• Le déclin...

    Chose promise chose due : comparatif en base 100 du nombre de postes ouverts #MCF (Université) vs CR (#CNRS) depuis 2001. Encore un peu d’avance pour l’Université : un modèle linéaire prédit 0 postes en 2030 contre 2050 pour le @CNRS

    . Pour les 2 ensembles on est à 2031 #TimeIsShort

    #université #France #it_has_begun (depuis bien lurette) #visualisation #postes #travail #MCF #graphique #visualisation #précarisation #statistiques #chiffres #recherche #CNRS

  • A Calais, la frontière tue ! In Calais, the border kills !


    Deaths at the Calais Border

    Uncountable lives are wasted and suffer at the hands of the Calais border regime. There is no accurate count of how many people have died. This is a list of people known in Calais or from news reports.

    For sure there will have been more, their deaths ignored, the facts covered up or altogether unreported. Many already go unnamed, without vigils and protests, without families or friends to advocate on their behalf.

    But we will never let these deaths be silenced. We will not forgive and we will never forget.

    These borders kill! One death is too many!


    #morts #décès #mourir_aux_frontières #Calais #France #frontières #Angleterre #UK #migrations #asile #réfugiés #base_de_données #database #liste #timeline #ligne_du_temps #mourir_dans_la_forteresse_Europe #visualisation #infographie #frise #frise_chronologique #time-line

    ping @reka @simplicissimus @karine4

    • Un article de février 2018

      The deadly roads into Calais

      Since 1999, an estimated 170 migrants desperately seeking a clandestine passage across the Channel to Britain have died in road accidents in and around the port of Calais in northern France, 37 of them since 2015. One former police officer said the situation became so grim “it was humanly impossible to pick up more bodies from the road”. One of the most recent victims was a 22-year-old Eritrean whose mutilated body was found on a motorway last month after he was run over by a truck whose driver fled the scene. Elisa Perrigueur reports from Calais, where she met with Biniam’s relatives as they prepared the return of his body home to north-east Africa.
      The temperature was below freezing point on a bleak dawn last month when Biniam’s remains were found near the port of Calais, lying on the smooth tarmac of the A16 motorway that runs parallel to the Channel coast. According to statements given to the police afterwards by those who knew him, Biniam L. (full last name withheld here), a 22-year-old Eritrean, had probably spent all night looking for a truck he could climb onto in the hope of smuggling his way to England.

      He was successful, at first. He had managed to mount one of them, hiding in its cargo hold, most certainly hoping, like so many others who attempt the same, that once it passed through the fortified perimeter of the port, which is surrounded by 39 kilometres of fencing, it would be one of the vehicles that occasionally escapes the heat scanners and sniffer-dog searches, first in Calais and then, after the brief sea passage, through the British port of Dover. With no ID documents and no baggage, just the clothes he would hope could adequately keep out the biting cold.

      But on that early morning of January 9th this year, his plan went horribly wrong. The truck he had hidden in did not turn off the motorway into Calais, but instead continued its route eastwards. The young man must have panicked when he realised the fact, for he tried to jump from the truck onto the motorway despite the speeding traffic. According to members of the local French migrant aid association, l’Auberge des migrants, who spoke to police afterwards, Biniam landed on his head and was run over by another truck following behind. But neither vehicle stopped, and there remains doubt over the exact circumstances of his final moments.

      Between December 2017 and January this year two other migrants, 15-year-old Abdullah Dilsouz and Hussein Abdoullah, 32, both Afghan nationals, lost their lives in accidents on the roads around Calais. “Since 2015, there have been 37 migrants who have died in [and around] Calais,” said a spokesperson for the local prefecture. “The highest number date back to 2015 and 2016, the great majority are road accidents.” In 2015, the death toll reached 18, followed by 14 in 2016.

      Maël Galisson, a coordinator for the network of associations in the region providing aid for migrants, the Plate-forme de services aux migrants, has carried out research to establish the number of victims over the past almost 20 years and, where possible, to record their identities. “Since 1999, we estimate that at least 170 people have died while trying to cross this frontier area,” he said. The majority of road accidents occur on the stretches of the A16 and A26 motorways close to Calais, and the ring road into the port centre.

