What IS going on in France?

25/02/2016 7:00 pm
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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

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 is the co-author of bestselling Soccernomics. His first book, Football Against the Enemy, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and is acknowledged as one of football’s seminal books. Simon writes a weekly sports column in the FT and has previously written football columns for The Times and The Observer. @kupersimon Image cr. Leila Kuper

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