Category: VERBATIM

MYANMAR: Nobility and infamy

Statement on Myanmar at the Foreign Affairs Committee

There are two things involved in this inadmissible coup by the Burmese generals: the nobility of some people, and – have no fear of words – the infamy of others. In defence of the elections, of their freedom, of democracy and of their human dignity, some people take to the streets, armed only with their courage and fuelled only by their indignation.

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Mr Putin, you failed

Speech in the plenary debate on High Representative Josep Borrell’s visit to Russia

With an ounce of intelligence, he could have got the message brought to him by the mere fact that Josep Borrell has come for a visit. With an ounce of finesse, he could have understood that although we condemned, totally condemned, and said it loud and clear that we condemned the judicial harassment inflicted on Alexei Navalny and the arresting of the demonstrators who support him, at the same time we wanted to keep bridges open with Russia, especially when it comes to Iran.

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A message to Mr Xi Jinping

Plenary speech in the debate on Hong Kong

As we debate political repression in Hong Kong this morning, we are talking about an ascendant power that mocks the “One Country, Two Systems” agreement, holds a million Uighurs in forced labour camps, threatens Taiwan, projects itself into the South China Sea and unashamedly claims that dictatorship is preferable to freedom.

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The avenger and the old tsar

Speech at the plenary session in the debate on Alexei Navalny

Let’s take a good look, let’s take a closer look because, in this Navalny case, there is not only, at the same time, an unbelievable denial of rights and of all the freedoms.

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“Re-education camps”, the Chinese leaders say…

Speech at the plenary session on the forced labour and the situation of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang

“Re-education camps”, the Chinese leaders say…


But to what exactly does forced labour re-educate more than a million Uyghurs locked up in these concentration camps?

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Bernard Guetta

Born on 28 January 1951 in Boulogne-Billancourt
Married, father of two children

Centre de formation des journalistes (CFJ), Paris

Professional career

Journalist, field of expertise: geopolitics

Journalist at Le Monde 1979-1990; correspondent in Vienna, Warsaw, Washington
Moscow correspondent 1987-1990
Radio columnist at France Inter 1991-2018
Editor-in-chief of Expansion 1991-1993 and of the Nouvel Observateur 1996-1999
Former Editorial writer at L’Express, Le Temps, Libération
Writes in La Repubblica, Gazeta, and l’Espresso

Six prizes of journalism, including
Albert-Londres Prize 1981
Mumm Prize 1989 for the book Géopolitique


Patron Mai, Le Seuil, 1975
Eloge de la Tortue, Le Monde, Actualités, 1991
Pologne, with Philippe Barbey, Arthaud 1992
Géopolitique, L'Olivier, 1995
L'Europe fédérale, avec Philippe Labarde, Grasset, Collection : « Pour et Contre », 2002
Le Monde est mon métier : Le journaliste, les pouvoirs et la vérité, with Jean Lacouture, Grasset, 2007
L'an I des révolutions arabes : décembre 2010-janvier 2012, Belin, 2012
Intime Conviction. Comment je suis devenu européen, 2014
Dans l'Ivresse de l'histoire, Flammarion, 2017
L'Enquête hongroise (puis polonaise, italienne et autrichienne), Flammarion, 2019