A tribute will be made in memory of André Glucksmann at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery on November 13, 2015. “We have been overwhelmed by the many messages of support we have received. We were happy to have lived with him through the century,” the victim’s family said in their emotional statement
Long regarded as one of France’s reigning intellectuals André Glucksmann contributed profoundly to the social consciousness of the post-World War II generation through his leftward political commitments.
Glucksmann died on November 10, 2015 at the age of 78. His death was announced on Facebook by his son Raphaël but the cause was not given. He described his father as “a good and excellent man”.
“My first and best friend is no more, I had the incredible luck to know, laugh, debate, travel, play – do all and nothing at all with such a good and brilliant man,” he wrote on Tuesday.
Glucksmann never ceased to voice his anger at oppressive states around the world. He was born in a Jewish family originally from Poland. His experience of the Nazi occupation of France during World War II inspired his involvement with the French communist party.
His first book “the language of war” was published in 1967, followed by “Revolutionary Strategy” in 1968.
In 1979, the French philosopher rallied the support to the cause of the Vietnamese who were fleeing the war in that country. Later he supported US interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan
French President François Hollande tweeted that the philosopher had “always listened to the suffering of people”. Nicolas Sarkozy, leader of the opposition said his loss “turned a page in French thought from the second half of the 20th Century”.
Louise Gourlaouen, IEJ 3E Group 2