“Multiculturalism has failed” in Europe
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday declared that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.
“We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him,” he said in a television interview in which he declared the concept a “failure.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron last month pronounced his country’s long-standing policy of multiculturalism a failure, calling for better integration of young Muslims to combat home-grown extremism.
I don’t know if a “melting pot” approach will work in European countries, but it looks like they want to give it a try. We’ll see how well they do integrating the “other” and all that.
More from Sarkozy:
“If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France…The French national community cannot accept a change in its lifestyle, equality between men and women… freedom for little girls to go to school….We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him.”