Present at Mont-Saint-Michel to celebrate the millennium of his abbey, Emmanuel Macron knows nothing of the interpretation given to this kind of trip. As a young man, he was close to Paul Ricoeur, who he said "pushed him into politics". In one of his major books, La Mémoire, l'Histoire, l'Oubli, the philosopher, who died in 2005, looks at the "abuses of memory". He points out that the manipulation of the latter is one of its characteristics.
We will not put this trial on the head of state, but it is obvious that commemoration is a convenient escape route to strike a chord with national unity. From General de Gaulle to François Hollande, all presidents have used it. To get out of the floor of cows, picrocholine disputes, to win back opinion, there is nothing better than to sing the France, the greatness of its history, the beauty of its stones and landscapes, the genius of its people and its builders, the courage of its soldiers.
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