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Alain Badiou on the Sarkozy Effect

11 Mar 2009

One of the most noteworthy diplomatic consequences of the latest conflagrations in the Middle East has been the high profile played by French president Nicolas Sarkozy, in the role of international broker and peacemaker. Tonight one of France's leading philosophers, Alain Badiou, author of The Meaning of Sarkozy and professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, argues that the rise of Sarkozy represents the revival of a reactionary, demagogic tradition in French politics, based on fear. He will be in conversation with Andrew Hussey, professor at The University of London Institute in Paris and author of Paris: The Secret History and The French Intifada.

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