The philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy does not interfere for the first time in the Paris foreign policy. 18 years ago, he had succeeded, François Mitterrand, to win a trip to the siege of Sarajevo.
"BHL," as the eloquent dandy is called by the French media, in which he is a regular, Sarkozy persuaded that he would support not only a good and promising thing, but because of the reluctance of other Western governments and leaders could be a celebrated hero of the Libyan Revolution.
With Mitterrand to Sarajevo
It is not the first time that BHL, who in the tradition of French intellectuals regularly intervenes in human rights issues, such meddling in foreign policy. 18 years ago, he had succeeded, the then President, Francois Mitterrand, to win a spectacular and risky trip to the besieged Sarajevo.
This time, Sarkozy took on the advice of his eminence grise with a diplomatic hussar string the UN approval of air strikes against Gaddafi's troops and recognized the Transitional Council of the opposition as the legitimate representative of Libya in - without warn his partners only.
Lévy was similar to most French intellectuals - and Sarkozy - the riots in Tunisia and Egypt shamefully missed. When, in February as Special Rapporteur of the newspaper "Libération" (which it is a shareholder) arrived in Cairo's Tahrir Square, Hosni Mubarak had already fallen. In his disappointment, he traveled to Benghazi to be received in the next scene, where he managed insurgent leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil. Ostensibly, he modestly said of his role: "I have no other legitimacy than my own conscience."