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Country party
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Country party

It was not until the very last days that this campaign finally looked like a campaign. Meetings are back. Months of confinement and “social distancing” would have almost made us forget it: politics is a contact sport. Crowds and handshakes, smells of merguez, slightly kitsch t-shirts, squeaky loudspeakers, slogans that we sing - always very loud, often very wrong. And over there, on the platform, candidates who wet their shirts, try to convince, commit, promise.→ FIND from the evening of June 20 the results of the first round of the 2021 regional elections"The militant is an animal which feeds on words", wrote Mauriac. He also draws his energy from the feeling of being a crowd, in the midst of others. Whether or not we are sensitive to the aesthetics of numbers, we m...
Lost in the folds of reality
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Lost in the folds of reality

It is often said that reality is overtaken by fiction, in the face of new technological advances which until then seemed to us to be part of our imagination. It would be fairer to think the other way around, what we call reality catches up with fiction, worlds and representations that we have imagined to escape reality or to question it.Today we are the actors and spectators of a process of reciprocal dissolution of fiction and reality, worthy of the best science fiction scenarios. Reality seems to accomplish, or achieve, what fiction had forged in its imaginary exploration work.→ EXPLANATION. Towards "killer robots"?But isn't that the worst-case scenario? This overlap of parallel worlds, real and fictitious, confused and self-fulfilling. An example ? The development...
Raffaele Simone: “Europe is depriving itself of a critical look at migrants”
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Raffaele Simone: “Europe is depriving itself of a critical look at migrants”

The cross : You qualify as “historic” the movement of arrivals of asylum seekers in Europe which began in 2015. Why is it so unique?Raffaele Simone: It belongs to those facts that start out relatively unnoticed, then expand and magnify quantitatively until producing a game-changing result. At the end of this process, there will be significant cultural, economic and social changes. In this sense, it is a "Fatal event". History has seen many: the Great War, the French Revolution, and now the pandemic ... In our tradition, they are designated by capital letters. This is why I chose the expression “Great Migration”.Can the situation really “completely” change? 1.9 million migrants arrived via the Mediterranean between 2014 and 2018, for a population of 450 million Europea...
The day when “I came out of the cave”
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The day when “I came out of the cave”

It had been barely a few hours that, in the cave of Lombrives (Ariège), Tiphaine Vuarier had launched his first bets on the number of days remaining before the release. A week, maybe two, but certainly not less. In this cavity, the largest in Europe, Tiphaine and fourteen other people have been locked up for forty days.An unprecedented scientific experimentExtreme containment, carried out in order to scientifically analyze the adaptation capacities of humans reclusive 400 meters under the rock. Without sunlight or time stamps, only sleep cycles can be used to try to get your bearings in the calendar. So when two people from outside come to tell them that it's time to go back up, this Saturday, April 24, Tiphaine thinks he's only at his 32nd.e adventure day. Some of hi...
The conductor Sébastien Daucé, praise of gentleness
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The conductor Sébastien Daucé, praise of gentleness

It was time for cultural activity to resume, Sébastien Daucé had had enough ... "The crisis made me aware of one thing: it is the urgency of the short term that stimulates me", he analyzes as the rehearsals of the show he is preparing for the Aix-en-Provence Festival begin (1).New musical project availableThe conductor of the Ensemble Correspon-dances is quick to mention another project, available today in the form of a double CD from Harmonia Mundi (2). “It follows on from the program we gave in Krakow, during the Misteria Paschalia festival. While French music is our familiar garden, here is a foray into Germanic land. "The instrumentalists and singers of Correspondances faced two masterpieces: The Seven Words of Christ de Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) et Members of Jesu...
Register on a dating site, I hesitate …
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Register on a dating site, I hesitate …

"Why don't you sign up on a dating site?" " This question baffled Elizabeth Mayaux, a psychosociologist in the Jura. It was asked by her own daughter, as if to draw his attention to an obvious fact, when she had just divorced in her fifties. "I was not born with the Internet, and virtual dating at first seemed light years away from me", she recalls. By focusing on this eventuality in spite of everything, she discovered a constellation of generalist or specialized sites, for Internet users of all ages and of all profiles, of such or such religion, passionate about horses, cooking, motorcycles or painting ...→ READ. Artificial intelligence plays the matchmaker on dating apps" Why not ? ", she ended up saying to herself, for lack of satisfactory encounters in "real lif...
Democratic fatigue
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Democratic fatigue

In the age of the smartphone, being indignant, reacting, supporting, it is done on a whim and with a flick of the thumb. Voting is another matter. More complex and more engaging. Two weeks before the next elections, many municipalities are struggling to recruit the assessors essential to the functioning of the polling stations. In places, three quarters are still missing! To ensure the smooth running of the polls on June 20 and 27, we need twice as many volunteers as usual, because there will be two ballot boxes, one for the departmental, the other for the regional.The mayors initially believed that this shortage was explained by the fear of the Covid. But the evil is deeper. Philippe Laurent, from the Association of Mayors of France, puts forward another hypothesis:...
Desire for proximity
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Desire for proximity

The aspiration was already there, it grew stronger. The desire for proximity has been fully expressed for several months, heightened by the weeks of confinement. Isolated for several weeks, many French people became aware of their needs for contacts and exchanges, preferred supplies from the corner of the street to crowds in supermarkets, deplored the collapse of the made in France for the most vital products, vaccines, masks or drugs.→ CASE OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Should I consume made in France?The movement had already been germinating for a long time. The rise of short circuits, experiences of local democracy, a new form of engagement through micro-actions, the vitality of networks in neighborhoods or territories, a thirst for conviviality or calls to relocate production ...
Points of view and images of the world
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Points of view and images of the world

The most beautiful discoveries are made by going off the beaten track. It is unsettling to be jostled in one's certainties but it is also extraordinarily exhilarating: to change points of view, to realize that one can think differently, more broadly, further, more intensely.This is the effect that the conversation with architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal will perhaps have on you - as it has on us. They are the laureates of the famous Pritzker Prize, a prestigious award, “Nobel Prize for Architecture”, and it made us want to hear them at length.→ READ. The Pritzker Prize awarded to Lacaton and Vassal, architects of repairWho are these architects who believe - contrary to many urban policies - that it is better to renovate than to raze in order to rebuild? O...
Mountain rescue, is it due?
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Mountain rescue, is it due?

At the philosophical basis of gratuity: the values ​​of fraternity and equality. “Going back to this principle would in fact limit access to the mountain by reserving it for the better-off, warns Sélim Allili, director of the French Civil Security Institute (Ifrasec). Paying for an activity inevitably discriminates… ” Since the average cost of mountain rescue is around € 9,000, there is no doubt that insurers would pass it on to the amount of contracts.The supporters of an insurance system invoke the concepts of justice and equity. “Hiking in the mountains is a hobby practiced by those who can afford it. Therefore, is it fair that all French people finance their care?, asks the deputy LR Philippe Gosselin. I don't think so: those who can afford such leisure can also affor...