| Nicolas Baverez |
(lawyer, editor, journalist)
|Born||8 May 1961|
|Alma mater||École normale supérieure, Institut d'études politiques de Paris, Sorbonne, École nationale d'administration|
|Parents|| • Jean-Claude Baverez|
• Hélène Rubellin
|Member of||Bilderberg/Steering committee, Institut Montaigne|
|Interests|| • globalisation|
• shock therapy
Nicolas Baverez is a senior French civil servant, lawyer and member of the Bilderberg steering committee. A former student of the elite schools École normale supérieure and of the National School of Administration, he is a French proponent of transatlantic neoliberal globalization.
In his book La France qui tombe, published in 2003, he called on the French government to carry out a “liberal shock therapy” taking as a model the changes introduced in the United Kingdom by Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.
Early life and education
He entered the École normale supérieure in 1980. He obtained a diploma from the Institut d'études politiques de Paris in 1982, in history and social sciences from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. In 1986, he defended his doctoral thesis in history at the Sorbonne on the theme Unemployment and the unemployed in the 1930s. He joined the National School of Administration in 1986.
Baverez was appointed second class auditor at the Court of Auditors in 1988, then first class auditor in 1989. From 1993 to 1995, he was a member of the cabinet of Philippe Séguin, then president of the National Assembly, responsible for economic and social problems.
From 1995 to 1998 he was Director of Communication and Development at Fimalac, a French holding company focusing on on credit rating and risk management companies. Fimalac was founded by Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, a member of the Bilderberg steering committee during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
In 1998, he joined the Paris bar. He first became a lawyer at Salès, Vincent et Associés in 2001, then in 2002 at Franklin, Attalah, Baverez & Associés. In 2003, he became a partner at Brandford-Griffith & Associés, in charge of public economic law activity. In 2004, he left this firm for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, for whom he defended, among others, the French and British railway companies in the conflict between them and Eurotunnel.
Nicolas Baverez is a columnist for the daily Le Figaro and the weekly Le Point, he was for a long time for Les Échos and wrote for Le Monde. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the journal Commentary, of the international sponsorship committee of the journal American Politics and of the editorial board of the journal Géoéconomie. He is also treasurer of the Société des Amis de Raymond Aron
Nicolas Baverez denounces a relative decline of France compared to the rest of the world, which he believes is caused by the state's too strong and improper meddling in the economy and too heavy taxation. According to him, France remains the only developed country which is struggling to maintain the obsolete model of a closed and administered economy of the 1960.