We’ve heard recently from David Cameron on the subject, and I seem to recall a similar speech by Angela Merkel not long ago. Now Nicolas Sarkozy is on the record (not the first time for him, either, I believe):
French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.
“My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure,” he said in a television interview when asked about the policy which advocates that host societies welcome and foster distinct cultural and religious immigrant groups.
“Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want… a society where communities coexist side by side.
“If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France,” the right-wing president said.
“The French national community cannot accept a change in its lifestyle, equality between men and women… freedom for little girls to go to school,” he said.
“We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him,” Sarkozy said in the TFI channel show.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australia’s ex-prime minister John Howard and Spanish ex-premier Jose Maria Aznar have also recently said multicultural policies have not successfully integrated immigrants.
Merkel in October said efforts towards multiculturalism in Germany had “failed, totally.”
Yup, and Howard and Aznar as well. It’s not, of course, that the majority culture should oppress minorities, but it should not refrain from criticizing and protecting all that it/we have built. Newcomers must be expected to find what it takes to fit in. America has traditionally accomplished this far better than Europe. While we expect immigrants to accept the great American ideals, they and we still retain the compatible portions of our source cultures. It’s a melting pot that maintains 1000 flavors but still works as a whole.