Sarkozy won't be offering apologies for slavery as Chirac didBreaking News
President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy, by contrast, does not believe in saying he is sorry.
“I’m going to make the French proud of France again,” Mr. Sarkozy said in his speech after he was elected president on Sunday. “I am going to bring an end to repentance, which is a form of self-hatred, and the battle of memories that feeds hatred of others.”
But when Mr. Chirac pointedly asked Mr. Sarkozy to attend a ceremony remembering the victims of the French slave trade and celebrating the abolition of slavery, he could not refuse.
comments powered by Disqus
Juan Antonio Hervada-Giménez - 5/12/2007
Would today's inhabitants of Rome say they are sorry for Caligula? Are the Saudi royal family members to ask for forgivance of "their" secular gusto for slave trading?
Collective guilt is an absurdity and, beyond aesthetics, the origin of many a genocide.
- Veteran Congressman Still Pushing for Reparations in a Divided America
- Hitler's phone, 'the most destructive 'weapon' of all time,' sold for $243,000
- NYT features fascinating story about Ford’s fantasyland in Brazil
- Mark Zuckerberg issues manifesto on the future of Facebook that rests on insights of Israeli historian Yuval Harari
- Migration To Americas Came in Waves, According to Big Data
- Trump Chooses Historian H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser
- Holocaust Historian Deborah Lipstadt Explains Why People Believe Trump's Lies
- Princeton’s Harold James warns World War Three is now a "serious threat”
- Israeli schools' history lessons create good soldiers, says pundit
- Yuval Noah Harari foresees a god-like future for humans