      The day after his death, Biniam’s brother Bereket, 26, arrived in Calais from Germany, accompanied by a cousin and uncle who had travelled from Norway. “He had no ‘dream’ as people put it, he just wanted a country where he was accepted,” said Bereket, who said he had difficulty believing the news that his brother, who he said was “so young to die”, had been killed in a road accident, which he received in a phone call from a friend.

      Bereket said he was not aware of the daily reality of the migrants in Calais, the road blocks migrants mount to try and slow traffic and the clandestine crossings in trucks. In his case, he had crossed to Europe by boat across the Mediterranean Sea. Biniam, he explained, had left the family village in Eritrea, north-east Africa, one-and-a-half years ago, to escape conscription into the army. At one point, he joined up with his brother Bereket in Germany, where the latter had been granted residence. “I obtained [official residency] papers close to Stuttgart and today I work in Germany, I had begun to have a stable life,” recounted Bereket. “His asylum demand was rejected, I don’t understand why.” Biniam had re-applied a second time for right of asylum, but was again turned down. It was after that, in November, that he set off for Calais, where between 550 and 800 migrants – according to figures respectively from the prefecture and the migrant aid associations – live rough, mostly in surrounding woodland.

      The few friends of Biniam who Bereket met with in Calais were little forthcoming about his time there. Loan Torondel of the Auberge des migrants association, which had offered Biniam shelter, said he was never seen at the daily distribution of meals. “A month here is not very long for finding a truck,” he said. “Often, migrants spend months before succeeding, for those who manage to.”

      During his visit to Calais on February 2nd, French interior minister Gérard Collomb, hoping to dissuade migrants from gathering there, described the frontier point as “a wall” and “a mirage”. But from the beach, the migrants can see the English coast, where some have family and friends they hope to join, in a country with lower unemployment than in France and where finding work, undeclared, is easier. Others say they would stay in France but fear that, if they engaged in the official procedures, because their fingerprints are registered in the first European Union (EU) country they reached before travelling to France they would be sent back there, in accordance with the regulations of the EU’s so-called Dublin Agreement.

      The victims are often young men’

      For the migrants hoping to cross to Britain from Calais there are few options in how to do so. The British government has handed France about 140 million euros over the past three years to part fund the increased security measures at the port, which is the frontier point before departure for the English coast. On January 18th, at a summit meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, London announced that it was to provide a further 50.5 million euros, for a further beefing up of security and for establishing a centre for migrants at a site distanced from the town.

      For the migrants who can afford their fees, one option is to use the services of people smugglers. They charge between 1,500 euros and 10,000 euros per person for a clandestine passage in a truck, operating out of vehicle parks which they reign over as their own territory. Clashes which broke out in Calais on February 1st between Afghan and Eritrean migrants, which left 22 needing medical treatment, including four teenagers wounded by gunfire, appear to have been linked to turf wars between people smugglers.

      Others try blocking trucks on the approach roads to the port, operating in small groups to lay down obstacles to slow or even halt the vehicles in order to jump on. The method is a dangerous one, for both the migrants and the drivers. In June 2017, the polish driver of a truck died after his vehicle crashed into another truck that was blocked by migrants on the A16 motorway, burned alive in his cabin.

      Then there are those, and who probably included Biniam, who try to mount the vehicles on their own. Eupui is a 19-year-old migrant from Cameroun, in West Africa, and has lived since 2016 on the ‘Dunes’ industrial zone of the port, the site of the notorious and now razed migrant camp known as “the Jungle”. His solitary sorties to find a truck that would take him across the Channel somehow allow him “to keep going”, he told Mediapart. “I sleep three hours and then I try,” he said. “As soon as I see a truck that isn’t going too fast, even a car, I see if I can get into the boot.” He said he hides “near the bends of the motorways” because vehicles reduce speed there. “I’m not afraid, I’ve lived much worse,” he added. “I crossed the Sahara in horrible conditions to come here. I have nothing left to lose. I’ve injured my knee, but never mind.”

      Biniam’s brother Bereket said his brother did not realise the danger in the risks he was taking. “I spoke to him three weeks before he died,” said Bereket. “He told me that everything was fine for him in France. But he lied to me, he didn’t tell me he was at Calais. If I had known, I would have told him to get out of this dangerous place.”

