Fmr French Amb. to the UN and the US. Chroniqueur @LePoint. Trustee @CrisisGroup Sen. adviser @ASG. Dist. fellow @AtlanticCouncil. At Senseagency.fr

Joined April 2014
A la rentrée, un retour sur dix événements de l’histoire diplomatique de notre pays (de Louis XIV à Villepin…) et leurs enseignements dans un monde structuré par la rivalité entre puissances grandes et moyennes.
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How do you know they are dissidents? Where do you give them the visa? It doesn’t make any sense.
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Right now the Russians are not facing any consequences for this horrific invasion. Stopping visas for their pleasure trips to Cannes is the very least France can do. Asylum visas of course should still be granted to dissidents.
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How to make a viral tweet? 1. Select your enemy, e.g. Valyrians. 2. Find video of a Valyrian looking bad and doing smth awful, e.g. a drunken Valyrian peeing in a public place 3. Use plural form and “always” to project it on all Valyrians throughout entire history. Result:
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It is exactly this type of feeling I can’t accept and won’t. The sewers of war….
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A Russian can’t be totally innocent.
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Any war has the same toxic effects : Manichaeism, wishful thinking, dehumanizing of the enemy, loss of critical thinking and of common sense, rallying behind slogans, ganging against dissident thinking, hatred, exaltation etc. The war in Ukraine is reminding us this sad reality.
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La politique étrangère française, c’est toujours un peu le village d’Astérix avec devinez qui dans le rôle des Romains?
Râleur, irascible, têtu, Astérix a un caractère bien français... mais c'est pour ça qu'on l'aime.
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L'image du jour a été obtenue par le télescope spatial Hubble. On y voit NGC 7331, une galaxie située à 45 millions d'années-lumière et aux dimensions semblables à la Voie Lactée. Cet Univers-ile contient donc des centaines de milliards d'étoiles! Voici son coeur.
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Plus it's against European law.
verfassungsblog.de/banning-r… A good article on why it would be unlawful to ban Russians from receiving Schengen visa.
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Indeed, It’s a slippery slope to the US’s Japanese internment camps. Not their proudest moment.
I am opposing a visa ban on Russians for two reasons : (1) the measure has no any realistic achievable goal, (2) it is contrary to European values to randomly punish innocent individuals : it is not because the other side doesn’t respect any value that we should forget ours.
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This Salman Rushdie quote hits hard today.
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⚡️ Macron signs protocol for Sweden, Finland to join NATO. “This sovereign choice of Finland and Sweden, two European partners, will reinforce their security in the face of a real menace in their immediate neighborhood,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.
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I am opposing a visa ban on Russians for two reasons : (1) the measure has no any realistic achievable goal, (2) it is contrary to European values to randomly punish innocent individuals : it is not because the other side doesn’t respect any value that we should forget ours.
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Germany and the European Commission currently reject a blanket visa ban for Russian entrants to Europe This means that border countries, such as Estonia, Latvia and Finland, will likely remain outliers instead of trendsetters on the issue of Russian visas
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Emmanuel Macron signe la ratification des adhésions de la Finlande et de la Suède à l'Otan bfmtv.com/international/emma…
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Gérard Araud, ex-ambassadeur de France aux États-Unis : « Donald Trump s’est toujours moqué des procédures » lejdd.fr/International/gerar…
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The average Russian sitting in his apartment in Vladivostok, who holds no power whatsoever, is partly responsible for the unjustified war in Ukraine. Ban their travel to Europe! Or make them pay more for a visa! You have “serious” people actually making this argument.
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Pectoral of Horus with Sun-disk. From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
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The global inflation shock is ending. It hit the US first (blue), so that's where core CPI inflation has already begun to fall. Next it'll hit Europe, where core HICP inflation will turn lower (black). Finally, it will be Japan's turn (red), taking Japan back into deflation...
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Monothelism was an short lived attempt by the imperial power to transcend the opposition between monophysism and orthodoxy.
13 Aug: feast of Maximus the Confessor d. #otd in 662 - he combated the Monothelitist view that Christ only had a divine and not a human will.
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The year the offence of #blasphemy was abolished in France: 1791. The year it was abolished in England: 2008. The year it was abolished in Scotland: 2021.
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