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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Muthyavan.   February 11th, 2010 6:13 pm ET

What has happen in Iran after the Islamic revolution in the last thirty one years is a solid victory for the general Iranians public. Though in the process of transformation of democracy from the clutches of a western backed mohnacky rule it went away right into the hands of a clergy led rule at that time. The gradual time process of democracy is changing Iran into a more people democracy little by little.

Iran also suffered very badly in its fight against the western backed Iraq aggression in recent times. Another important aspects of the spreading international struggle between Sia and Sunni is also creating an impression among average Iranians for the need of acquiring the present modern atomic weapon capabilities. Modern Iran has developed its own rich natural resources of supplying petroleum products to the world markets supporting all its recent developments.

France which is a world leader in fashions and modelling has its culture in conflict with its new immigrants in recent times. New immigrants to France has been contributing a huge share in building its economy strong. But accusation has started coming out from politicians about the way they dress reflecting their culture and religions. So some immigrants are coming under heavy pressure to change their way of life accordingly. It reminds me an old saying that when you go to Rome do as what Romans do.

Kelvin   February 11th, 2010 6:51 pm ET

Hi Hala,

I must admit, I like your interview with the french MP about the full-face veil. It was really interesting.

Karen   February 11th, 2010 7:01 pm ET

The Burqua: Why are we (in the west) even having a discussion about this? Would it be ok for the average citizen to go around wearing a ski mask or Halloween mask in public all year round? No! This is because we, the community, do have the right to know what the people around us look like. We need to be able to identify people, and in civil society we have a right to that protection and opportunity. As to people who insist on religious purity–their idea of it– there are a few places where they can steep themselves in islam and even be encouraged to wear the Burqua - like Afghanastan... If it were me, and I felt that strongly about it, I'd go where I was wanted ... I wouldn't stay where "my" religious views were disputed.

Will Brooker   February 11th, 2010 7:27 pm ET

FYI I am english and have been living and working in France for 3 yrs. You don't hear BBC, ITV, DW make these simple mistakes and CNN need to improve or get a better anchor person !

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