Jean-François Revel (1924 - 2006) was a French journalist, author, and philosopher.
Revel does not confine his analysis to France. And he also gives warning to the West about the fragility of democracies. Nor does he feel that living in France has made him more sensitive to these issues. He speaks as a European. "I have always said that democracy is an abnormal political system. It's an exception. In Europe, people have always found it difficult to maintain a democracy."
Excerpt from Through Parisian Eye [PDF]