French politics

Stephane Hessel, the forever outraged

Stephane Hessel (1917 - 2013)

Stephane Hessel (1917 – 2013)

I’ve heard the death of Stephane Hessel, 95, on this morning.

Born in Germany, in 1917, the man rose up against Nazism he denounced from the beginning before getting involved in the French Resistance. He wrote the 1948 UN Human Rights Universal Declaration and was a great activist of the European integration. Progressive, he was close to the French Parti socialiste and defended in October 2012 a orientation text which was approved by near 12% of the members.

I’m very sad by the death of a man who inspired a lot of young people – thanks to his book “Time for Outrage” (“Indignez-vous” for the original version) throughout Europe and in Spain mainly during the Spring 2011 general strikes but also during the 2011 Arab Springs. Whatever the man is appreciated or not, Stephane Hessel is however a very respected and respectful man due to his view and his thoughts on the external world which were relevant.

Cristina, a Spanish journalist friend of mine, wrote on her Twitter account it would be more difficult to be outraged without him now. On the contrary, the old man gave us the energy and the force to be revolted against injustice and disorders of our world but also the day to be vigilant face to the nationalistic and withdrawal temptations, at these times of crisis. Stephane Hessel is now a moral reference for the European left (the Party of European Socialists and the French Parti socialiste mainly) for the next months and years.