The Cercle de l'Oratoire
for "Oratory Circle") is a French think tank
created a short time after the September 11, 2001 attacks
. Since 2006, it edits a journal, Le Meilleur des mondes
. The Circle is led by the journalist Michel Taubmann
, who is also in charge of the news at Arte
-Paris, and of his wife Florence, a pastor
at the Temple de l'oratoire du Louvre
and vice-president of the Amitié judéo-chrétienne
group (Judeo-Christian Friendship). Many of its members (André Glucksmann
, Pascal Bruckner
, Romain Goupil
, etc.) and the Meilleur des mondes
journal supported the US invasion of Iraq
, a minority viewpoint in France.
Le Meilleur des mondes
The journal Le Meilleur des mondes is published by the éditions Denoël and headed by Michel Taubmann. It has multiplied interventions in support of the Untied States following 9/11, and launched a first petition in favor of United Nations's intervention in Afghanistan . Two years later, it published another petition in Le Figaro supporting the US invasion of Iraq .
This journal has been qualified by parts of the French media as the "Voice of America" or as a gathering point of French neoconservatives (néo-conservateurs à la française) . The journal, however, recuses these labels, and presents itself as "anti-totalitarian" and considers radical Islam as a "real danger". It also claims that "there has never been so much anti-Jewish propaganda."
- Several intellectuals such as André Glucksmann and Pascal Bruckner
- Film makers such as Romain Goupil, Jacques Tarnero and Raphaël Glucksmann
- Historians such as Stéphane Courtois, Max Lagarrigue and Ilios Yannakakis.
- Mohammed Abdi, secretary general of the NGO Ni Putes Ni Soumises
- Jacky Mamou, former President of Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World),
- Pierre-André Taguieff, research director at the CNRS
- Thérèse Delpech, director of strategic affairs at the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA) and researcher at the CERI Institute
- Bruno Tertrais, former director of the civil affairs commission at the NATO Assembly and also a CERI researcher
- Frédéric Encel, a geopolitist specialist of the Middle East
- Antonio Elorza, a political sciences professor at the University of Madrid
- Writers Olivier Rolin and Marc Weitzmann
- Journalists Cécilia Gabizon, specialist of Islam issues at the Figaro newspaper, Elisabeth Schemla, founder of the website proche-orient.info, Antoine Vitkine, journalist at Arte TV, Jean-Luc Mouton, director of the Protestant weekly Réforme, Violaine de Marsangy, a freelance journalist and former responsible of logistics for the NGO Action contre la faim in North Korea and Indonesia, Claire Brière-Blanchet
- Lawyer Michel Laval.