Vor 40 Jahren: Der politische Film “Der Schakal”

February 2, 2013

Die Verfilmung von 1973 von Fred Zinnemann, nicht die schlechte Hollywood Neuverfilmung von 1997; Hollywood klaut leider sämtliche europäische Produktionen, um sie als Blockbusters zu degradieren.

Historischer Hintergrund war der Anschlag auf das Leben des damaligen französischen Staatspräsidenten Charles de Gaulle im Jahre 1962, das sogenannte Attentat von Petit-Clamart.

Alle Attentäter wurden gefasst und zum Tode verurteilt; sie wurden jedoch von De Gaulle begnadigt außer dem Anführer des Kommandos Oberstleutnant Jean Bastien-Thiry. De Gaulle begründete seine Entscheidung wie folgt: “Die anderen haben ihr Leben riskiert, um mich zu töten; der Anführer dagegen war nicht dabei.”


Michel Rocard, figure de proue de la gauche pragmatique

August 23, 2011

L’ancien Premier ministre fête aujourd’hui ses 81 ans.

J’aimais bien cet homme politique, qui avait eu le courage (ou la pusillanimité prétendent ses rivaux de gauche comme de droite) de renoncer à se présenter à la présidentielle de 1988, pour éviter ainsi à la gauche une lutte interne fratricide qui aurait bénéficié au camp adverse.

A l’époque, j’étais aussi déçu de sa décision, bien que je n’avais pas encore l’âge de voter. Un débat Chirac-Rocard (qui dans le privé sont des amis inséparables depuis Sciences-Po) aurait été sans nul doute intéressant.

N’importe: Michel Rocard a laissé une trace mémorable dans la vie politique française. Ce Protestant doté d’une intelligence brillante et d’une volonté d’action intrépidante a en réalité révolutionné la culture politique de la Vème République. Je fais notamment allusion à la fameuse «méthode Rocard» qui a résolu bien des problèmes, pas seulement celui de la Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Joyeux anniversaire, Michel Rocard!


French Presidential Election 2012: Nicolas Sarkozy reshuffles his Cabinet ahead of 2012 battle

November 14, 2010

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, facing slackening polls ahead of the 2012 re-election, reappointed his old friend and new rival François Fillon, the country’s prime minister, as part of naming a new, more conservative French cabinet, The New York Times reports.

François Fillon's quiet tenacity has earned him the respect of the nation. Foto: RFI.
François Fillon’s quiet tenacity has earned him the respect of the nation. Foto: RFI.

France’s Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry, the charismatic daughter of former European Commission President Jacques Delors, and far-right veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen could challenge Nicolas Sarkozy for the country’s leadership, the article said.

“Mr. Sarkozy won in 2007 by uniting the right around him. He is known to be worried now about a growing level of support for the National Front to his right, which could damage his 2012 re-election prospects if the opposition Socialists united around a credible presidential candidate.”

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The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World

May 9, 2009

geopolitics of emotion

Dominique Moïsi, a founder of the Institut Français des Relations Internationales, professor at Sciences Po Paris and Harvard University, and one of Europe’s leading geo-strategic thinkers, discusses in his new book how cultures of fear, humiliation, and hope are reshaping global politics.

“Fear, Humiliation, Hope, and the New World Order

Thirteen years ago, Samuel Huntington argued that a “clash of civilizations” was about to dominate world politics, with culture, along with national interests and political ideology, becoming a geopolitical fault line (“The Clash of Civilizations?” Summer 1993). Events since then have proved Huntington’s vision more right than wrong. Yet what has not been recognized sufficiently is that today the world faces what might be called a “clash of emotions” as well. The Western world displays a culture of fear, the Arab and Muslim worlds are trapped in a culture of humiliation, and much of Asia displays a culture of hope.

Instead of being united by their fears, the twin pillars of the West, the United States and Europe, are more often divided by them – or rather, divided by how best to confront or transcend them. The culture of humiliation, in contrast, helps unite the Muslim world around its most radical forces and has led to a culture of hatred. The chief beneficiaries of the deadly encounter between the forces of fear and the forces of humiliation are the bystanders in the culture of hope, who have been able to concentrate on creating a better future for themselves.

These moods, of course, are not universal within each region, and there are some areas, such as Russia and parts of Latin America, that seem to display all of them simultaneously. But their dynamics and interactions will help shape the world for years to come.

THE CULTURE OF FEAR

The United States and Europe are divided by a common culture of fear. On both sides, one encounters, in varying degrees, a fear of the other, a fear of the future, and a fundamental anxiety about the loss of identity in an increasingly complex world.

In the case of Europe, there are layers of fear. There is the fear of being invaded by the poor, primarily from the South – a fear driven by demography and geography. Images of Africans being killed recently as they tried to scale barbed wire to enter a Spanish enclave in Morocco evoked images of another time not so long ago, when East Germans were shot at as they tried to reach freedom in the West. Back then, Germans were killed because they wanted to escape oppression. Today, Africans are being killed because they want to escape absolute poverty.”

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Prozessauftakt in Paris um den antisemitischen Mord an Ilan Halimi

April 29, 2009

Fotos: Gottesdienst am 23. Februar 2006 mit Frankreichs Staatspräsident Jacques Chirac, Ehefrau Bernadette Chirac und Premier Ministre Dominique de Villepin in der Pariser Grossen Synagoge de la Victoire zum Andenken an Ilan Halimi (© Fotos von A. Roiné, Pressestelle des Elysee-Palastes)

Ilan Halimi war ein 23-jähriger französischer Jude marokkanischer Herkunft, der am 21. Januar 2006 von einer Gang muslimischer Einwanderer, genannt die “Barbaren”, entführt und anschließend über einen Zeitraum von 24 Tagen zu Tode gefoltert wurde. Hauptmotiv des Verbrechens war Antisemitismus.

Die Tageszeitung Die Welt berichtet über den ersten Verhandlungstag im Pariser Schwurgericht im Prozess um den Mord an Ilan Halimi, der am 9. Februar 2007  in Jerusalem beerdigt wurde.

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Eine neue Pyramide für Paris

October 18, 2008

Fast 20 Jahren nach dem Bau der Glaspyramide im Innenhof des Pariser Museums Le Louvre, pünktlich fertiggestellt zur Zweihundertjahrfeier der Französischen Revolution, durch den sino-amerikanischen Star-Architekten Ieoh Ming Pei, will nun das Basler Architekturbüro Herzog & de Meuron eine zweite Pyramide namens Tour de Triangle (i.e. dreieckiger Turm) im Süden von Paris bauen, berichtete Die Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

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France’s War with Jihadis

October 14, 2008

Author Walid Phares of the think tank Future Terrorism Project in Washington writes on France’s war with the jihadis, and says it is more intense than most Americans or even most Europeans would imagine.

“In a recent interview with Parisian daily Le Figaro, French Interior Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie, provided significant revelations.

During a recent lecture tour of Europe I had the opportunity to meet with French defense and counterterrorism officials as well as with legislators, particularly members of the French National Assembly serving on the Afghanistan’s committee.

According to Alliot-Marie members of a terrorist group in Central Asia have recently been arrested in Mulhouse, in the east of France, where they were apparently undergoing military training.”

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