Meet the intellectuals leading France to the right

When President de Gaulle was asked to authorise the criminal prosecution of Jean-Paul Sartre for civil disobedience during the Algerian war, he declined. ‘One does not lock up Voltaire,’ he added, unhistorically. In France, ‘public intellectuals’ have a quasi-constitutional status, so it’s not surprising that a furious bunfight has broken out over a handful of philosophers known as ‘les nouveaux réactionnaire’.

  • Miss Trixie

    What’s a ‘bunfight’? Is that a food-fight with brioche?

    *scratchin’ me head*

    • Justin St.Denis

      Nope. A bunfight (vocal disagreement) is what you get when your buntoss (corporately or government funded luncheon) does not go as planned. Anyone vaguely familiar with the rubber-chicken circuit can confirm this.

  • Alain

    Peole need to understand that in France anything that would normally be considered a bit left of centre is the hard-right.