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Death of Pierre Rabhi: the left embarrassed


Many personalities on the left have praised the work of the agroecologist writer. The reminder of its conservative positions on social issues was however embarrassing.

The disappearance of Pierre Rabhi, writer, philosopher, and great figure of agroecology, Saturday, December 4, sparked a procession of tributes, especially among elected environmentalists and on the left, on social networks.

But these laudatory reactions annoyed his detractors, recalling in particular his conservative positions on other societal subjects (same-sex marriage, equality between men and women).

Still others have criticized him for his links with anthroposophy, an esoteric current accused by its detractors of "sectarian aberrations".

Recalls that have caused some embarrassment on the left.

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Pierre Rabhi: "Society will not change because we eat organic"

“One of the great precursors of agroecology is dying out.

All my condolences to his family and loved ones ”

, reacted the environmental candidate for the 2022 presidential election, Yannick Jadot, shortly after the announcement of the writer's death.

“Homage to Pierre Rabhi.

Today, doing your part means practicing agroecology and also inventing a new art of living (..) ”

, comments for his part the Jesuit economist Gaël Giraud, much listened to on the left of the political spectrum.

"By losing Pierre Rabhi, life loses one of its most wonderful lawyers"

, deplores Jacques Attali, former adviser to Mitterrand, support of François Hollande and then of Emmanuel Macron.

Socialist presidential candidate 2022 Anne Hidalgo, meanwhile, retweets a message from environmentalist Serge Orru, praising an

"exceptional being who has given us so much"


“Sober and happy.

Sober therefore happy.

Happy because they are sober.

Homage to Pierre Rabhi ”

, tweeted in turn, this Sunday morning, the socialist Benoît Hamon.

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Then comes a tweet, more surprising, from the ecofeminist Sandrine Rousseau!

“Incredible precursor of ecology, happy sobriety and the hummingbird.

Curator on societal issues, homosexuality and women.

Goodbye Pierre Rabhi and thank you for the ecology. ”

"Homophobic" and "misogynist"

From the outset, Sandrine Rousseau's message did not fail to stimulate action.

Wanting to be nuanced, but hesitating between homage and timid criticism, the tweet does not pass to the left.

"Homophobic, misogynist, but since he's green, is it okay?"

, comments Vincent Lautard, member of the national team of the Republican Spring, a movement launched, among others, by relatives of Manuel Valls members of the secular republican left.

Indeed, other Internet users, on the social network, are indignant at this unanimous praise, and accuse the philosopher of having made "misogynistic" or "homophobic" remarks.

"When it is the family among the ecologists we do not say 'misogynist', 'homophobic', '' far-right 'or' réac ', we say' conservative on societal issues, homosexuality and women '”

, Laughs another.

Malaise at Benoît Hamon and Sandrine Rousseau

To support their remarks, these Internet users notably cite

a survey by Le Monde diplomatique

dated 2018. “Homophobic”? In this survey, this quote from his interview book

Pierre Rabhi, Sower of Hope

(Acte Sud, 2013) would prove it:

“I consider the validation of the 'homosexual' family to be dangerous for the future of humanity. , while by definition this relationship is infertile ”.

"Misogynist"? Another quote, this time from an interview with the magazine Kaizen - founded by Pierre Rabhi -, would demonstrate:

“We should not exalt equality. I plead rather for a complementarity: that the woman is the woman, that the man is the man and that love unites them ”


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Two hours after his previous tweet, Benoît Hamon apologizes to his subscribers, in another message:

“In reaction to the many comments.

I stayed with Colibris

(ecological and societal transition movement launched by Pierre Rabhi and Cyril Dion, Editor's note.)

At the time for me, I was unaware of the homophobic and misogynistic comments. "

Guest of the morning of France Inter, Sandrine Rousseau tries in turn, not without difficulty, to support her tweet:

"(...) afterwards, on societal questions on the other hand, he was very conservative.

His legacy is a bit marred by that whereas really on happy sobriety, it is extraordinary what he wrote. "

Converted to Catholicism, before walking away from it

To understand this "unease" among EELV ecologists and more generally the left, it is necessary to know that Rabah Rabhi, born in a Muslim family, converted in his early years to Christianity - he chose his baptismal name, Pierre , at 17 - before moving away later.

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Therefore, the happy sobriety advocated by Pierre Rabhi, was so inspiring to the left than in conservative Catholic circles attached to "the integral ecology", defended by Pope Francis in his encyclical

Laudato Si.

An ecology advocating the both the preservation of the planet, the defense of the poorest, and a certain vision of nature and living things ... leading to conservative bioethical positions (abortion, assisted reproduction, etc.).

Supposed links with anthroposophy

However, other Internet users, Catholics, have also spoken on social networks to criticize him.

But this time, it is about Pierre Rabhi's alleged link with anthroposophy, an esoteric movement founded in the 1910s by the Austrian Rudolf Steiner, and regularly accused, today, of sectarian aberrations.

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As evidenced by this tweet from the Christian journalist - rather anchored to the left - Timothée de Rauglaudre, author of the book

Le nouveau Peril sectaire

(Robert Laffont, 2021):

“Pierre Rabhi is dead. I think of his family and loved ones. I also pray that his thought will be buried with him. This thought which made ecology an individualistic and esoteric distraction for bourgeois in search of supplement of soul. "

In turn, Natalia Trouiller, former director of communication for the diocese of Lyon, does not mince words on Facebook:

"I will not mourn this anthroposophist who, at the school of his master the occultist Rudolf Steiner, spent his life to lie about what he was ("no no I am not an anthroposophist") while poisoning all the alternative currents of the right and the left with the concepts of his master thinker (biodynamics, social tripartition, Steiner schools, etc. ) ”


Message from Natalia Trouiller on Facebook.


These accusations, which would benefit from being further substantiated, show in any case that the personality of Pierre Rabhi is decidedly more complex and divisive than many of his admirers thought.


CONVERSATION with Pierre Rabhi on finance and ecology

Source: lefigaro

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