- PARIS (ZENIT)- Pierre Chaunu,
professor emeritus of the Sorbonne and member of the French Academy,
irate when asked to comment on the U.N. report on population.
that by October 12, there will be 6 billion human
beings on earth. "This
data is false, we are faced with a genuine
manipulation of the kind used
against Pius XII."
- During 50 years of demographic research,
Chaunu has analyzed
all aspects of the growth and diminution of
populations. In 1975 he denounced
the demographic collapse of the West.
"For the past 35 to 40 years
we have witnessed a incredible
deceleration of fertility rates, but these
calculations are never kept
in mind. All the African figures are inflated,
as was shown in the
result of a census carried out in Nigeria a few years
figures in no way agreed with those of the United Nations. He
Nigerian calculations were also false. Africa has one hundred
less people than the official figures."
- Q - Why would this data be
CHAUNU: The international
organisms have spent
huge sums to impose a very authoritarian birth control
plan in many
countries, which must be justified by announcing an imminent
all the planet. Having said this, it is true that there have
periods in which the rate of growth of world population was excessive.
But regulation follows spontaneously with an improvement in the standard
of living. It is not necessary to falsify the data. Everyone knows that
the population of the former USSR has always grown in a constant way, in
perfect accord with the government's 5-year plans. In 1939, 3.5 million
persons were not accounted for. We know that in the gulags, between 40-50
million people died in Russia alone, a country which does not reflect this
in its official data. In the former USSR, where there is one live birth
for every 7 abortions, and where the span of life has diminished, 292
people have never existed. Also China's data -- a country that
is not replacing its generations, is not credible.
- Q - And
CHAUNU: In Europe
at present there isn't a
single country in which the population has a positive
balance in its
demographic growth, while in 12 or 15 countries, among them
Germany, there are more deaths than births. If the figures have
remained stable in Germany it is thanks to the immigration from the
countries. Even Latin America, with Brazil at the top of the
stopped growing. People do not know that in North Africa, in
the population is decreasing at a speed that reminds one of
southern Italy 15 years ago. At present in Italy we are
faced with a rate
of 0.8 children per woman, which is an authentic race
toward death. Today
there is talk of a transition period, that is, the
step from demographic
explosion to implosion, but this phenomenon
already happened 50 years ago.
According to my calculations, in the
totality of the planet, the generations
will not be replaced beginning
the year 2020. The fact is that the phenomenon
of the total drop in
population is not obvious in the first 30 years, because
continues to grow due to the effect of aging."
- Q - Why do you think the
United Nations continues to sound the alarm today?
- PIERRE CHAUNU: Although they
realize they have made a mistake in their calculations, in name of the
good cause, a certain number of North American experts play with fear:
fear of invasion and asphyxiation by the citizens of the third world.