What is the state of today’s France as presided over by Emmanuel Macron and observed by the ageing enfant terrible of French letters, Michel Houellebecq? A confident ‘start-up nation’ or a moribund example of the ‘suicide of the West’? An enduring beacon of enlightenment or a society undermined by communitarian tensions and a scandal-ridden élite? To explore this complex situation, Gavin Bowd (Department of French) will be in conversation with Ariane Chemin, award-winning investigative journalist and grand reporter of Le Monde.
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