Gilets Jaunes, Strikes, the Far Right…What holds French society together?

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    Gilets Jaunes, Strikes, the Far Right…What holds French society together?

    • 10 Mar 2020
    • Linklaters

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    Western Societies are facing enormous centrifugal forces today, and seem to be drifting apart. France has seen the Gilet Jaunes Movement and massive strikes, Germany has recently seen a surge of the far right, and the United States are caught in a massive partisan struggle.


    What does or could hold us together?


    The Harvard Club of France and the HKS Chapter are cordially inviting you to explore and discuss this existential question for Western Democracy with Mathieu Lefèvre, the co-founder and CEO of More in Common, a non-profit whose mission is to unite divided societies.

    The event is followed by a cocktail in order to pursue the discussions in a more informal setting.

    More in Common draws from insights from social psychology and the social sciences to understand what is tearing western democracies apart and what can bring us back together again. More in Common has conducted widely quoted opinion research on social division and polarization in France, Germany and the United States.

    Destin Commun (More in Common's French arm) just published La France en Quête (Finding France in English), a uniquely wide-ranging survey of French society and democracy. It provides fresh insights into the deep-seated fractures that exist within French society - and also points towards opportunities for healing those divisions. Destin Commun's study finds three "Frances" living parallel lives, with few occasions for contact. They also find signs of growing polarization on questions of national identity. It suggests the fragmentation of French society can be explained by looking at profoundly held core beliefs and value systems. Building on this major segmentation study, Destin Commun has also been publishing more targeted findings on how French people view climate change and the environment in the run up to the March 2020 local elections in France. Next to Le Monder, Destin Commun's new report has been featured on France Culture, France 24, Paris Match, La Croix, L'Opinion, Marianne, AFP, Ouest France and others.

    They also released the acclaimed Hidden Tribes of America project which has been quoted in hundreds of media articles from Fox News and conservative talk radio to MSNBC and the front page of The New York Times.

    Mathieu is both French and American, lives in Paris with his wife and three sons and graduated from HKS in 2003.


    This event is organized by Jakob Haesler, President of the Harvard Club of France
    and Carlotta Alfonsin, Member of the Executive Committee.


    WHEN: Tuesday March 10th, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
    WHERE: Linklaters, 25 rue Marignan, 75008 Paris - Métros : Franklin D. Roosevelt 
    COST: HCF 2020 Members: 20 € / Young graduates Members (post 2015-): 10 € / Non-members: 25 €

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