“Of course French society rose up en masse on January 11, 2015 to say ‘we are Charlie’ but I also observe with some concern the fractures in French society,” said the former Prime Minister.

“Charlie does not change, it is still a newspaper that resists Islamism, political Islam, the most abject and which led to the death of these journalists”, declared on Tuesday on Franceinfo the former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, while Charlie Hebdo republishes, in its issue of Wednesday, September 2, the twelve cartoons of Muhammad who had made the satirical newspaper the target of the jihadists.

“That’s why I’m Charlie and why a lot of us are still Charlie after these years which have just passed”, continues the one who was head of government at the time of the January 2015 attacks. Freedom of speech “has retreated because part of the political class, part of the left has retreated”, he argues.

I share this act of resistance, this way of saying that they are still standing, that terrorism has not brought them down.Manuel Vallsto franceinfo

I think it’s important to remember why terrorists entered the offices of a newspaper and killed journalists in a horrible way “, he says. “When I see that there are 20% of young people who say they do not condemn the perpetrators of these attacks [sondage Ifop pour Charlie Hebdo], the basic work of pedagogy has not been done enough. We are all responsible “, believes the former Prime Minister.

“Of course French society rose up en masse on January 11, 2015 to say ‘we are Charlie’ but I also observe with some concern the fractures in French society”, deplores Manuel Valls. About that expression “Je suis Charlie” he points to “a part of public officials, intellectuals, the press” who “precisely gave up this fight “, according to him.

“When major newspapers or when press directors, like Edwy Plenel, explained that Caroline Fourest, myself and especially Charlie were spreading anti-Muslim hatred, how do you want a part of society to feel in harmony with Charlie? “, asks the one who is now Barcelona city councilor in Spain. According to Manuel Valls, it is necessary “stay Charlie because it’s the most beautiful way to be quite simply French”.

The former head of government says the trial of the January 2015 attacks which opens on Wednesday September 2 is a trial “deeply political”. “First, of course, for the victims of Charlie, Montrouge, Hyper Cacher because basically we were targeting both journalists, police officers because they protected us, French Jews quite simply because they were Jews. So yes, it is deeply political because it is a political thought, Islamism, which wanted to destroy freedom and those who embodied it “, concludes Manuel Valls.