Obesity

This continues on the topic of obesity in connexion with Covid 19, relevant almost equally to France and the UK. Covid 19 has revealed social inequalities: the less well-off and black and ethnic minority people are more likely to suffer more severe forms of the disease and even die of it.  Because obesity affects these groups … Continue reading Obesity

The 17th October 1961

The 17 October 1961 is the date of a set of demonstrations of Algerians in Paris, against the imposition of a curfew. Police reaction was extremely violent, many Algerians were killed and injured, 14 000 were arrested and taken to internment centres where more deaths and injuries occurred.   The state news next morning only made … Continue reading The 17th October 1961

Review of ‘The Riom Trial’ By Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre Tissier

Review of ‘The Riom Trial’ By Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre Tissier Maître des Requêtes au Conseil d’Etat Author of “The Government of Vichy” George Harrap and Co. London 1942. In February 1942 Vichy gave the world a strange spectacle, that of a country discussing in public the reasons for its occupation by a foreign power. And the … Continue reading Review of ‘The Riom Trial’ By Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre Tissier

Simone Weil’s Rejection of the Enlightenment

Simone Weil’s rejection of the enlightenment  Simone Weil (1909-1943) is a French philosopher and mystic. At the Ecole Normale Supérieure she was the contemporary of Simone de Beauvoir and Sartre. She was a brilliant Hellenist, translating from the classics without the text, as she knew the text by heart, according to another contemporary of hers, … Continue reading Simone Weil’s Rejection of the Enlightenment