      Bereket said he was “disappointed” by what he saw on this, his first trip to France. He has been supported by local charitable associations, including the Réveil voyageur and the Secours catholique, who usually look after relatives of those who have died. “You don’t see many officials, politicians, as if Biniam’s death had no importance,” he said bitterly.

      “The associations have been managing this for years,” said Sabriya Guivy from the Auberge des migrants group. “When relatives arrive in Calais they are disappointed at not seeing many officials. They have the impression that they are not taken into account. Mr Macron referred to the death of the Polish driver, but not that of migrants,” she added, referring to a speech by the French president during his visit to Calais on January 16th.

      Undertaker Brahim Fares, based in nearby Grande-Synthe, says he charges a “lower than average” price to migrant families out of solidarity. “The dead are repatriated to Afghanistan for between about 3,400-3,500 euros, depending on the weight and the size,” he detailed. “For Eritrea, it begins at around 3,200 euros. Burials in Calais are about 1,600 euros, as opposed to a usual 2,400 euros.” Since 2015, Fares says he has organised the return home of about 15 bodies of migrants, and also the burials of about the same number in the north Calais cemetery managed by the Town Hall. The burial spots are simple ones, covered in earth and marked by crosses made of oak. “The victims are often young men, almost all of them identified,” he added. “I once had an Ethiopian woman. Not all the families can come all the way here. Those who manage to are very shocked, because the bodies are sometimes very damaged, as those in road accidents are.”

      Fares was given charge of Biniam’s body, which he recalled had “the hands cut off, the arms smashed up”. The corpse will be returned to Eritrea, where his parents live. Bereket, with his uncle and cousin, made up a large wreath of plastic flowers. “It’s really not so good but we had only that,” he said. But at the hospital in Lille where the body was placed in the coffin, they were told that they could not place the wreath on top of it, nor the white drape they had wanted to cover it with, according to their custom. “The airport authorities will end up throwing the wreath away, it’s not allowed in the hold,” Fares explained to them. After a poignant moment of silence, they asked him why it would be so complicated to do so.

      Biniam’s relatives spent two weeks attempting to find out the exact circumstances of what happened to him. At the police station in Calais, they were shown a photo of his injured face. Members of the motorway patrol police gave them the few details they had, which were the approximate time of the accident, a statement from a witness who had not seen very much, and the fact that the driver of the truck that ran over Biniam had fled the scene. “France is a developed country […] so why can’t the driver who did that be found?” asked Bereket. “Even in Eritrea we’d have found the killer of my brother.”

      Loan Torondel of the association l’Auberge des migrants said he had seen similar outrage by relatives before. “Many don’t understand why their close family member died under a lorry and that the driver did not act voluntarily,” he said. “Biniam’s family thought that there would be the launch of an investigation, like in American films. They think that the police is not [bothered into] carrying out an investigation, but in reality there are few witnesses.”

      Meanwhile, Bereket has lodged an official complaint over his brother’s death “against persons unknown”, explaining: “I won’t be able to sleep as long as I don’t know how he died, and while the person responsible is free.”

      ’It’s incredible that nobody saw anything’

      While the police systematically open investigations into the road deaths of migrants, they are often complex, beginning with the identification of the victim. Patrick Visser-Bourdon, a former Calais-based police detective, recalled the death of a Sudanese migrant whose body was found one morning in 2016 close to the port’s ring road, with “the head opened, abandoned, wearing a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt”.

      During his enquiries, Visser-Bourdon approached the head of the Sudanese community of migrants living in the camp known as “the Jungle”, but nobody recognised the body. “We also put out his photo in the police stations,” he said. “In the majority of such cases, we mostly called on the NGOs for help.” As in the case of Biniam, the driver of what was apparently a truck that had hit the Sudanese man had not stopped. “There was blood on the road, there was necessarily some on the bumpers of the truck,” said Visser-Bourdon. “The driver therefore must have stopped his vehicle at some point to clean it, between the Jungle and the port. It’s incredible that nobody saw anything.”

      Sabriya Guivy from the Auberge des migrants group added that because some local sections of the motorways are unlit, “It is entirely possible to not realise that one has hit someone and to carry on”.

