Paris, FRANCE - Lawyer

Eric

Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle​ in April 2018

Eric Dupond-Moretti is one of the most famous French lawyers. He is also half Italian. As you will see, it was a very challenging interview. It was the first time that someone questioned so much our questionnaire. Is this to link with his profession? It was anyways very interesting.  

What did you want to do when you were a kid?

As a kid nothing. When I was a teenager I wanted to become a lawyer. 

With whom would you like to have a coffee?

Albert Camus. Because I find his worldview fascinating. Because he is a great author. Because he is a humanist. Because nobody wrote better than him about Justice.

                                                                                                

If you could choose something that could be taught to every school in the world, what would it be?

Tolerance. This morning I received a letter, anonymous of course, so someone telling me that races exist. He firmly believes that some are superior to others. I have it here, I really just got it (reading the letter) “I sometimes watch your debates, and it is very bad. You have to know that races do exist. You can’t mix all of them together. An Arab is not a Gallic or a Celtic.”  Well, I would like that all the kids in the world learn that this is a piece of shit.

But it is a complicated instruction, very difficult. It is kind of an utopia, isn’t?

To you, what is the main characteristic that all human beings have in common? 

I don’t know, we have a lot in common. First, we have the same DNA, which is already a lot. When Einstein filled out the documents to enter the USA, he was asked what is your race and he replied “human”.

There are a thousand things we have in common; we all have a shadow-side, a bright side… When I walk in the streets I can distinguish a dog from a man.

We have thousands of things in common and you ask me for one common feature?  It’s a silly question. Actually, it is the reduction within the question that is weird, only one common characteristic. You should reconsider your questionnaire.

To you, who’s the happiest person on earth? 

(Laughs). In fact, I think no one is happy. Didn’t René Char write that lucidity is the closest wound from the sun? The more we are lucid about human condition, the harder it is to be happy. 

Lelouch says happiness is when troubles stop.

So, who is the happiest person on earth? It might be me but I’m not aware of it.

If you were President of the US, what would be your first reform?

I would get a haircut. And I would shorten my ties.

What do you need?

(Laughs). Love and fresh water.

What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars right now?

I would pay my debts.

Do you think your life is easier or more complicated than the life of your parents?

Much easier.

I have the chance not to have a boss and therefore not be at somebody else’s mercy.  I am lucky to earn a good living and I love my profession. That was not the case for my parents.

If you had to create a company, what would it be?

Mine. 

Can you draw something beautiful?

Wait, drawing is an art in its own right. I can draw something but I cannot guarantee it will be beautiful. (laughs).

What do you fear?

Death and old age.

What is your dream?

Getting old serenely. Avoid sickness, stay quick-witted and interested in everything. Interact with each other as long as possible.

Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?

Better that what is announced.  

What is the most beautiful thing that you have seen in your life?

It’s crazy how your survey is always restrictive. As if we were only seeing one beautiful thing in our life. There are ranges in which we can see beauty, with various and equivalent intensities. So just one thing… I don’t know. It’s hard to choose. Some things might refer to your professional life, some others to your personal life. Some that are so intimate that I can’t even tell you.  

 

If you had to write a book about today’s world, what would be the title?

I don’t know. First I need to write the content of the book and then care about the title. 

What does religion mean to you?

It’s something important. I am baptized but I was agnostic for a long time. Then a very good friend of mine brought me to Christianism. I am not practicing but it is important in my personal life. I started praying few years ago.  

Which of your country’s cultural specificity are you the proudest of?

The Human Rights, in their theoretical conception because their practical conception contains downsides.

 

If you could do any job, regardless of money, what would it be?

Lawyer.

If you had to describe our planet to someone coming from another planet, what would you say?

A satellite in a system called Solar system. The planet is precarious and dying because of the pollution and we should pay attention to it. The planet is populated by animals among which one race is different: the humans.  

I would maybe ask the alien if he likes wine.  

And you, which question would you like to ask the world? 

Who are you? It’s a good way to start isn’t it?