February 11, 2010
Posted: 1607 GMT
On this 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Idesk in Paris will be focusing on what is happening on the streets of Tehran.
We will be talking to Amir Taheri, a journalist in Iran when the revolution happened, who fled the country with his French wife and two daughters and settled in Europe. We will be talking to him live in the French capital.
Taheri says that Iran has undergone a major social revolution in the last generation, but hasn't changed politically at the highest levels of government. He adds that the political structure "doesn't reflect the reality of Iran's social structure."
Can change happen gradually? What does the government's nuclear strategy and internal repression mean for the future?
We will be covering all angles of the Iran story.
Today, we are still live in France as part of our special iList coverage. I taped a half hour panel discussion this morning with some big French players: Air France-KLM CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, former astronaut Claudie Haignere, Axa Private Equity CEO Dominique Senequier and journalist Ahmed Al-Kheiy.
I wanted to focus the discussion as much as what France will become in the next generation as on what is happening now. Of course, we spoke of France's image abroad and how French business isn't always seen as efficient or flexible. We spoke of France's minorities and whether they are truly included in the national debate.
As France is debating what it means to be French in a series of commissions and public discussions, what is French culture today?
By the way, it's interesting that our i List week coincided with the hot topic issue of banning the burqa, the full face veil some Muslim women wear. We will be speaking with French politician Jean-Francois Cope, who is in favor of banning the burqa.
And in late breaking news: we will bring you the full story of the presumed suicide of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. He was only forty years old and a precocious wild child of fashion.
See you at the IDesk,
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