Ever so classy.
Monsieur Gueant is not only right, he is obviously right.
Using the example we all have in mind, it is obviously right that the Western civilisation is better than the Muslim one. Not just different, better. Obviously. One need only take the Declaration of Human Rights and do a double-check on all basic rights and freedoms, comparing, since we're at it, France and Saudi Arabia: freedom of speech, freedom of thought and opinion, freedom of religion, freedom of press, democracy and political freedom, equality of all regardless of gender (that's half the human species right there) or sexual orientation. Sexual freedom, rights of minorities, freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, right to have an attorney and a fair trial, abortion rights, right to health care...
you're so soaked up in your own bubble that you are unable to realize that people think differently. consider these points for starters:
1- as much as it might surprise you, not all people prefer the western way of life.
2- democracy, freedom of thought (whatever that means), speech and religion aren't truly that free in all countries. it just happens that some are more hipocritical than others. isn't it ilegal in tolerant france to wear burqhas? isn't bradley manning imprisoned with no prospect of release in the free USA just for divulging dirty gvt. information? didn't free spain condemned arnaldo otegi to 1 year of prison for criticizing the king?
3- what boogles my mind the most is the fact that rich western countries have consistently sacked up poor nations in order to build their own wealth. then hey have the audacity to presume it and what they think is their superior civilization in the faces of the ones they've coerced. it's ridiculous.
if anything, france should be apologizing for their colonial past and present instead of boasting about miscalled principles.