This collective demonstration, organized on the anniversary of the publication in 1898 of the famous letter from Emile Zola to the President of the Republic, “J’accuse …!”, Aimed to challenge the comments made in the fall of 2020 on CNews by the one who at the time was not yet a far-right presidential candidate.
“It’s murky, this story,” Eric Zemmour said about the Dreyfus affair. “We will never know, it is not obvious”, he had also affirmed concerning the innocence of Captain Dreyfus, condemned in 1894 for espionage for the profit of Germany, before being rehabilitated in 1906.
“No, Mr. Zemmour, since 1897, there is no doubt, absolutely no, about the innocence of Captain Dreyfus”, hammered the Mulhouse actor Christophe Oster, reading a text on behalf of the collective, in front of the birthplace by Alfred Dreyfus.
“We can not say anything, we can not cross the red line, and Eric Zemmour crosses this line,” said AFP Bernard Eichholtzer, spokesperson for the collective, and head of elementary school at retirement.
“These are words that are not acceptable with regard to the values of the Republic. When Eric Zemmour calls into question the judicial institution, the work of historians, academics, he conveys nauseating ideas that are not acceptable, it is living together that is threatened, ”he added.
The collective’s approach, which aims to be apolitical, has received the support of nearly 500 citizens and associations, mainly in Alsace, but also within the university community, and is considering a way to extend this mobilization to react to the expression. public of distortions of history.