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Thomas Friedman on technology, Trump and the media

Thomas L. Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and the author of several best-selling books. In his latest work, "Thank You for Being Late", he explains the challenge of every society today: to adapt to a simultaneous acceleration of technology, globalisation and climate change. He calls his book "a celebration of everything old and slow", saying "the faster the world gets, the more those old and slow values are going to matter".

Thomas Friedman expresses concern about Donald Trump's presidency, warning that the US leader "can do a lot of damage".

"[Russian President Vladimir] Putin hacked our election," he added. "And all I would say to my friends in France is beware, because he's probably hacking your election right now too".

Finally, Friedman emphasizes the crucial role of the press in understanding today's changing world. In the era of Donald Trump, "it’s so easy to delegitimise the media", but the latter "has never been more important".

By Stéphanie ANTOINE

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2017-03-21 Americas

Thomas Friedman on technology, Trump and the media

Thomas L. Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and the author of several best-selling books. In his latest work, "Thank You for Being Late", he explains...

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2017-03-17 Donald Trump

Former Carter adviser calls on China to take joint stand towards N. Korea

Zbigniew Brzezinski served as National Security Adviser under President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. He gives FRANCE 24 his take on current US foreign policy and the existence...

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2017-03-15 French culture

How Anglophones speak French without knowing it

Anthony Lacoudre, a French lawyer living in New York, has written a fascinating book entitled "The incredible history of French words in English: How English speakers speak...

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2017-03-16 Africa

‘I am not an accidental president’: Barrow vows change in Gambia

On his first trip outside Africa, new Gambian President Adama Barrow said he was confident France and the EU would boost financial support to his country after 22 years of...

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