Paris, FRANCE - Writer


Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle​ in January 2017

Jacques Attali is a French intellectual, writer, conductor, and advisor to several Presidents of the Republic. He also founded and manage the international NGO Positive Planet.

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

Exactly what I’m doing now, writer 


With whom would you like to have a coffee?  

Woody Allen, because I don’t know him 


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



To you, what’s that main characteristic that all human being have in common?  



To you, who is the happiest person on earth?  

As I do not know the 8 billion inhabitants of the planet, I do not know who the happiest man in the world is. 


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

As we speak today, it would be to accept the outcome of the COP21 (interview made in January 2017) 


What do you need?  



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

If it is given to me with no relation to my work, I would immediately distribute it to NGOs 

Which innovation, realistic or not, would greatly ease your day-to-day life?

To have 36-hour days 


What are you afraid of?  

To be afraid 


What is your dream?  

I don’t have dreams I only have projects 


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

I see a very happy world that has gone through a terrible cataclysm. It has finally understood the need for humanity to be harmonious and that it can survive only if united. 


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

It is probably Band-e Amir which is a natural site in the Himalayas, Afghanistan. It's the most beautiful natural site I've seen 


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

“Vivement après-demain”, it is the book that I have just published.  


Who is God for you? 

Every one of us 


Which of your country's cultural specificities are you the proudest of?

Universalism. That fact that we consider some values as universal, and that these values are mostly French values such as human rights, equality, freedom, fraternity, the sense of beauty, the sense of rationality... A whole series of universal values. 


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

I have always worked regardless of money. The jobs that I would do are thus the ones that I am doing today. Writer, conductor, head of an international institution... I have never worked for money, even if I earn some. 


If you had to explain our planet to an alien what would you say?  

8 billion people who just wish to find a good reason to live together 


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

Please wake up