“We no longer have the ability to impose Western values.”

“We no longer have the ability to impose Western values.”

Hubert Védrine
Frank Werfel for Le Figaro magazine

interview – The former foreign minister brought together famous ambassadors, historians and journalists to paint portraits of top diplomats who, from Mazarin to Sergei Lavrov, helped change the world.

Great diplomats Pirenne, the latest book by Hubert Védrine, has established itself as a reference work on international relations. With texts framed by long introductions and postfrontis.

Le Figaro. – How did you get the idea for this book about great diplomats? ?

Hubert Védrine. – It was Benoit Evert who came up with the idea of ​​teamwork for the great diplomats and negotiators of the 17th century.H From a century to the present day, which proposed that I “direct” all this, introduce it and conclude it. We have created a list of the great figures who have marked the history of international relations over the past four centuries and have expanded it to include some great contemporary diplomats.

I accepted this project out of my passion for history, the one that nourishes us and that we can discuss, while the “duty to remember” is a reflection of the feelings of the moment. Returning to the twenty great and exciting characters depicted in the work, we can see what…

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