The ‘Yellow Vests’ : How the Intellectuals Saw Them Coming

The ‘Yellow Vests’ : How the Intellectuals Saw Them Coming

Quand les intellectuels voyaient venir les ‘gilets jaunes’
LE FIGARO/ANALYSIS, 19th November 2018.
The Yellow Vests movement, more than just a popular uprising, is a new symptom of the revolt of whole populations against the globalized society — a revolt that cuts across all Western democracies.

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“Yellow Vests : The Demonstration at Place de la Concorde Will Be Prohibited”

“Yellow Vests : The Demonstration at Place de la Concorde Will Be Prohibited”

En Direct — ‘Gilets jaunes’ : la manifestation place de la Concorde sera ‘interdite’
LE FIGARO/LIVE, 20th November 2018.
Tolls, roundabouts etc. Since the beginning of the yellow vests [gilets jaunes] movement on Saturday [17th November], blockages have continued everywhere in France, punctuated by violence and arrests.

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1905 : The Soul of a Law

1905 : The Soul of a Law

Éditorial : «1905, l’esprit d’une loi» LE FIGARO, 21st November 2018. There are laws, but then there are their spirit and their history. The depth of centuries is invested in the law of 1905. To understand it, one must keep in mind the tension between the spiritual and the temporal powers — the clash between Christian France and Republican France. As a law of compromise born in pain and brutality, it allows believer and non-believer to live quietly together. It’s about freedom of conscience and freedom of worship. Since its inception, this law has travelled through time not without difficulty — especially on the question of the schools — but without ever re-awakening the violence of earlier struggles.

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Liberalism as Prejudice and Alibi

Liberalism as Prejudice and Alibi

A drum-roll announces the Communist ManifestoEin Gespenst geht um in Europa…. a ghost is stalking Europe, the ghost of Communism…. The opening line of the Introduction, written in 1847, might better and more prophetically have referred to an implacable Poltergeist rather than a ghost, since it has in the intervening years contributed to the production of vast amounts of rubble.

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Security : What Ministers of The Interior Dare Not Say

Security : What Ministers of The Interior Dare Not Say

Control : Newly appointed Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, at the Centre de coopération franco-espagnole policière et douanière in Perthus (Pyrénées-Orientales), 12th November

Sécurité, ce que les ministres de l’Intérieur n’osent pas dire
Le Point, 15th November 2018.
Mafias, gang violence, Islamists, drug-traffickers… Revelations from police records on the state of security in France…

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