Laurent Bouvet, co-founder of the Republican Spring, is dead



Laurent Bouvet, professor of political science at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, former activist of the Socialist Party and co-founder in 2016, with Gilles Clavreul, of the Republican Spring, died, Saturday, December 18, at 53 years old.

He revealed in a Facebook post last November to be suffering from the terrible disease of Charcot. ” Game over. In the summer of 2019, I was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease called ALS, more commonly known as ‘Charcot’s disease’. This disease quickly deprived me of the use of my limbs and speech. I have always refused to mention it publicly, especially here, because I did not want the disease to define me. If I mention it today, it is because I am leaving Facebook and my public speaking ceases with this departure. “

Defender of secularism

A researcher in political theory, member of the council of elders of secularism in national education, he was a staunch defender of secularism. Co-founder of the Republican Spring, a movement of intellectuals and politicians campaigning to relaunch the promotion of secularism, he was the author of several books, the last of which was The New Secular Question, was published by Flammarion, in 2019.

→ ESSAY Advocacy of a republican for secularism

On Saturday, at the end of the afternoon, the tributes multiplied on Twitter. “His alerts, his writings, will resonate for a long time”, greeted essayist Caroline Fourest. “I will miss Laurent, his personality, his courage, his thought, his writings will miss me and our country, the left, mine, the Republicans”, wrote the former Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Marlène Schiappa, Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship, shared her “Immense sadness” : “Our friend Laurent Bouvet was much more than an intellectual, great defender of the republican left. Words are lacking today to express his erudition, his humor, his generosity. “

In the banner of his own Twitter account, Laurent Bouvet had posted a sentence from Marc Aurèle: “A great way to defend yourself from them is to avoid looking like them.” “

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