Plenary intervention in the debate on the 30th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union and its significance for the future of Russia and EuropeRead More
Plenary speech in the debate on political relations and cooperation between the EU and Taiwan
Mr President, Commissioner, dear colleagues, there are times when even a dictator can speak the truth. When Mr Xi Jinping says that Taiwan is China, yes, he is right. Taiwan is China, and it is the destiny of Taiwan and Communist China to reunite one day, just as West Germany and East Germany did, just as the two Koreas, let us hope, let us be certain, will do one day. But under what conditions?Read More
Speech in the plenary session in the debate on the situation in Burma
Mr President, my dear colleagues, the situation is unbearable. The facts are appalling. We know the facts and the figures: more than 1 000 people killed, more than 8 000 people imprisoned and, above all, hundreds of thousands of displaced people and even more Burmese citizens now threatened with extreme poverty, if not worse.Read More
Speech in the plenary debate on the relations between the USA and the European Union
Mr President, my dear colleagues, not so long ago, under the previous mandate, the two words “European defence” were taboo. Not so long ago, the words “strategic autonomy” were simply unknown in this House. Today we are adopting a report in which it is said that “the European Union must pursue strategic autonomy in the field of defence and economic relations” and that “the Atlantic Alliance must become an alliance among equal partners”.
Mr President, dear colleagues, why are we so proud of this report? Why do we owe Andrius Kubilius our thanks? For two reasons – and a third.Read More
welcome to this site.
It is not simply the webpage of the Member of the European Parliament, who I have become with great apprehension. Not of the journalist either, who I have been for half a century.
It is a wild ambition: I wanted to give a report on my work as an elected representative in Brussels and in Strasbourg, to continue to follow the evolution of world politics and to try to describe and decipher the stakes and the mysteries behind the scenes of the European institutions.
I wanted to create a multilingual site, to step across the borders that sometimes still separate us.
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Born on 28 January 1951 in Boulogne-Billancourt
Married, father of two children
Centre de formation des journalistes (CFJ), Paris
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