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At last, brightness in the tomb

“To great Men the grateful nation” that is what you can see on the pediment of the Panthéon. O, the Panthéon, last resting place of great men but obviously not of many great women. The result of the match speaks for itself: since its creation, the Panthéon has welcomed 75 men and only 6 women. When I say six, I should rather say five as … Continue reading At last, brightness in the tomb

Smoking and cheating: Welcome to Emily’s Paris

In 2020, Netflix released a new show, Emily in Paris, relating the adventures of an American woman who comes to work in the city of lights. After the first season, waves of mockery, parody, and indignation have crashed the Internet. Paris and its inhabitants are shown from a US perspective, full of cheating, smoking, drinking wine and eating baguette. But is it full of clichés? … Continue reading Smoking and cheating: Welcome to Emily’s Paris

“Politics was taboo, we always felt watched”

How was it to grow up under Ben Ali’s rule in Tunisia as a child? Ben Ali was elected president of Tunisia in 1987 and stayed in power until his escape from the country during the Arab Spring in 2011. Despite major progresses in the economy and the status of women, Ben Ali ruled Tunisia as a dictatorship using propaganda to control the population, as the journalist … Continue reading “Politics was taboo, we always felt watched”