Giving futurism a bad name – political visions of France in 2025

By Robert Hickson 20/08/2013

Those Frenchies and their visions. I wrote a while back about a series of french postcards imagining the future 100 years forward. Now their politicians are getting into the act, but with less temporal vision. A week is a long time in politics, so I guess that looking ahead 10 years could seem like a century to them.

The idea of thinking ahead is good, naturally. But President Hollande’s holiday assignment for his Ministers was, as we say in Google Translate, “cuits“.* Having a vision is the easy part, figuring out how to move toward that state is harder, and really thinking about what is plausible is even harder. The last two don’t seem to have been asked of them. Bring in les professionnels, s’il vous plait.

The pillorying they are getting in the press may put them off thinking seriously beyond the next few election cycles, and could discourage other countries too. That would be terrible.


* undercooked