Eric Zemmour provoked a controversy after his remarks in favor of “specialized establishments” for children with disabilities and against “the obsession with inclusion” in the traditional school environment, arousing the “anger” of the Secretary of State in charge of disability, Sophie Cluzel.
Friday, during a discussion with teachers committed to his cause in Honnecourt-sur-Escaut (North), the far-right candidate explained “thinking that we actually need specialized establishments, except for people with slight disabilities obviously “. “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.
“A pitiful statement”
The 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. “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.
By wanting to get disabled children out of the school of the republic @ZemmourEric by this pitiful statement illustrates once again his rejection of differences. People in a situation of #Handicap have their place in society https://t.co/MyGpClVOV0
— Sophie Cluzel 🇨🇵🇪🇺 (@s_cluzel) January 15, 2022
The leader of the LR deputies, Damien Abad, himself with a disability, denounced “scandalous” remarks by Eric Zemmour and “segregation on all floors”. “Yes, we have to be obsessed with inclusion. I ask for a public apology, ”he launched on Twitter.
Scandalous remarks by Eric Zemmour on the education of disabled children whom he wants to exclude from school in an ordinary environment. This segregation on all levels is an absolute shame. Yes we must be obsessed with inclusion. I demand a public apology
— Damien Abad (@damienabad) January 14, 2022
Eric Zemmour (Reconquest!) 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 “disabled” 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. I don’t think so”, “not to put them away but to take better care of them”. The presidential candidate called for “taking into account the particular cases” of each child, with possibilities of “bridges” between “specialized establishments” and “ordinary”.