      A section of the numerous investigations into such events end up being closed, unsolved. Someone who is charged with involuntary homicide in France faces a sentence of three years in prison, and up to five years in jail in the case of aggravating circumstances such as fleeing the scene. “Sometimes, some of them don’t remain at the scene of the accident, notably in the case of dangerous [migrant] road blocks, but they go directly to present themselves to the police,” said Pascal Marconville, public prosecutor of the nearby port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, whose services have jurisdiction for events in Calais. “In that case, it’s regarded more as a hit-and-run offence which is exonerated by the circumstances.”

      Patrick Visser-Bourdon said he had welcomed the building of a wall surrounding the ring road in 2016 aimed at deterring migrants from the traffic. “It was humanly impossible to pick up more bodies from the road,” he said.



      En français :
      A Calais, les routes de la mort pour les migrants

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    Jail time for tech companies who steal your data

    Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has put together a new bill that would actually lead to some of the biggest tech leaders in the United States facing serious legal consequences, including jail time, if… Article word count: 1117

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    Democratic Senator [1]Ron Wyden has put together a new bill that would actually lead to some of the biggest tech leaders in the United States facing serious legal consequences, including jail time, if their companies steal and sell user data, or allow a massive data (...)

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    If time is a river, the Histomap, created by John B. Sparks and first published by Rand McNally back in 1931, is a raging Mississippi. In that massive river of time, each of humanity’s great civilizations becomes a confluence that ebbs, wanes, and sometimes ebbs again, each a separate current in a river that inexorably rages down to the mouth of the present day.

  • The misunderstood 15 hour work week of John Maynard Keynes

    The misunderstood 15 hour workweek of John Maynard KeynesThe promised 15 hour workweek came, but no one noticed it.John Maynard Keynes (1883–1946)In 1930, British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technological change and productivity improvements would eventually lead to a 15 hour workweek. But today most of the people still work 40 hours or more per week.So what happened or did something happen?I bet most of you haven’t heard of this prediction before. Why? Well because most people would say that John Maynard Keynes was wrong. Since, when you look around you see that most people are not anywhere close to 15 hour workweek, even 40 hour workweek is seen as luxury, and the reality is being somewhere around 50 hours. Right? No, Wrong.That’s not how to verify a theoryLet’s take an (...)

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  • Airbus Artificial Intelligence Challenges
    AI Gym

    Open: 18 Oct 2018 | Closed: 01 Jun 2019
    2 months ago

    Interested parties ranging from established companies, start-ups, research labs, schools or individuals, can express their
    interest to register to the challenge by email to timeserieschallenge.request@airbus.com anytime till end of 2018.

    Technologies at the intersection of #Artificial_Intelligence and #Internet_of_Things / #Big_Data are pushing the boundaries of the state of the art in #Time_Series_Analysis and #Predictive_Maintenance.

    #AIRBUS is launching this scientific challenge on anomaly detection in time series data in order to:
    ● scout for top players in the field of Time Series Analysis
    ● encourage the research community to tackle the specific issues of related to the data generated by the aerospace industry during tests and in operations.

    Data collected from our platforms is mostly considered normal. Due to the high quality of our products and of aerospace context, the occurrence of faults and failures is very rare, and we cannot afford to wait for reaching hundreds of new fault types to be able to identify and anticipate them. We are interested in unexpected changes in the behavior of the systems we monitor and have a rapid reaction time in analyzing suspect behavior.

    We set up a three stage challenge to benchmark unsupervised detection algorithms, based on three use cases:

    1) Business Domain : Helicopters // number of input sensors : 1 // Sampling Frequency : 1000Hz // expected output : classify sequence as OK / KO

    2) Business Domain : Satellites // number of input sensors : 30 // Sampling Frequency : 1000Hz // expected output : classify sequence as OK / KO

    3) Business Domain : Commercial Aircraft // number of context sensors: 81 // number of sensors for anomaly detection: 9 // Sampling Frequency: 8Hz // expected output : identify anomalous time windows on sensors of interest

    We welcome all and every working technical approaches, ranging from statistics (eg. SCP) to more
    established machine learning techniques (eg. Isolation Forest) to modern AI (eg. Deep Learning LSTM).

