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Bernard-Henri Levy speaker

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Paris, France

Key voice supporting French intervention in Libya

French public intellectual and philosopher

Prolific author and journalist in both English and French

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a journalist and philosopher who has written many best-selling books in English and French over the last 35 years. He has written extensively on totalitarianism, calling for intervention in Bosnia in the early 1990s in Darfur in 2008 and in both Libya and Syria in 2011.

He has written extensively on a range of political issues, with books ranging from “Bangladesh, Nationalism in the Revolution” (1973), “Who Killed Daniel Pearl” (2003) and “Left in Dark Times: a Stand Against the New Barbarism” (2008). Bernard was one of the key signatories for the manifesto against totalitarianism along with Salman Rushdie.

A sophisticated social commentator, his book “American Vertigo: Travelling in the Footsteps of Tocqueville” (2007) was a New York Times best-seller.

Bernard began his career as a war reporter for the underground newspaper Combat in the 1970s and has toured war-zones as a journalist to help garner public support for oppressed states. In 2008, he interviewed Mikheil Saakashvili during the South-Ossetian crisis.

Our Comment

"Bernard is a provocative thinker who retains high-level political connections such Nicolas Sarkozy. His ability to influence French foreign policy was recently demonstrated through his vocal criticisms of Gadaffi that led to France’s call for a UN Resolution to protect civilian lives."

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