“It was a way of saying: I see you my French brothers of African origin.” On July 18, after provoking a massive outcry by evoking the victory of the French football team at the 2018 World Cup as being that of an “African” team, the presenter of the satirical program “The Daily Show “was forced to respond, and he did so in a unifying manner.
Trevor Noah, himself South African even though he is presenting a program on American television, had indeed attracted the ire of many sportsmen and political leaders by explaining that Africa had triumphed at the World Cup, referring to the origins of the players of Didier Deschamps.
And to answer his many detractors of the last hours, he chose to read a letter sent by Gerard Araud, the ambassador of France in the United States. As he reads, he has responded to the various arguments that have been made since his controversial exit, slipping a few tackles while playing the card of appeasement and consensus.
From the outset, he quips, for example, on France’s colonial past: “The thing that these players have in common is that if you retrace their story, their ancestors all learned to speak French in the same way. .. “Before he explained seriously that he had actually welcomed the fact that many Africans, including him, celebrated the victory of France as their own.
“I do not take away their Frenchness, but they must not take away their African identity,” Trevor Noah says of the Blues in his explanation of more than eight minutes. Before denouncing the way in which multiple identities are sometimes mentioned in the Western media.
“What bothers me when I read the press and when I listen to politicians talk about African migrants – and especially in France – is that when these migrants are unemployed, they commit a crime or they are unpleasant, we talk about them as African migrants, but when their children win a World Cup for France, we should speak of them as French. And to return to the case of Mamoudou Gassama with a lot of humor: “When he was on the ground, he was African, but when he climbed the building and saved the child, he became French. to fall the baby, it is the African who makes the baby fall?
Trevor Noah however concludes in a more consensual way, seeking to find his seriousness and to bridge between those who criticized him and his wit: “When I say that they are Africans, I do not say it to exclude their French identity, but I do it to include them and share with them the African identity that is mine.I say to them: I see you my French brothers of African descent. “