POLITICS – The right (really) outside the walls. This Tuesday, December 21, Marine Le Pen congratulated Laurent Wauquiez, after his decision to suspend funding for the Auverge-Rhône-Alpes region at Sciences Po Grenoble, of which he denounces “the ideological and communitarian drift” after the sanction targeting an accused teacher of Islamophobia. “Well done,” the National Rally presidential candidate simply tweeted.

Before her, it was the other far-right candidate, Eric Zemmour, who hailed the decision taken by the former Republican boss. “Laurent Wauquiez understood perfectly how to cut short the infiltration of our grandes écoles by Islamo-leftism: by starting by turning off the tap on public funding,” he commented. According to Le Figaro, the amount of these subsidies amounts to 200,000 euros per year (on a budget of 15 million), to which is added a check for 2.5 million euros for the renovation of buildings.

Laurent Wauquiez understood perfectly how to cut short the infiltration of our grandes écoles by Islamo-leftism: by starting by turning off the tap on public funding. https://t.co/yE65PrREy0

Let’s remember what this is about. Klaus Kinzler, a German teacher, had been targeted by posters plastered on the walls of Sciences Po Grenoble, accusing him of Islamophobia. Public accusations which, a few months after the outburst that led to the assassination of Samuel Paty, had provoked controversy, and strong condemnation from the political class.

However, if the process had aroused indignation, the professor in question had indeed made vehement remarks against Islam, which had notably underlined the management judging “extremely problematic” his manner of approaching the subject. The case had arisen on the sidelines of a day of debates entitled “racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia”, a term whose scientific character he disputed, while criticizing Islam. Mediapart had also revealed the content of emails sent by the professor to his students, including a message concluding with this formula: “a teacher ‘in struggle’, Nazi by his genes, Islamophobic repeated offenders”.

Klaus Kinzler, claiming to be the victim of a witch hunt, then granted several interviews in the national press, in which he fulminated against the IEP, which in his eyes had become a school of “political re-education” aimed at imposing theories on students. “Woke”. A mission led by a “hard core” of teachers, with the blessing of management. And it was because of these “slanderous words” against the school that Klaus Kinzler was suspended. The director of the establishment accuses him of having “seriously undermined the professional integrity of his co-workers”, which explains this disciplinary measure.

However, for critics of the school, this is nothing less than a political sanction. This particularly agitates the right and the far right, but not only. At war against “wokism”, the LREM deputy for Indre, François Jolivet, called for “the supervision of Sciences Po Grenoble” and “the opening of a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the situation of French universities. ”. Or when the denunciation of a witch hunt turns into a witch hunt.

In a press release released on Tuesday, Sciences Po Grenoble regretted a decision which seems “motivated by a political motive”. The management of the IEP also specifies that “the financial support of the Region (…) does not consist of grants but essentially in the allocation of scholarships to students” and rejects the “inept accusations” of which the establishment is about.

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