Alain Finkielkraut and the Problem of Identity

Alain Finkielkraut and the Problem of Identity

The French Academy was founded in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu during the reign of Louis XIII.  Its purpose was to maintain the standards of French language and literature, and it remains a bastion of French culture.  There are only forty members, and each is elected 

So Who’s Running for President?

So Who’s Running for President?

A year from now, France will be in the thick of its presidential campaign.  The first round of the election will be held on April 8, 2022; the second round, for the two who come in ahead of the pack in the first round, will 

Génération Identitaire

Génération Identitaire

While the French government’s struggle against Islamo-gauchisme has captured international  attention, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darminin, has made an even more significant move to dissolve the far right group Génération Identitaire (Generation Identity)–more significant, because while Islamo-gauchisme is a nonsensical caricature of the 

Islamo-gauchisme: the Latest Thing

Islamo-gauchisme: the Latest Thing

Recently the Wall Street Journal editorial board published an article titled “Emmanuel Macron and the Woke,”  in which they credited the French President with coming out against “Leftism” in the media and on college campuses.  They positioned Macron as a “center left politician” (more like 

Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball

I remember watching the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in 2019, fearing every moment that it would collapse inward.  Years before that was the attack on the World Trade Center, the airplane hitting the second tower, the posters plastered on the walls by desperate people 

Attempted Coup d’État

Attempted Coup d’État

As we now know, there were at least two broadly discernible groups of people in the attack on the Capitol.  A number of them were clearly there to take hostages (the zip ties) and most likely to kill.  They crushed a Capitol policeman between the 

The Assault on the Capitol

The Assault on the Capitol

UPDATED January 8, 2021 I had planned to continue the French coverage of Trump’s phone call berating Brad Raffensperger for not “finding” more votes for him, an event that occurred about a thousand years ago. But we all know what they are saying, we all 

New Year’s Eve 2020

New Year’s Eve 2020

On December 18, 2020, a pale and dehydrated Emmanuel Macron released a video to announce his own covid diagnosis. Macron had from the first taken the virus seriously, delivering a solemn speech in March 2020 with the refrain, “Nous sommes en guerre” (We are at 

The Gulf War and Baudrillard

The Gulf War and Baudrillard

I seem to remember that at some point in the spring of 1991, David Letterman expressed the wish that CNN would bring back “that great Gulf War show.”  And what a series it had been, for those not directly involved: a sound and light spectacular, 

Malik Oussekine, 1986 . . . Adama Traoré, 2016 . . . George Floyd, 2020

Malik Oussekine, 1986 . . . Adama Traoré, 2016 . . . George Floyd, 2020

Rue Monsieur-le-Prince, from Shutterstock.com There have been world-wide protests about the death of George Floyd, but in France these protests also have a local connection.  In 1986 Malik Oussekine, a 22-year-old student, was beaten to death by police.  Thirty years later, in 2016, Adama Traoré,