FORMER French First Lady Carla Bruni has attacked woke culture blasting “do-gooders for imposing their narrow-minded ideas on us”.
The 53-year-old wife of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy said that political correctness and cancel culture pose a danger to democracy by stifling creative thought and humour.
Her attack came in an Instagram post in which she praised influential French comedians of the 1980.
She claimed Michel Colucci, who was known as Coluche, and Pierre Desproges, would be browbeaten into silence if they were working today.
"Since you have disappeared, the world has taken a turn for the worse. Little by little and without warning, dogooders and censorship have taken control,” she wrote, in a post addressed to the pair.
"Obsessed by their image of upholders of morality, a whole load of people without culture, without experience and without courage are trying to impose their narrow-minded ideas on us.
“Their sterile, uniform and puerile ideas are seeking to invade humanity.
"If we have the misfortune not to think like them, they rush at us with all their dictatorial energy to try to make us be quiet.
“Humour is quietly disappearing as a result of their moralising speeches, freedom is in its death throes, creation is lifeless and democracy in great danger.
"In short, it is not good to joke in 2021 and it is certain they would have had your skin."
In common with many other countries, there are fierce debates in France centred around race and feminism and freedom of speech.
Politicians, prominent intellectuals and academics recently argued France was being contaminated by American ideas that were undermining French society.
France has a long tradition of dark, provocative humour, including the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in the Charlie Hebdo magazine, which was attacked by Islamist fanatics, resulting in 12 people being killed.
Both comedians praise by former model and singer Bruni were known for their dark material.
Desproges who died in 1988 at the age of 48, once said: "We can laugh about everything but not necessarily with everyone."
Coluche was one the most celebrated of 20th-century French comedians and died in 1986 aged 41 One of his most famous jokes was: "France is the only Arab country not at war.”
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