    The challenge will officially start beginning 2019 with a first training phase on Q1 2019. The second phase will be a shorter evaluation on Q2 2019. A restitution workshop is going to be organised in June 2019.

    #AI #IoT

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    Au cours des dernières années, la rhétorique violente utilisée dans les médias sociaux a trop souvent débordé dans la vie réelle. Après le harcèlement de Julie Bindel et de la Working Class Movement Library, l’agression physique de Maria Maclachlan et l’utilisation récente de tactiques de « port de masques » pour contrer une assemblée féministe à Bristol, nous trouvons horrifiantes les méthodes d’intimidation et d’agression dirigées contre Rosa Freedman, spécialiste des droits de la personne (et enseignante à l’Université de Reading qui a reçu des menaces de mort et de viol et dont on a uriné sur la porte de son bureau).

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  • US Is Net Oil Exporter for First Time in 75 Years (https://www.bloo...

    US Is Net Oil Exporter for First Time in 75 Years

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  • Des polices pour détecter la contrefaçon
    Jeanne Corriveau - 8 août 2018 - Le Devoir _

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    Le « Rathergate »
    La police Times New Roman a elle aussi été mêlée à une controverse politique. En 2004, le journaliste #Dan_Rather, de l’émission 60 minutes, diffusée sur #CBS, avait présenté en ondes des documents qui semblaient démontrer que le président américain George W. Bush avait pu bénéficier d’un traitement de faveur pour être affecté à la Garde nationale du Texas dans les années 1970 et, du même coup, échapper à la guerre du #Vietnam. Il s’agissait de rapports internes du colonel Jerry Killian, mort en 1984, qui dirigeait l’escadron de la Garde du Texas.

    La veuve du colonel Killian, de même que plusieurs blogueurs et médias ont mis en doute l’authenticité du document, relevant diverses incongruités, dont l’utilisation de fontes dites proportionnelles, par opposition à celles de taille fixe, ainsi que la présence des caractères « th » mis en exposant dans « 111 th » ou « 147 th ». Les machines à écrire des années 1970 étaient-elles en mesure de produire de telles fontes ? Selon divers experts, le document en question semblait plutôt avoir été réalisé par ordinateur avec la police Times New Roman, offerte avec le logiciel Word de Microsoft. L’affaire a embarrassé CBS.

    Dan Rather a par la suite présenté ses excuses et quitté ses fonctions.

    L’univers numérique
    Calibri et Times New Roman ont deux points en commun : non seulement se sont-elles retrouvées au centre de controverses, mais elles ont toutes deux été lancées dans l’univers numérique comme police par défaut dans le logiciel Word de Microsoft, la Calibri ayant délogé son aînée en 2007. Mais alors que la Calibri a à peine 10 ans d’âge, la création de la Times New Roman remonte à 1931.

    Cette police de caractères avait été commandée auprès du typographe Stanley Morison par le quotidien britannique Times. Stanley Morison fit appel à l’artiste Victor Lardent, qui dessina cette police de caractères. Inspirée des fontes Plantin et Perpetua, la police Times New Roman, dotée d’empattements, est étroite, ce qui permet de corder plus de mots dans une ligne. Un avantage pour les journaux. Elle est aussi vantée pour sa lisibilité.

    Conçue pour la presse écrite et largement utilisée dans l’édition, la police Times New Roman a connu une seconde vie dans l’espace numérique. Mais une telle gloire a ses revers. Surexposée et omniprésente, elle rappelle à certains leurs travaux scolaires. D’autres diront qu’elle est fade, sans émotion et qu’elle dénote la paresse de l’auteur qui ne se serait pas donné la peine de chercher une autre police plus originale et plus proche de sa personnalité.

    Jamais à la mode
    Le designer graphique Denis Dulude reconnaît que la police Times New Roman n’est guère prisée par les professionnels de la typographie et du graphisme. « Elle est un peu mal-aimée. À l’époque où elle est arrivée, elle venait dans la boîte. Beaucoup de gens l’avaient utilisée pour faire des lettres et des logos qui n’étaient pas nécessairement faits par des designers graphiques. Elle n’a jamais été à la mode. Pour cette raison, on a peut-être été un peu frileux avec cette police. »

    Denis Dulude a toutefois osé utiliser Times New Roman pour un projet de catalogue de photos. Or, il y a mis sa touche personnelle en retirant de tous les « S » majuscules l’empattement du bas. « Je me la suis appropriée en faisant ma propre version. J’ai aussi brisé un peu l’espacement entre les lettres pour qu’elle soit un peu plus maladroite et saccadée. C’est la seule façon que j’ai trouvée pour être à l’aise avec cette police », admet-il.

