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Macron and the Intellectuals : Let's talk, day and night!

Where are the Intellectuals? Why do we hear so little, when it comes to the big questions of our society in transition? What happened to the figure of the committed Intellectual who criticizes, think and, above all, ideas? These questions are asked often, where you switched so often in matters of intellectual envy to France.

True, there are a lot of Star intellectuals in the mythical atmosphere of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Emmanuel Macron had not touched during his election campaign with kid gloves. "You're under arrest the old schemes. Most of them have already long nothing more earth-shattering. You don't like political Action, but comment on it. You have become leitartik learning’, had criticized the presidential candidate.

On Monday evening in Paris, he jumped over his shadow and has invited 64 of the intellectuals in the elysée Palace, the Best in their respective discipline and not necessarily those who are keen to regularly appear on television. Macron wanted to discuss with you, "what means and ways out of the current dead-end lead".

Because they do not appear to be resentful of the criticism of the President is not addressed, felt, historians, sociologists, lawyers, Economists, philosophers, geographers, psychiatrists followed the invitation and have bombarded the President with questions about the issues that concern the French at the time: tax reform, property tax, secularism, bio-ethics, Islam, Algeria, artificial insemination, psychiatry, essence, purchasing power, poverty ...

While you read this, again barricades

not only in France, the unprecedented Experiment that was transmitted in the live stream set up. The 64 showed stamina: for eight Whole hours the discussion lasted. I followed in Berlin from 18 clock. At midnight, I could not take it anymore and went to sleep.

The next Morning, I learned that the parties Involved were gone by 2:30 to go home. "There was only one that was still fit," said one of the participants exhausted. "And that was the President. Incredibly, what he has for power. He'd made all night.“

64 heads and a head, a former assistant of philosopher Paul Ricoeur and in his Element, in the ballroom, with its chandeliers and gathered. On the one hand, an impressive picture: In what other country of the world, and especially with what other head of state, so a meeting would have been possible? "In the White house, surely not," quipped on Monday, Michel Wieviorka, an expert on identity and Immigration. "In the Chancellery, probably not", you want to add.

on the other hand, something Absurd to be liable to the Whole: In the Moment you read these lines, the yellow West and the rioters already occupy roundabouts and through the streets of France for the 19. Edition of their revolt. A guerrilla mood as last week again? It is rather doubtful whether the intellectual flights of fancy in the higher-up's have you convinced. You can already be glad if the Experiment is not designed as an arrogant provocation.

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Emmanuel Macron, and the culture Of the philosopher in the Élysée Palace

Eberhard Spreng

Emmanuel Macron conceded that he had played according to the riots last Saturday with the thought of the Whole thing off. But he changed his mind. Cancellations would have to go in front of a few hooligans in the knees. He also has Associations with the local members, the youth, the farmers met, so why not with the Intellectuals?

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