The Books

“Mort pour la France”

She wrote a book entitled “Mort pour la France” (Death for France). It was published in March 2013 by Flammarion. In that book, she tells her story, especially what led her to fight after the assassination of her son Imad.

Summary: On 11 March 2012, in Toulouse, Imad Ibn Ziaten was shot by Mohamed Merah. Two young people from immigrant parents, including a victim, engaged for his country, and the executioner, determined to spread terror there. This paradox deeply struck Latifa Ibn Ziaten.

Through her settling in France and the education given to her son, Latifa gives us the chronicle of immigration and integration, with all the questions it implies: how to make her children fully-fledged French without breaking with her origins? How to practice one’s religion without violating the principles of secularism? How can you continue to “build” in a country where your child’s blood has been shed? She refused to give up and chose to take revenge in the noblest way.

In this book, we read a mother’s emotion, but also the alarm call of a standing woman prepared to put the best of herself for France so that there will never be another Mohamed Merah again.

“Dis-nous Latifa, c’est quoi la tolérance ?”

“Tell us Latifa, what is tolerance?” which gathers the questions of the students she met in schools as well as her answers.

Summary: It is a book with over 50 students’ questions to stimulate critical thinking. A message of tolerance, a dialogue without taboos, to step up the challenge of living together and offer a place and a future to everybody.

Their names are Kloé, Aïda, Abdelkrim, Sofian, Aurélie… They are primary, secondary or high school students.  In the uninhibited dialogue she engages with them, she delivers a strong message:

Here are some excerpts:
“Why do some people think it’s religion that’s asking them to organize attacks?”
“Why should I respect my teachers when they don’t respect me?”
“Don’t you think that every young person’s success is illusionary when you live in a ghetto?”

– Yes, the spiral of violence in the name of religion is evitable.
– Yes, to practice one’s faith in peace, you must respect Republican values and the others’ convictions.
– Yes, it’s possible to take up the challenge of living together that offers a place and a future for each young person.

The book was published in January 2016 by l’Atelier, with the support of the Canopé network.