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Why Emmanuel Macron chose to appoint Pap Ndiaye to National Education – Le Journal du dimanche

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9:08 p.m., May 21, 2022 Barely named and already viciously attacked. It did not take more than a few hours for historian Pap Ndiaye, Emmanuel Macron’s new Minister of Education, to become the target of a violent smear campaign. From Marine Le Pen, who sees in this appointment “the last stone in the deconstruction of our country, its values ​​and its future”, to Éric Zemmour, who describes him as an “indigenous, wokist and obsessed with race”, the extreme right, in unison, attacked from the outset. The Republicans (LR) were not left out: “We already know where the Minister of National Education is: a follower of Islamo-leftism and an anti-cop activist! Terrifying “, was offended Éric Ciotti on Twitter. An expressed mistrust In question: the positions of Pap Ndiaye on certain social issues, such as racial discrimination or police violence. Associate of history, normalien and specialist in the United States, but also of “the black condition”, title of one of his essays, this internationally recognized academic had criticized the notion of “Islamo-leftism”. The exact opposite of his predecessor Jean-Michel Blanquer, who had helped to institutionalize the concept and in particular participated in a symposium devoted to this notion at the Sorbonne, in February. Read also – Islamo-gauchisme, wokisme…: à National Education, will Minister Pap Ndiaye be the anti-Blanquer? A surprising counterpoint in the Rue de Grenelle succession, therefore, staged by Emmanuel Macron – who had already installed Pap Ndiaye in 2021 at the head of the National Museum of the History of Immigration – in order to bring up to date the “notion of going beyond” which is dear to him, according to a ministerial adviser: “It is the strength of the President. He doesn’t want to put people in boxes, nor allow himself to be put in boxes. But some macronists have already publicly expressed their distrust of the new minister. Like the LREM deputy Jean-Louis Bourlanges, who estimated on Franceinfo that “the appointment of Pap Ndiaye poses a problem”. communitarian. What matters is to have deeply republican and universalist personalities. Three weeks before the legislative elections, the appointment of a figure marked on the left, moreover the first black personality to occupy a leading ministry after Christiane Taubira in Justice, looks very much like a pledge given to the electorate on the left. However, this triangulation is not unanimous among the President’s supporters. “You have to be careful of boomerang returns, worries someone close to a minister. People who saw Macron as a center-right, secular president might be disappointed ahead of the legislative elections. Barely named and already on a minefield.

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