Jacques Attali

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Are great speeches always on January 17?


History is never fair and does not always reward good people. It is always efficient and always punishes the weak. That is the lesson that could be drawn with regard to the ending terms of office of two Presidents, in…

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No, you do not have a monopoly on the people!


French political history remembers the scathing reply of Valery Giscard d’Estaing to François Mitterrand during the Presidential debate in 1974: « You do not have a monopoly on heart. » As controversial as this pun might be, it played a…

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For an apology of the elites


At the end of this year, I would like to express my anger. A justified reaction in light of the manifold ills that plague our world: The billion people who go to bed hungry every night; the two billion people…

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How to prepare and make the most of 2017


Faced with an avalanche of surprises, good and bad, that has swept humanity over the last year, there might be a temptation to give up predicting anything for the coming year. 2017 would be, even more so than 2016, beyond…

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Our world is liquid, too liquid


A very great thinker, often forgotten and of whom we will no doubt hear about only on the occasion of his death, Zygmunt Bauman (a war hero in the Red Army war, who later became a communist philosopher in Warsaw,…

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In the mean time…


While the French had their eyes fixed on the vote counts of one-tenth of them, the equivalent of a regional by-election, for the nomination of one of the fifteen candidates running against one another next April for the election of…

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The Intolerable Power of Truth


Truth works in the same way as power, because it imposes its own diktats, even more ruthless than those of the most powerful dictators. Hence, scientific laws, indisputable because they are based on repeated experimental observations, such as the earth’s…