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  • La typographie du mal _ Stéphane Baillargeon - 16 Aout 2018 - Le Devoir

    Les polices de caractères ont souvent une histoire étonnante dans laquelle s’entremêlent enjeux graphiques, économiques et sociopolitiques. Dernier texte d’une série estivale consacrée au sujet.

    Le traitement de texte Word, de très, très loin le plus populaire du monde, propose des dizaines de polices de caractères — le Brunel Poster, le Tahoma, le Verdana et l’Optima —, mais pas le gothique, qui ne fait pas partie du lot de base. Normal. Qui en voudrait ? Qui s’en servirait ? Ce que les Anglais appellent la « black letter » et les Allemands, l’écriture brisée ou fracturée (Gebrochene Schrift ou Frakturschrift) a pratiquement disparu de l’usage courant.

    La typo caractéristique, avec ses arcs rompus, ne survit que dans les logos d’anciennes compagnies (Seagram) et de très vieux journaux (The New York Times), sur les pochettes de disque de groupes de musique métal et les écussons de clubs de méchants motards.

    C’est un peu beaucoup la faute aux nazis. Le gothique est sorti exsangue de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, mais pas exactement pour les raisons que l’on pourrait croire. Les virages abrupts ne manquent pas avec cette manière d’écrire…

    En Allemagne, les caractères de l’écriture fracturée (la Fraktur en allemand) ont été en concurrence avec l’écriture dite latine ou antique (l’Antiqua) bien avant 1933. L’opposition reposait sur des fondements politico-idéologiques multicentenaires.

    Sur son passionnant site http://j.poitou.free.fr/pro/html/ltn/gothique-a.html consacré aux langages, aux écritures et aux typographies, le professeur d’études germaniques Jacques Poitou rappelle que Luther exigeait les lettres gothiques pour sa traduction en allemand de la bible, laissant les formes latines aux textes en latin. Gutenberg a donc imprimé en Textura http://www.gutenbergdigital.de/bibel.html# (une variante gothique du XIVe siècle) ses premiers exemplaires du Livre.

    Au contraire, les frères Grimm, pourtant folkloristes à souhait, n’avaient que de mauvais mots pour cette typographie dite nationale. Ils la trouvaient « informe et laide », « dégénérée et sans goût ».

    Les Allemands parlent de la Schriftenstreit ou de l’Antiqua-Fraktur-Streit. Cette querelle (Streit) s’est amplifiée après l’unification de l’Allemagne à la fin du XIXe siècle.

    Pour les nationalistes, l’Antiqua « vide et creuse » symbolisait tout ce qui était étranger. La « profondeur » de la Fraktur devenait une spécificité nationale. Otto von Bismarck aurait refusé un livre qui n’était pas publié en gothique.

    Au contraire, une société pour l’ancienne écriture (Verein für Altschrift) a tenté à partir de 1885 de favoriser dans l’empire allemand l’expansion de l’écriture latine dominante dans le monde depuis la Renaissance. L’ancienne manière était à l’évidence la plus moderne. Le Reichtag a voté contre cette proposition en 1911.

    Une révolution culturelle
    Les nazis ont plongé dans la controverse politicotypographique. Dans un essai récent intitulé La révolution culturelle nazie (Gallimard), l’historien Johann Chapoutot expose la cohérence intellectuelle et rationnelle du projet hitlérien. Cette révolution conservatrice préconise un retour aux origines en s’appuyant sur les notions de la race, du sang et de la terre.

