Gaul is still divided into three parts, according to Stefan McDaniel in a 2016 essay in First Things. Three parties are vying to determine the future of France – deconstructionists, children of 1968; reconstructionists, in search for new values to guide the country, including consideration of Islam; and classicists, who insist that France is fundamentally defined by its cultural inheritance.
Among the classicists is a group of young, visible Catholics that “expresses a vocal, public orthodoxy. Around this religious core has grown a fuzzy but important political judgment: France is dead or dying, and only the Church can revive it.”
Even Éric Zemmour, an atheist of Jewish heritage, has begun to call for the re-Christianization of France. Can there a clearer sign that the Enlightenment has run around than a public debate about public Christianity in France?