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My Motherland (Ma mère patrie)

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Original Language: French | 160 pp. | January 2017

2 Seas Represents: World Rights excl. French.

Over 7,000 copies sold

A book of public utility. — France 2

The book is a tribute to this devoted mother taken away from her husband and her seven children; a plea for living together, destined to defend against certain prejudices. — Nice Matin

Her testimony is an appeal to tolerance, against the ignorance that disunites us. — 20 minutes

In the book “Ma mère patrie”, co-written with a journalist from “L’Obs”, the young woman testifies to fight against disunity, to express the anger of the victims, and her fear of the terrorist threat. — L’Obs

A shocking tribute of Hanane Charrihi to her mother. She draws the portrait of Fatima and above all delivers a formidable appeal to tolerance. ELLE

A moving testimony about her mother and her fierce attachment to France. — Le journal du Dimanche

A moving book, a cry of love. There is in this small book a lot of evidences that had to be written with such simplicity. — La Tribune de Genève & 24 Heures

FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE

Fatima Charrihi, the first victim of the Nice attack, was Muslim. Reaffirming Islam’s values of peace and tolerance and her fierce attachment to France, Hanane tells the story of her exceptional mother, free and independent.

On the French national holiday, July 14, 2016, the whole family was gathered on the promenade des Anglais in Nice. Everyone but Hanane, who was watching the fireworks in Paris. That evening, she would find out that her mother had become the first victim of the driver who killed 86 people.

A Muslim, like one third of the people who lost their lives that evening, Fatima Charrihi was loved and admired by the people around her. As a mother, she advocated strong values like education, sharing and tolerance.

Hanane tells her mother’s story. How, arriving illiterate from Morocco, she taught herself to decipher French. How she gave her daughters the desire to succeed on their own. How she taught them the men they would meet would only respect them all the more for their independence.

But Hanane also describes how her grief was confiscated by the media hype and hatred that her family had to endure when they were mourning (“you’re not wanted in our country”).

Hanane speaks out calmly, to fight against generalizations, to follow her mother’s example. And pay tribute to her.

STRONG POINTS

  • A sensitive account from a victim of terror, in the same vein as Antoine Léris’s You Will Not Have My Hate (Vous n’aurez pas ma haine, Fayard, 2016): 130 000 copies sold, GFK.
  • 3 million views for the video of Hanane Charrihi’s interview on the L’Obs website.
  • Important to hear Muslim voices, like Latifa Ibn Ziaten, the mother of a militant killed by Mohamed Merah (Mort pour la France: Mohamed Merah a tué mon fils – 10 000 copies sold, GFK).