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Die Zeit - Germany | 04/04/2007

Bernjamin Korn on abolishing the French presidency

"The President has a heavenly post. He sits on his throne high above the clouds, where the sky is always blue. Deep down below him there's thunder and lightning. His hapless fellow politicians are being swallowed up by scandals, resigning, quashed by condemnation, while he angrily sends a bolt of lightning, has a resolution rescinded or graciously makes a cardinal a knight of the Legion of Honour and - like a child with his tin soldiers - plays carelessly with his country's political institutions," writes Paris-based theatre director Benjamin Korn about the country's highest political office. He criticises the presidency, describing it as a "constant debasement of all democratic principles". In view of the quasi-monarchical powers with which the post is endowed he says there's only one way out: "Let us follow Ségolène Royal's only far-reaching proposal for changing French society - the 'decentralisation of France'. This must begin with the abolishment of the presidency. It centralises and monopolises all state power. It is the undying central head of the Hydra; it's no use cutting off the other heads. There is only one solution: get rid of the presidency. But to do that we need the President's permission."

Die Zeit - Germany | 21/12/2005

France's Self-Deception

The theatre director Benjamin Korn, who lives in Paris, delivers a heavy attack on the great nation of naysayers – France - which even the cooks are deserting in the meantime. "French politics since WWII and the collapse of the colonial empire has had a huge problem with the perception of reality, or to put an exact date on it, since the unforgettable August 25 of 1944 when de Gaulle marched into Paris four days before the allies and informed the French that they, the old superpower, had won the war heroically after all... The denial of defeat was a psychological catastrophe for France and the consequences of this denial can still be felt today. They are condensed in the 'sinistrose', that all-pervading mood of catastrophe which weighs so heavily on France and which cannot be sufficiently explained by listing all the social problems which are shared by other European counties."

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