Our ancestors the Gauls and other nonsense

Our ancestors the Gauls and other nonsense

After Alain Minc and Eric Zemmour, it is the turn of François Reynaert, journalist with Nouvel Observateur and other "Sunday historian", to tackle this national novel that is thehistory of France. Its stated ambition: "to offer the reader a clear synthesis of the twenty centuries which precede us and to give an open and generous history, free from nationalist clichés". At the risk of wanting to get rid of old clichés that have not been taught for a long time ...


We all learned one day that Clovis was the first of the kings of France. Who knows that in Germany he is considered a German king? From Saint Louis, we keep the image of a great sovereign, rendering justice under his oak tree. It is not known that he required the Jews to wear the equivalent of the yellow star. Joan of Arc is the great heroine of the Middle Ages. Why have all the others been forgotten? There are many French people who are interested in our past, many who are sorry not to know it well. To speak to each other required a sharp pen and a free spirit.

Our ancestors the Gauls and other nonsense, by François Reynaert. Fayard, October 2010.


Video: Debunking Common Myths and Clichés about the Gauls