Former French Prime minister Michel Rocard talks about the destruction of the Occitan culture (Source)
57 ¶2. (C) Rocard, like former president Valery Giscard d'Estaing
58 (reftel), believes that French history provides the keys for
59 understanding French politics and France's policies.
60 Rocard's point of departure is France's emergence as a
61 nation-state. The history of other European nation-states is
62 that of linguistic communities serving their trade needs.
63 France created itself by destroying five cultures -- Breton,
64 Occitan, Alsatian, Corsican, and Flemish. "We are the only
65 European nation which is the military creation of a
66 non-homogeneous State. This makes France difficult to govern
67 to this day. This explains our difficulty in reforming, our
68 slowness," he said.