Fixing France w/ Nabila Ramdani

28 Feb 2024 – 20:30 - 21:45 BST
Eton College

Author and award-winning journalist Nabila Ramdani will be discussing her new book at Eton College.

What is the link between the French Fifth Republic and the Algerian War of Independence? And why is this presidential system no longer fit for purpose? French-Algerian journalist and academic Nabila Ramdani explains.

About the book

France—the romanticised, revolutionary land of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity for all—is failing. Reform is urgently needed. This book is a powerful indictment of the status quo, and a highly original perspective on the challenges to which the nation must rise.

Nabila Ramdani is not from the establishment elite: she is a marginalised insider, born and raised in a neglected Paris suburb. With unflinching clarity, she probes the fault lines of her struggling country, exposing the Fifth Republic as an archaic system which emerged from Algeria’s cataclysmic War of Independence.

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Today, a monarchical President Macron shows little interest in democracy, while a far-right party threatens to replace him. Segregation, institutionalised rioting, economic injustice, the debasement of women, a monolithic education system, deep-seated racial and religious discrimination, paramilitary policing, terrorism and extremism, and a duplicitous foreign policy all fuel the growing crisis.

Can the broken republic be fixed? Ramdani’s book is a hopeful call for action and provides some pressing answers.

About the author

Nabila Ramdani is a French author of Algerian descent who works as a journalist, academic and broadcaster. Nabila began her award-winning journalistic career in the BBC Paris Bureau. She has since broadcast for outlets including Sky News, Al Jazeera and CNN, and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Washington Post and others. Educated at Paris VII University and the London School of Economics (LSE), Nabila has taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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