Saturday, 18 December 2010

Breizh Leaks - France created itself by destroying five cultures

The below is taken form WikiLeaks and details a cable sent by US Ambassador Craig R. Stapleton following a meeting with former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard.

2. (C) Rocard, like former president Valery Giscard d'Estaing (reftel), believes that French history provides the keys for understanding French politics and France's policies. Rocard's point of departure is France's emergence as a nation-state. The history of other European nation-states is that of linguistic communities serving their trade needs. France created itself by destroying five cultures -- Breton, Occitan, Alsatian, Corsican, and Flemish. "We are the only European nation which is the military creation of a non-homogeneous State. This makes France difficult to govern to this day. This explains our difficulty in reforming, our slowness," he [MR] said.

Like most things with wikileaks there is no great surprise but the simple fact to have it acknowledged in black and white has a profound effect nonetheless. The rest of the cable make for interesting reading. Now has anything been leaked about inconvenient Duchies and unresolved territorial claims?

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Bretons fight to save language from extinction - CNN.com

Bretons fight to save language from extinction - CNN.com

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Another Breton party to add to the list

As promised the Marie of Carhaix Christian Troadec has launched his new party Mouvement Bretagne Progrés.

Their current mission statement is to defend and promote the political, social and cultural interests of the whole of Brittany and its population.

From what I can gather so far we can consider Troadec and his new party to form a kind of populist Breton left. Good luck to them and with solidarity from Kernow.

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