The Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal.


Ludovic MARIN

After her request for an investigation into "Islamo-leftism" at the university, Frédérique Vidal drew the wrath of her closest colleagues.

In a column published by Le



Tuesday, several political figures, including six ministers of Emmanuel Macron, deplored a “sterile debate”, warning of the return of the left-right divide.

Last week, the Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, announced on CNews that she had called for an investigation from the CNRS to make an "inventory of research", targeting in particular "the Islamo-leftism which is plaguing society. And universities.

An output that sparked a heated debate.

Positions "for" or "against"

Several figures of Macronie emerge from the silence.

Among them, Elisabeth Moreno, Minister in charge of Equality between women and men, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Industry, Cédric O, Secretary of State in charge of Digital, but also Stanislas Guérini, party leader Presidential, Roland Lescure, chairman of the Assembly's Economic Affairs Committee, or even Stéphane Séjourné, close to Emmanuel Macron, denounce an "irrationality" around this "concept" which, according to them, is "emblematic of the drift of political debate ”.

In their gallery, the deputies and elected representatives recall the fundamental doctrine promoted by En Marche!

in 2017, the famous “at the same time”: “The credo and political ethics carried by Emmanuel Macron (…) refused the framework of the left-right debate”, they write.

The left-right divide, which has re-emerged with the different positions on “Islamo-leftism”, allowing “no debate” and only giving rise to “for” or “against” positions such as “intersectionality”, “post-colonialism” or even “white privilege”.


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  • University

  • Emmanuel Macron

  • Left

  • Islam

  • Frederique Vidal