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Pelerin: “I would have a thousand questions for Pope Francis”

A good reason to get up every morning?
Those I love. And what I love. Not to mention the smell of coffee in the kitchen.

What makes you angry?
The results of the American presidential election and the British referendum on Europe.

What makes you afraid?
That and the next presidential election in France.

Your cure for depression?
The London parks, the ‘banana matcha’ cake served in the cafe downstairs, an hour of yoga, peanut butter, drawings by British illustrator Quentin Blake, a dinner with my loved ones. But also a bookstore, go see the sea, dance late at night, spend too much time in a Photomaton.

A gesture of love?
Small words or large declarations slipped under the pillow.

What would you like to change in you?
My indecision.

If you were to do another trade, would that be?
I would have loved being a photographer or knowing how to light a movie.

What is on your bedside table?
Several books: The Argonauts, from the American Maggie Nelson; M Train, singer Patti Smith; And The first time I was born, by Vincent Cuvellier, a book for the little ones. But also the balm of the tiger, a radio and too much Half-drunk water bottles.

The music that makes you vibrate?
The last album, magical, of the Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, appeared a few days before his death (Editor’s note: November 7th).

Your currency ?
“I know only one duty and that is to love!. Thank you, Albert Camus.

Your favorite word?
“Crumbs”. But it is also a way to swear a little childish and completely charming.

Your everyday hero?
My mother.

What is left in you of the child that you were?
Almost all. Finally, I hope…

If you had a magic wand, what dream would you realize?
I would create a benevolent world.

You have a five-minute appointment with Pope Francis. What topic are you talking about?
Five minutes, only? I would have a thousand questions to ask him, but I would start by mentioning St. Francis of Assisi whose history touches me particularly and whose name he chose to take.

For you, Jesus is …
An exciting historical figure.

“Praying” rhymes with …
To accompany.

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