There was lots of gilding, solemnity and excitement. And then … nothing. On Monday July 3rd, addressing members of his government and of both chambers of the French Parliament in the grand setting of Versailles, President Emmanuel Macron served up what amounted to little more than a very long campaign speech. For an hour and a half the new president simply repeated what he had said many times over, first in his book 'Révolution' and then at every meeting and in every interview during his election campaign. “Under article 18 the Constitution allows the President of the Republic to speak before the Parliament that has gathered for this purpose in a Congress,” he stated at the start of his speech. “There are times when this possibility becomes a necessity. The times we are living through now is one of those occasions.” Indeed, one might reply: but it still requires the speech that follows to live up to such a ceremonial occasion.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.