French President Emmanuel Macron declared – in the framework of what he calls the fight against Islamist radicalism – that “fear will change sides”, taking up the famous phrase of the late head of government Réda Malek pronounced in the 1990s.
According to the French press, the tenant of the Elysée Palace said during a council of defense and national security held Sunday evening, following the assassination of a history teacher in Paris, that “fear will change sides” and that “Islamists should not be able to sleep easy in our country [France, editor’s note].
Indeed, these were the same words used by the late Réda Malek – in the midst of the crisis of the 1990s – when he hammered home that “fear must change sides”.
It was during the funeral of one of the icons of the 6th art in Algeria, Abdelkader Alloula, assassinated by terrorists in March 1994.
Returning to his declaration which became famous, the late Réda Malek recalled that “I was then head of government and that fear had seized public opinion, journalists, academics…I said that fear had to change sides (terrorist groups) because the anti-terrorism struggle was bearing fruit and it is thanks to it that Algeria will remain standing”.