Opening ceremony of the Night of Ideas 2024, recorded on 8 February 2024 at the Institut français, London


  • Welcome Remarks by Anissia Morel, Cultural Counsellor to the French Embassy and director of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni.
  • Hélène Duchêne, Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom, launched the Night of Ideas 2024.
  • French-Canadian novelist Nancy Huston delivered a speech on the main theme of this year’s edition Fault Lines, inspired by her eponymous novel first published in 2006. Accompanied by reading by Chloé Baker.
  • Former UK cabinet minister and diplomat Rory Stewart then addressed the same topic in light of his own experience in a pre-recorded video.


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