“The epidemic has revealed the depth of the crisis of democracies”

MAINTENANCE – For the essayist, the health crisis, preceded by the terrorist attacks and the 2008 crash, constitutes a historic turning point for building a new world order.

Nicolas Baverez had accustomed us to more declinist titles, as suggested by his book France that falls (2003). This time the lawyer and essayist publishes (Re) constructions. When epidemics make history, published by Éditions de l’Observatoire. Of course, the finding is severe. The end of the epidemic is set against a backdrop of international tensions and national identity pushes, not to mention the withdrawal of France. But democracies still have the means to react. As long as they want it!

LE FIGARO. – What lessons can be learned from the current pandemic?

Nicolas BAVEREZ. – The Covid crisis is the matrix of the XXIe century. History shows that epidemics, such as wars, revolutions and crashes, not only disrupt the hierarchy between individuals, companies or nations, but that they transform mentalities.

Who are the winning and losing nations of this crisis?

Asia remains the big winner, because it has learned the lessons of

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