Jacques Attali is a rare voice on the global stage: special Adviser to French President Mitterrand for 10 years; founder of 4 international institutions: Action contre la faim, EUREKA, BERD and Positive Planet; his more than 80 books are available in 22 languages and have sold 9 million copies worldwide.
His 1990 book Lignes d’Horizon (Millennium in the English version) famously served as an inspiration for Sun Microsystem’s Java programming language. On a more personal note, I read Lignes d’Horizon as a 16 year old and Attali’s vision of “nomad devices” inspired part of my career path in mobile telecoms.
(cross posting from my Substack newsletter Perspective And Context, with updates from today)
Jacques Attali is a rare voice on the global landscape: special Adviser to French President Mitterrand for 10 years; founder of 4 international institutions: Action contre la faim, EUREKA, BERD and Positive Planet; his more than 80 books are available in 22 languages have sold 9 million copies worldwide.
His 1990 book Lignes d’Horizon (Millennium in the English version) famously served as an inspiration for Sun Microsystem’s Java programming language.
President Biden’s European tour is organized as a crescendo of events to showcase the strength of the transatlantic alliance, the most powerful in the world, uniting 400M Europeans and 330M Americans and representing the majority of the G7, NATO and the UN Security Council. Liberal democracies’ economic might is formidable: the EU GDP is 15 Trillion USD, America and Canada combined is 23 Trillion USD. If you add Japan (5T), Australia (1.4T) and India (2.8T), the major democracies’ weight totals 47.2T.
Il y a 40 ans je découvrais la politique et depuis la passion pour ce milieu ne m’a pas quitté. Je vivais dans l’Essonne, à quelques mètres du campus de Polytechnique sur le Plateau de Saclay.
J’avais 6 ans et demi le 10 mai 1981 et j’ai vécu mon premier choc politique à 20H en découvrant le visage de François Mitterrand sur notre télé noir&blanc. Ma famille de droite gaulliste était sidérée et n’avait pas suivi les consignes de Charles Pasqua de voter contre Giscard.
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Fan de The Crown, admirateur d’Elizabeth (ma Reine depuis que je lui ai prêté serment en 2015 en devenant Canadien), je replonge dans mes souvenirs et le 27 juillet 1981 reste une date forte pour moi.
J’avais 7 ans et j’étais fasciné par le spectacle du mariage du Prince Charles et de Diana Spencer. Très tôt attiré par la lecture de l’Histoire par mon parrain Philippe Brochard, auteur de livres dans la magnifique collection La Vie Privée des Hommes, j’avais l’impression de voir l’Histoire avec cette cérémonie.
Cross posting from Perspective and Context
I’m Frederic Guarino, futurecaster and analyst pivoting from tech into ESG and climate action. My areas of interest: geopolitics, climate action, the intersection of media and democracy. The views expressed here are my own.
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