In its headlong rush the Hollande presidency, with its armed wing in the shape of the government headed by prime minister Manuel Valls, is compromising that most fundamental of things: democracy. Democracy as an ideal, inspiration and a requirement. That common language that allows us to exchange views, deliberate and decide above and beyond our diverse leanings. That shared culture that enables us to bring people together with respect for opponents, even adversaries.
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.