The French political scientist and author of Le grand écart reflects on his experience as guarantor of the Great National Debate launched by the Elysée to respond to the Yellow Vests, and on the challenges to save Western democracies.
- The abstention risk in the Iranian presidential elections was only a spectre and on Friday May 19th voters went to vote en masse
- The very idea to gather them in a country where an authoritarian and intolerant regime is continuously violating the freedom of thought and expression and banning humanities from universities, is a challenge to every reasonable and plausible principle of dialogue, universality and openness. In these conditions, the UNESCO’s initiative is turning into the opposite of what it should be. The list of defections is confirming the warning we sent already last January to the general director of the UNESCO, Mrs. Irina Bokova.