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Libération - France | 18/04/2008

The death of Aimé Césaire, man of culture in action

Didier Pourquery reacts in an editorial to the death of French poet Aimé Césaire on April 17th in Fort-de-France, Martinique. "During his struggle, along the verses of his poems, the champion of 'négritude' incarnated, beyond his declared origins, a call. A universal call on human dignity. Aimé Césaire called his fellow humans awake wherever they were, called on them to find their forgotten identities and called on their responsibility to do so. First and foremost, it's this that was his strength. But at the same time, he recognised himself: 'I accept my origins, but what can I do with them?' He proved via his political career that what he discovered and lived helped him to call on others who wanted to change the world. ... Césaire's greatness was also in rolling up his sleeves in dealing with the problems that resulted from colonialism and solving them everyday, without fail. Poet and Member of Parliament, mayor and visionary, Aimé Césaire was a man of culture in action."

Libération - France | 14/04/2008

Europe must react to food riots

In the wake of food riots that occurred in several countries over the weekend, Didier Pourquery argues that "the gap is widening between the problems of the north and those of the south. Certainly, we've noticed a large increase in food prices in Europe as well. Bread prices are rising, but here, bread doesn't make up such a large proportion of family budgets as it does is poor countries. In the north, we have considered the question of European crop self-sufficiency as resolved, and to reduce the weight of the agricultural policy, we've begun to reflect on alternative farming: more economical, responsible, organic, etc. ... Faced with skyrocketing demand, a falling stock market, rising food prices and food riots, it's time to get back to production. Produce a lot, quickly and cheaply."

Libération - France | 02/11/2007

A hike in the price of petrol is worrying Europe

Didier Pourquery fears the negative effects of the rise in petrol prices on the morale of French households: "Petrol, dairy products, bread... everything is becoming more expensive, isn't it? No, the government reassures us: inflation is under control at 1.5% a year. The French are nevertheless worried about their buying power... Their degree of satisfaction with their standard of living is almost 10 points below the European average [according to a recent study]. ... As winter draws nigh, when the time comes to heat homes, bills are notably higher. People are able to feel and measure inflation very well for themselves as the same applies to the price of their baguette and camembert as to fuel oil. Are these examples anecdotal? Not really. We must beware of certain psychological or symbolic prices. When water, fuel oil and petrol bills are higher we are out of anecdotal territory and in the thick of real life."

Libération - France | 15/09/2007

Which national heritage should be protected?

Following the European Heritage Days that took place in France last weekend, September 15-16, Didier Pourquery notes that "Since the1930s, there has been very heated debate between historians and architects concerning what should be protected or restored. Should works of art be restored or all places of national memory be celebrated? Should a flamboyant policy be pursued or a doctrine of transmission followed? Successive governments have rarely been decisive. A bit of this, a bit of that... Also, for forty years, this question has been a bone of contention between the State and local communities, who are often reluctant to save sites that would be used to more immediate ends. And the debate is all the more complicated by the fact that half of protected building are privately owned!"

Libération - France | 28/08/2007

The tone of Sarkozy's foreign policy

Didier Pourquery reacts to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's first big foreign policy speech given Monday, August 27th. "In foreign policy as in other fields of action, the Sarkozy style is first and foremost a tone. A tone that pushes, that hammers-home, that underlines. The tone of his speech yesterday was generally seen to be offensive (though in diplomatic matters, you often don't need much to appear out of the ordinary...) The President needed to mark a sort of break in this field. This was essentially in his choice of words. There were rather strong qualifications towards Russia and China; a quick fix for the Iranian nuclear program ('The Bomb, or get bombed'). He hammered-home the contestable idea of the 'confrontation' between Islam and the West. ... As for everything else, the President didn't surprise anyone."

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