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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Modern French Mothers...

….well I dont know about  “modern”  but, anecdotal evidence though it may be,  this picture reflects the modern demographics in France quite accurately, at least from what I have seen.

Anne-Marie Aubrun (eight children) et Horiya Zaknoune (twelve children ) received the gold medal.
Nezha Charafi (five children) et Fatima Stittou (four children) had the right to bronze.


These are the “mothers, representative of France” honoured in Chateauroux  this mother’s day. For their fecundity, they received medals and a cheque.


Caroline Alamachère from  the French site Riposte Laique writes :

"...C’est une tradition plus que centenaire en France que de fêter et promouvoir la famille française en récompensant par une médaille et un bouquet de fleurs la méritante et féconde maman, celle qui a mis son utérus au service du repeuplement de la patrie.
Et ce n’est pas un hasard si ces honneurs vont de plus en plus souvent aux mamans d’origine maghrébine dont la fécondité est légendaire..."
Approximate translation:

It’s a century old tradition in France to celebrate and promote the French family by rewarding, with a medal and a bunch of flowers the deserving and fecund mummy, who availed her uterus to the repopulation of the nation.  It is no accident that these honours go more and more to the mothers of maghrebian (Algerian/Morrocan/Tunesian) origine, whose fecundity is legend.

Caroline Almachere tells us that these mothers speak Arabic rather than French and she adds:

"...Ces mères de familles nombreuses, avec les allocations que nous leur offrons grassement par le fruit de notre travail, ont tout le loisir de procréer et d’engendrer cette nombreuse descendance appelée à terme à nous remplacer. Condoléances."

The mothers of these huge families have, thanks to the generous allocations that our hard work affords them, all the leisure in the world to procreate and engender this large descendence  that will eventually replace us (the French). Condoleances!.

I understand her anger.



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