The "pretentious little bastard" known as BHL

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The “pretentious little bastard” known as BHL

The photo at the top of this article almost made me puke. To get a flavour this line says it all…."After travelling to Libya in his trademark white shirt unbuttoned to the navel…"

"Despite being dismissed by one Élysée adviser as a "pretentious little bastard", BHL's influence over the president was unprecedented for a philosopher. He was soon being referred to as Sarkozy's "war chief" and "second foreign minister", and inspiring headlines such as "Plato 1, Nato 0". It was a sea change for French intellectuals: thinkers such as Jean-Paul Sartre may have influenced public opinion but they had never succeeded in directing French policy."

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