Category: VERBATIM

You have lost, Mr Putin

Speech at the Place de la Bastille during the demonstration in support of Ukraine, on March 5, 2022

You have lost, Mr Putin

You are unbeatable, Mr Putin, unbeatable in killing and lying.

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You have lost, Mr Putin

Oh sure, you will still kill, destroy, sow grief and disaster, but you have already lost because empires cannot be rebuilt, believe this from a Frenchman, and you cannot return to that absolutism of which you dream so much, believe this, too, from a Frenchman.

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Let us move even faster towards a common European defence

It is not that he has become a humanist and respectful of borders. None of us, of course, would be naïve enough to believe that this is the reason why Mr Putin said yesterday that some of his troops were returning to their barracks and that there was still room and time for diplomacy, but then why did he put his foot on the brake?

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From the heir of Peter the Great to the heir of Ivan the Terrible

Intervention in the plenary session on the “Continued repression of civil society and human rights defenders in Russia: the case of the human rights organisation Memorial”

Madam President, my dear colleagues, this movement that Mr Putin wants to muzzle was the first ray of sunshine of the perestroika. I will never forget the first meetings organised by Memorial with former Gulag prisoners who were reunited, who looked at each other, whose tears began to flow and who said in a weak voice: “It’s you, it’s really you”. Yes, they were the survivors.

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Dear Readers,

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.

“Smithing makes the smith”, I hope you will bear with me.


Bernard Guetta



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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