The call from Olivier Revol, chef de cabinet to the former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, hit me like a thunderbolt in a blue sky. The President has passed away. I knew he had not been in the best of health recently; that he had been admitted to hospital with heart problems. I’d called to wish him a speedy recovery and found him as brilliant as ever. He had until then enjoyed enviably good health for his 94 years, but not enough to resist the ravages of Covid.
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I know technology has transformed every area of our lives and work. These changes will probably be even harder to control. Which is precisely why, more than ever, we need the old sorcerers to work their magic.
"You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose…" we read in the magnificent and masterly story of The Little Prince. Roses and responsibility for others are also central to Jaeger-LeCoultre's A Rose for Emergency in support of the maternity hospital which the non-governmental organisation Emergency opened in 2003 in Anabah, Afghanistan.