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Confusing Jihadism With Internationalism

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

I return here to Jean Birnbaum's book, Un silence religieux, which raises a thorny issue and advances debate by highlighting our systematic underestimation of the spiritual element when analyzing jihadism.

France: The National Front's Defeat Was Predictable

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Ronald Tiersky

Predictions of FN triumph were so wrong because of weak knowledge of French history and political institutions. The Fifth Republic's electoral system is a permanent safeguard against the likelihood that extremist parties can win power.

The French Rally To The Republic

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.15.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

marine le pen The French turned out, en masse, to say that they did not want to see the Le Pen gang take possession of their regions. That is the most important lesson from Sunday's vote, and it is a reassuring one. But what caused the nation to right itself?

The Threat to Democratic France

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

marine le pen On Sunday, France's worst side won the first round. It must not win the second. This coming Sunday, will the Front National, a despicable party led by a nepotistic clique replete with ex-cons pining for the good old days of wedge politics, gain control of entire regions of the country?

A Last Goodbye to André Glucksmann

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The strength of an intellectual, whether any Little Father of the Peoples like it or not, can rival that of divisions. And that is not counting the damage that André Glucksmann's intellectual action has done to the rationalizations for dictatorship and to the theories of its apologists.

Le Pen and Le Pen, Enough, Already!

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Enough of the indecent psychodrama surrounding Marine Le Pen and her father. Enough of the indulgent, sentimental, and voyeuristic commentary about the daughter "sacrificing" a poor King Lear, leaving him to rave on his moor in St. Cloud. And most of all, enough of the obscene political whitewashing that the entire affair has enabled. Because, after all, what is the reality?

Michel Houellebecq: Novelist

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Strange indeed, the story of Michel Houellebecq's latest novel, Soumission, which appeared just before the attack on Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, like an advance echo of the terrible events that have plunged France into mourning, and scaring stiff not only the author's friends but Houellebecq himself.

Reading Philippe Sollers: Literature and Politics à la Française

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Read this book right away. Because it carries the echo of the creeping devastation. And because the author proves that there is, in the ruins, another way to live. Not anger, not nostalgia, but insurrection through style.

France's Prime Minister Knows What's in a Name

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

This is not the first time that Manuel Valls has proposed changing the name of the French Socialist Party. That he has returned to the subject from the vantage point of his present position -- which is, like it or not, the head of the majority -- obviously gives his suggestion new weight.

The Muslims' Date With Destiny

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

A growing number of spiritual authorities, from Cairo to Riyadh to Jakarta, have decided, finally, to condemn the crimes of a form of militant Islam of which they had long been far too indulgent.

The Big Chill Facing France's Jews

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

French Jews certainly have had enough of all this. Are we still at home, they ask themselves, in this strange country where the vilest anti-Zionism, the stubbornest Holocaust denial, and the murkiest competition for victimhood are combining to produce a new and potentially devastating form of anti-Semitism?

François Hollande and the French Socialists: Failure Goes Deeper Than the European Elections

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 07.31.2014 | World
Ronald Tiersky

The French Socialists' failure in last Sunday's European parliament elections goes deeper in history. Their perennial weakness as a party has characterized French politics for a long time.

Toward a Government of National Unity in France

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

France is in danger. In Sunday's elections for the European Parliament, a quarter of France's citizens voted for the worst, choosing the party that was not only anti-Europe but also anti-France.

April Diary

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It was not without pleasure that I read Renaud Girard most recent book, Le monde en marche, which collects the best of the chronicles and reports that have appeared in recent years in Le Figaro. I swear. I protest. About Rwanda, I believe the opposite of what Girard writes. But I lap it up.

A Conversation With Bertrand Tavernier: On Politics, His Favorite Star, Early Influences, and His New Film

John Farr | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

"The challenge was to be both funny and true, even in the farce. I wanted the feeling that maybe some of the things are a little bit exaggerated, but basically they are true. Sometimes we cheated a little, but you can feel that it's not invented."

What French Voters Need to Know About the National Front

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.26.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Let me say quite calmly, and adhering strictly to the facts, that the National Front is not the solution sought by voters discouraged by the toxic climate of French politics today.

Vote Wisely

Jacques Attali | Posted 05.11.2014 | World
Jacques Attali

The forthcoming municipal elections, within a month from now, should offer the opportunity for exciting and fruitful debates on future ways of living together. Unfortunately, in France, we are still very far from it; only personal squabbles and party differences can be heard.

Liberty, Equality, and -- Especially -- Fraternity

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In this time of provocative and suggestive "quenelles" and bananas hurled at government officials, of rancid hatred and incendiary clamor, of generalized resentment and vindictive rivalries, we have forgotten a word that badly needs reinventing. That word is fraternity.

Anti-Semitism in France, the Responsibility to Protect, Timorous Europe, and Obama's New Isolationism

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

A Europe ashamed and disgraced, a Europe discounted, a Europe in name but not in deed, a Europe afraid of its own shadow -- that's a sure path to decline for all of the nations that make it up. On this point, the outcome of the next elections will be critical.

The Taubira Incident: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The great error would be to believe that racism is merely a machine that has to be kept at bay. The great flaw, the fatal flaw, a flaw not only moral but political, would be to imagine that racism is nothing more than hate speech.

The Mask of Marine Le Pen

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

For months, if not years, people in France and abroad have been trying to prove that Marine Le Pen has not changed as much as she would have us believe. Now, in a mere 20 seconds, she herself has torn away the veil and shot herself in the foot.

In France: Marine Le Pen, the National Front, and the "Extreme Right"

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.17.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

These are just a few examples. Dozens more could be cited. I offer them to those of my readers who, for lack of information, run the risk of falling into the trap set by the crudest political marketing operation France has seen in recent years.

Paris Mayoral Frontrunner Anne Hidalgo: 'I Choose Not to Blend In''

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Elisabeth Braw

"The fact that women run for Mayor of Paris is a sign of the times. There's nothing women can't do. Even so, I long for the day when gender doesn't matter in politics. What matters is who you are, what kind of citizen you are and what you campaign for. "

Bashing Aurélie Filippetti, Stopping Time With Gilles Jacob, and the Borromean Knot of J.-M. Colombani

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Who, Colombani asks, wanted to kill off Le Monde at the dawn of the new millennium, when Colombani was in charge of France's newspaper of record? Whose interests was it offending? From what spring bubbled the hate that an unbroken line of French presidents felt for the paper?

Hollande, Royal & Trierweiler: Viva La France and the Female Brain

Alexia Parks | Posted 07.16.2012 | Denver
Alexia Parks

These connected lives, if lifted to a higher level of political service, contain the seeds of a future model for politics where decision-making is based on a balance between the male and female mind.