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Laurent Binet, France, Blockchains

French novelist Laurent Binet talks to Anne McElvoy about his novel The 7th Function of Language. Plus the election of Emmanuel Macron and a discussion about blockchain technology.

Anne McElvoy talks to the French novelist Laurent Binet about his playful novel The 7th Function of Language, inspired by the death of Roland Barthes which has won the Prix de la FNAC and Prix Interallié. Emile Chabal considers what's next for France and Europe after the election of Emmanuel Macron. Plus, why blockchains, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, have the potential to revolutionize the world economy. Or do they? Three experts - Ajit Tripathi, Colin Platt and Izabella Kaminska - discuss.

The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor, is out now.

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

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45 minutes

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Role Contributor
Presenter Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest Laurent Binet
Interviewed Guest Emile Chabal
Interviewed Guest Ajit Tripathi
Interviewed Guest Colin Platt
Interviewed Guest Izabella Kaminska
Producer Craig Templeton Smith

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