What IS going on in France?
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“Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité”: France at the crossroads.
In this session focused on France, Simon Kuper, the highly respected and entertaining Paris columnist for the Financial Times, discusses the current situation with bestselling author and political commentator, Jonathan Fenby, whose recent book The History of Modern France: From the Revolution to the Present, is a riveting analysis of France’s existential problems.
They examine a country beset by the challenges of globalisation, a struggling economy, emigration and the rise of extremism.
Jonathan Fenby has written 18 books, including his acclaimed On the Brink: The Trouble with France and The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved, hailed by the New York Times as ‘a magnificent book… learned, incisive and gripping’ which ‘turns breadth and depth into enthrallment.’ An expert on both France and China, Fenby was Paris bureau chief for Reuters and The Economist and editor of bothThe Observer and the South China Morning Post. He is the recipient of both the Légion d’Honneur and the Ordre National du Mérite.Simon Kuper
Simon Kuper joined the Financial Times in 1994. He wrote the daily currencies column, before leaving the FT in 1998, to return in 2002 as sports columnist. He has been there ever since, nowadays writing a general column for the Weekend FT on all manner of topics from politics to books, and on cities including London, Paris, Johannesburg and Miami.