Rochefort (France) – Emmanuel Macron on Thursday defended the writer Pierre Loti, believing that his work was “not reducible” to the controversy launched by anti-racist associations that claim to withdraw the “Loto Heritage” renovation of its birthplace.
” Do not try to make polemics about everything “said the head of state who visited Loti’s house in Rochefort (Charente-Maritime), currently closed to the public because of its poor condition. Several associations, including the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations in France, the Union of Jewish Students of France or SOS-Racisme, have asked that this house be removed from the list of monuments in danger to benefit from the ” Heritage Loto “, which will be launched in September on the occasion of the Heritage Days. They accuse the author of ” Fisherman from Iceland “to feed” a hatred of unheard-of violence against Armenians and Jews “in some writings. But, for the president, ” there is in the work of Pierre Loti beautiful pages “and” comments that would be reprehensible if they were held in the contemporary public debate “.” Do not have anachronistic battles “, he added, estimating that Loti’s literature was” not reducible to the controversy that was made to him “. Emmanuel Macron visited the house, closed since 2012, accompanied by Stéphane Bern, in charge of a heritage mission, and the Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen, who also defended the writer. The ” Heritage Loto “must devote about 400,000 euros to this house that Pierre Loti (1850-1923) had decorated in the east, with a Turkish living room, Chinese furniture or an Arab room. The municipality of Rochefort, owner of the house, hopes to reopen in 2023, for the centenary of the death of the writer, after work of about five million euros. ” This is one of our tourist treasures with frigate L’Hermione “, whose return to his home port is expected Sunday after a four-month trip to the Mediterranean, according to Mayor Hervé Blanché (LR).