    Dans cette conception du monde, la communauté prime l’individu et la lutte pour la préservation du peuple germanique se fait en préservant les traits intrinsèques fantasmés tout en combattant à mort les supposées menaces extérieures biologiques, intellectuelles ou culturelles. Tous les éléments de la vie passent au tamis sombre, de l’histoire à la géographie, de l’art à l’éthique. Le professeur Chapoutot cite le juriste nazi Hans Frank qui modifie l’impératif catégorique universel de Kant avec cette formule : « Agis de telle sorte que le Führer, s’il prenait connaissance de ton acte, l’approuverait. »

    L’écriture est donc aussi enrôlée dans la révolution culturelle. Le gothique est célébré comme distinction graphique du peuple aryen. Les SS en pincent aussi pour l’alphabet runique. L’État militaire et totalitaire a trouvé sa police. Un décret de 1934 interdit aux éditeurs juifs d’utiliser la Fraktur. Le nombre d’ouvrages en allemand imprimés dans cette fonte passe de 5 % avant 1933 à près de 50 % en 1935. Mein Kampf, livre programmatique du Führer, est publié avec les caractères fracturés.

    Cette position change radicalement après le début de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Les nazis se rendent à l’évidence que le reste de l’Europe utilise l’Antiqua. La propagande doit donc délaisser la Fraktur pour rejoindre les peuples conquis, habitués aux styles latins depuis des siècles.

    Dès mars 1940, Berlin décide que les publications préparées pour le Reich doivent se faire dans l’antique manière. Le 3 janvier 1941, la chancellerie publie un décret décrivant le gothique comme une « écriture juive », une de ses versions datant du Moyen Âge, la Schwabacher.

    Le 10 janvier, un communiqué de presse explique ainsi la décision : « Un peuple qui a l’ambition d’être une puissance mondiale doit avoir une écriture qui permette à tous les peuples d’étudier la langue allemande, sans qu’une prétendue écriture nationale les en empêche. »

    Le pouvoir interdit aussi aux écoles d’enseigner la Sütterlin, une forme cursive dérivée de la Fraktur. Cette calligraphie inventée en Prusse en 1915 est remplacée par la Normalschrift, en fait la cursive latine qu’apprennent encore les écoliers allemands, comme tous les Européens.

    Dans les faits, le virage idéologico-typographique n’empêche pas le gothique de continuer une partie de sa vie enténébrée dans le IIIe Reich, bien qu’à moindre échelle. Der Stürmer, torchon antisémite de Julius Streicher, condamné du procès de Nuremberg, est publié avec les fontes cassantes jusqu’à son dernier exemplaire en 1945. D’autres journaux, comme le Berliner Morgenpost, mélangent les deux caractères : les titres en Fraktur et les sous-titres en Antiqua.

    L’Allemagne conquise va poursuivre un temps dans cette situation de « double écriture ». Dans les zones occupées, les consignes alliées s’affichent en style latin tandis que le nom des rues demeure en gothique. À la longue, la Fraktur a toutefois pris un sens folklorique, par exemple en publicité pour exprimer une idée de tradition. Une seule lettre a réussi son transfert d’une manière à l’autre, le eszett (ß), équivalent d’un double S.

    Pour le reste, la vieille police quasi millénaire ne s’est pas remise de l’association ambiguë avec le régime totalitaire. Dans l’imaginaire occidental, le gothique est en partie devenu la typographie du mal…

    _ D’une écriture à l’autre
    Le théologien Alcuin (mort en 804) encouragea la copie de nombreux manuscrits en utilisant une nouvelle écriture cursive ronde et régulière, la minuscule Caroline (nommée en l’honneur de l’empereur Charlemagne), qui s’imposa vite dans toute l’Europe. L’écriture gothique et ses tracés anguleux entrent en concurrence à partir du tournant de l’an 1000. Elle imite, ou en tout cas rappelle, l’arc brisé en architecture et devient l’écriture moyenâgeuse par excellence. Plusieurs manières gothiques se succèdent : primitive (jusqu’au XIIIe siècle) ; textura (XIIIe et XIVe siècles) ; rotunda (XIVe et XVe) ; bâtarde ou Schwabacher (XVe siècle) ; puis Fraktur (XVIe), qui va finir par désigner tous les gothiques allemands par opposition aux écritures latines (ou Antiqua). En langue allemande, tous ces styles sont des écritures brisées (Gebrochen Schriften), tandis que seule la textura est désignée comme « Gothische Schrift ».

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