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European press review by Michel Philippot


Writing about the past week and its pictures won’t take me long. One pope left, another pope will soon arrive. Stéphane Hessel died, but I don’t see anyone who can replace him. Much has been said about both. Stéphane Hessel has been called both a “moderate French centrist” and a “good” right-wing reformer. This morning (3/3/13) on the radio program “Le Bien Public,” J. Louis Bourlanges called Hessel’s famous pamphlet, Indignez-Vous! (translated as Time for Outrage!) a “miserable little book” and complained about the instant canonization that followed his death. Yet he also finds something respectable about the “romanesque mystery of his origins” while admiring his “diplomatic skill” and the way he “courageously risked his life.”

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