Mitterrand, between change and continuity

His official portrait showed him in front of a library, reading the ‘essays’ of Montaigne. A sign foreshadowing the great cultural and humanist reforms to be accomplished during his reign. Thus, is how he chose to reveal himself to the French. Yet, first known as an opponent to the Fifth Republic, he wrote the “permanent coup d’état” …

In search of the original charisma: De Gaulle and the Fifth Republic.

Reading on Max Weber’s studies, one can observe different forms of legitimacy behind the authority of a government exercising domination over its population. Three reasons three reasons why should we submit and obey to such political authority can actually be discerned. First, the one of tradition, in which one would obey because the power has been …

Macron: Power and Genealogy of his Presidency

With his mandate still ongoing and the potential chance that he may run for reelection in 2022, the Presidency of Emmanuel Macron being the youngest Chief of State in the history of the French Republic, has brought many questions surrounding his power and the nature of his presidency. Is he some kind of ‘unidentified political …

A rendezvous with former Ambassador of France Gérard Araud.

On Friday the 31st of January, as Brexit had just been officially announced, I met with Former Ambassador Gérard Araud in Paris to discuss this issue and many more. Ambassador Araud debuted a career dedicated to the field of diplomacy only one year after the election of Ronald Reagan, and it concluded two years after the election …