” Humor is an art in politics, and our laureate, who practices it himself with flair, grace, and quality, here provides us with a fairly complete and hilarious inventory of retorts and good words collected throughout his career in this field. Irony, laughter and humor were often weapons, sometimes even weapons of resistance, frequently used by politicians to destabilize an adversary, avoid responding to a journalist, convince and seduce public opinion. De Gaulle, Mitterrand, Chirac were masters in this field », greets the French-Belgian jury of the Maison de l’Humour de Cluny.
The editor’s summary for When politicians made us laugh :
Humor is an art in politics. The author, who himself practices it with talent, gives us a hilarious inventory of replies and good words that he has been collecting throughout his career. Humor is an art in politics. Jean-Louis Debré, who practices it himself with great talent, gives us a hilarious anthology of replies and good words collected throughout his career. Irony and humor were weapons frequently used by politicians to destabilize an adversary, avoid responding to a journalist, and convince and seduce public opinion.
De Gaulle, Mitterrand, Chirac were masters in this field. In Parliament, a well-chiseled, forceful, laugh-provoking little sentence hits the audience better than a long speech. Thus, Georges Clemenceau launching: “You are not the good Lord! » to Jean Jaurès who replies: « And you, you’re not even the devil! » And Clemenceau answered: « What do you know? The deputy André Santini hit the mark one day with this irresistible phrase about the primacy of the Gauls: “Monsignor Decourtray did not understand anything about condoms.
The proof: it puts it in the index! These insights are usually highly effective, but it can also happen that the arguments used by the speakers make people laugh at their expense. Like this deputy who complained that in his department there were only three slaughterhouses… a very “insufficient” number for two hundred thousand inhabitants. Through this book, which is full of anecdotes and sights, the author shows to what extent humor is a symptom of good health in our democratic life.
“Not so long ago, we could laugh at everything,” he recalls, regretting that today is no longer the case. Fortunately, Jean-Louis Debré persists and signs, as for him, in the register of the good word, the mockery of himself and the verbal protrusion. a delight
Every year, the Maison du Rire et de l’Humour awards its two prizes, the Resistance Humor Prize and the Resistance Humor Book Prize, which are awarded to natural or legal persons or groups of natural or legal persons and literary works.
The 2022 Resistance Humor Grand Prix was jointly awarded to Guillaume Clayssen, companion of the “Tournée Générale” festival since its origins in 2019, director, actor and associate professor of philosophy. It also goes to Erwan Ferrier, a circus artist, whose specialty is acrobatics, but who also handles the verb with great singularity, delicacy and humor.
Find the list of French and Francophone literary prizes
Photography: Jean-Louis Debré in 2014 (Iraber75, CC BY SA 4.0)