Johann Chapoutot is a lecturer in modern history at the Sorbonne University in Paris and a expert on Nazism. In this interview with Mediapart he highlights the failures of the French handling of the Covid-19 pandemic since January by contrasting it with that of Germany, a country he knows well. The academic notes how the German authorities have been “open” and appealed to citizens' reason, while the French government, which was facing “strong challenges from all directions” before the crisis, seems “preoccupied solely with itself and shoring up its own power”.
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.