Friday, during a discussion with teachers committed to his cause in Honnecourt-sur-Escaut (North), the far-right candidate Éric Zemmour explained “thinking that we actually need specialized establishments, except for people who are slightly obviously handicapped.
“As for the rest, yes, I think that the obsession with inclusion is a bad way for other children and for those children, who are the poor, completely overwhelmed by other children. So I think we need specialized teachers who take care of it, ”he said.
Secretary of State for Disability Sophie Cluzel lambasted this Saturday on Twitter “a pitiful statement”. “Very angry” on BFMTV, she criticized a “miserable” and “exclusive” vision of disability.
Appalled by the miserable and excluding vision that Eric Zemmour carries.
It starts with foreigners and then people with disabilities, how far will it go? He thinks that anything different should be excluded.
It is not the society that we carry! @governmentFR pic.twitter.com/8PwKJzAoFX
— Sophie Cluzel ???? (@s_cluzel) January 15, 2022
“Of course it’s complicated, but it’s really an honor for France to be able to educate these children with others, among others,” she added.
“Segregation at all levels”
The leader of the LR deputies, Damien Abad, himself with a disability, denounced “scandalous” remarks by Éric Zemmour and “segregation on all floors”.
“Yes, we have to be obsessed with inclusion. I ask for a public apology, ”he launched on Twitter.
The candidate of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, for her part deemed it “unforgivable” to “attack children weakened by a disability”, when the communist candidate, Fabien Roussel, said he was “revolted by the proposal” to ‘Éric Zemmour, comparing it to an “apartheid society”.
Facing the bronca, the far-right candidate explained himself and nuanced his remarks this Saturday morning in Villers-Cotterêts (Aisne). “Of course, there are cases where putting them in an ordinary establishment is a good thing because it allows them to progress, to socialize. And then there are other cases, real, more numerous than we say where it is a suffering for these children”.
“What I meant was that I don’t want the obsession with inclusion to deprive us and lead us to neglect the need for specialized institutions,” he continued. “I think it’s an ideological position, as always. We decided it was better to put everyone together. Me, I think not”, “not to put them away, but to deal with them better”.
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