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Poirier, Agnès

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The Guardian - United Kingdom | 13/10/2010

Strike till you retire

The strikes in France are gradually posing a threat to the government now that schoolchildren and university students are joining in the protest, writes the liberal daily The Guardian: "If they do, there is trouble ahead. Each time that French youth has taken to the streets, either in 1986 or in 2005 [sic], the government has had to give in to the protesters and withdraw whatever law the street disapproved of. ... Figures show that yesterday's demonstrations attracted many more young people than those during the previous weeks had. If the strike were to be held again, day after day, it could create enough momentum for the nation's youth to join forces with their elders and change the face of the movement. The future will tell whether the slogan of 'strike till you retire' appeals to France's younger generation - and whether the street still call the shots in France."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 28/09/2006

Libération's fate

Agnes Poirier, a former UK correspondent for Libération, deplores the demise of the left-wing daily in serious danger of disappearing from news stands: "Imagine a Britain where readers such as you have to choose between the Times or the Daily Telegraph. That is the nightmare France is soon going to face... Founded in 1973 by angry young men who had embraced politics in the tumultuous year of 1968, Libération became the quintessence of the French left and was long revered throughout the world for its innovative take on news, criticism and photojournalism. ...So, eight months before the presidential elections, who today caters for the French left? Who dissects and analyses facts and news for the voters of the left? ... So best be a daily like Le Monde, seeking out the middle ground by constantly oscillating between the laissez-faire left and the liberal right? Why shouldn't there be room for enlightened and well-articulated radical views, for complex opinions rather than simplistic analyses?"

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 02/05/2006

Poirier: Britain ignores most of the world's 'intellectual output'

Agnès Poirier, a London-based French journalist, refutes Timothy Garton Ash's recent assertion in the Guardian's columns that 'the South bank of the Thames is less elegant but more intellectually alive than the left bank of the Seine'. "Think Europe has no more intellectuals simply because you can't find their books? Think again. Guess how many books in British bookshops are translations? Just 3% - meaning the bulk of the world's intellectual output never gets read or discussed in Britain. If Camus, Borges, Calvino, Bourdieu, Foucault, Grass and Havel were young intellectuals today, they would not get translated into English. ... The rampant imperialism of the English language contributes to the building of an ivory tower invisible to its inhabitants."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 30/03/2006

'Declinologists' feed on France's malaise

Agnès Poirier, a London-based French journalist, looks at the rising influence of 'declinologists', a self-hating French elite that thrives on malaise. "The declinologists don't speak about 'la crise' - that is much too lame. What they are talking about, and secretly dreaming of, is a national cataclysm. It would serve the French right. The declinologists are the kind of people who, after such national tragedy, would surely erect a new cathedral in Paris, just as others built the Sacré-Coeur after the Commune, in order to expunge France's sins. ... Indeed, what the declinologists are advocating is an anti-France, a France cleansed from its revolutionary heritage, from the spirit of the Enlightenment. ... Their talent has been to catch the people's imagination and occupy the ideological ground left empty by a deafeningly silent socialist party."

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