their morals, as any French-born queen could have been. The recent moves of the French parliament to destroy heterosexual marriage and the white family and replace the French nation with imported non-white Muslims would have horrified her and been inexplicable to her.

    For those who like democracy and support it as the best system, this is a disappointing result, to put it mildly.

  2. You don't have to be born an aristocrat to do this right, if you have brains and good character. Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, a Marshal of France, walked across the Swedish border and was instantly Swedish and wholly devoted to Swedish interests, even though he never learned to speak the language. His family reigns to this day, without any problems.

    King Charles XIII of Sweden did much better for his people by adopting an upright foreigner as his heir than the British electorate and political class did by elevating Tony Blair to the Prime Ministership. How is that? For fans of democracy, including me, that cries out for explanation.