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Sudhir Hazareesingh, Award-winning historian and fellow in politics, Balliol College, Oxford; Jonathan Derbyshire, Managing Editor of Prospect Magazine

The horrific Charlie Hebdo shootings in January 2015 exposed deep economic and social fractures in French society, and heightened a growing anxiety about France’s place in a globalised world order.

A nation renowned for its central ideals of citizenship, progress and social justice, and with a history of confident and often brazen optimism, has now been seized by a mood of introspection and doubt.

Award-winning author and academic Sudhir Hazareesingh explores the reasons behind the recent loss of confidence in the creativity of French public thinkers, and asks how might this nation’s once globally influential intellectual heritage be revived?

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