Richard Millet, author of Le Sentiment du Langue
, has shocked France with his latest work. In Éloge Littéraire d’Anders Breivik
(Literary Elegy of Anders Breivik), Millet contends that Norway deserved the carnage unleashed by Breivik last year that left 77 people dead.
Whilst Millet is careful to explicitly state that he does not approve of Breivik's actions, he is fulsome in his praise of Breivik, describing his acts as "formal perfection…in their literary dimension", according to Time World
. Millet claims that Norway's policies of multiculturalism compelled Breivik to take action to defend traditional society.
Millet argues, in a Gallic prose that seems more likely to obscure than reveal, that Breivik is simply an "exemplary product of Western decadence". In his essay on Breivik, Millet asserts:
Within this decadence, Breivik is without doubt what Norway deserved, and what awaits our societies that won’t stop blinding themselves in denial.
The Daily Telegraph
reports that Millet claims to have read all 1,518 pages of the Manifesto
Breivik published online just prior to his attacks. Millet appears to have found the writing to be of serious literary merit. However, in the judgement of the author of this article, who read the Manifesto at the time, the work is little more than cut and paste, plagiarism, and the repetition of shibboleths of the far right.
As the weekly L'Express
has argued, Millet's essay is nothing more than a "gratuitous facade" for a "vindicative text". It is obvious that Millet's literary appreciation is in fact nothing more than a cloak for the expression of his political opinions. As Millet told France Info
Multiculturalism, as it has been imported from the United States, is the worst thing possible for Europe. It is a mosaic of ghettos in which the nation no longer exists.
Millet seems to revel in the controversy and anger he causes. He told France Info:
I’m one of the most hated French authors. It’s an interesting position that makes me an exceptional being.