MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
The political scientist and former member of the Constitutional Council Alain Lancelot passed away at 83 years old, leaving the memory of a man of exceptional finesse and pedagogy.
This son of a naval officer who graduated from Sciences-Po as a major in the public service section in 1958 seemed to have a clear political future. But his passion was to research, to analyze, to dissect the forces and currents that move our democratic life. So he abandoned the political scene to study behind the scenes, and even more so for the sociological interpretation of the French vote, the subject of his two theses. He knew how to renew the tradition of French electoral geography through the methods of polling and polling from the United States, of which he quickly became a reference. His expertise at the ballot box has earned him a familiar voice on our radio waves and a regular face on our television screens.
With his double doctorate in political science and sociology, but above all with this mixture of intellectual solidity and spirit of innovation, combined with a humor and oratorical talent which made him captivating, he was for thirty years a pillar of research. and higher education, invited from Ottawa to Florence, adored by his students at IEP in Grenoble and Paris.
When he took over the head of the rue Saint-Guillaume institute from 1987 to 1999, he led an ambitious study reform program, assisted by Richard Descoings, to better adapt them to the labor market, highlight the human and social sciences, and open them up to the world by learning foreign languages. Because this convinced European, who invested in the Council of Europe and the Robert-Schuman Foundation from the 2000s onwards, knew the importance of an enlightened dialogue between peoples.
His intellectual versatility allowed him to sit as well on the board of directors of ENA and Sciences Po as to enlighten the SOFRES polling institute and the national AIDS council, to serve as vice-president of the Center. of Training Journalists or giving valuable advice to today’s economic and political decision-makers. His appointment to the Constitutional Council from 1996 to 2001 crowned this rich career and enshrined his status as great sage of our Republic.
The President deplores the disappearance of a spearhead of French political thought with multiple commitments and countless talents, who will be missed in the world of research, higher education and public institutions.