Publication in the magazine « Le Parisien » MMA

Mixed martial arts competitions should soon arrive in France after having been banned for a long time because they were considered too violent. However, MMA already has its fan base and French practitioners. Report in Belgium, during a tough tournament. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the magazine « Wilfried » #8 François De Smet

Former cabinet minister to Hervé Hasquin and ex-director of Myria, the philosopher François De Smet does not forgive the MR for having made a pact with the N-VA: « There is nothing less liberal than governing with nationalists. He entered politics under the colours of Défi. As the head of the federal list, he advocates an immigration policy that does not just welcome the « resourceful » who manage to join Europe – the « neo-liberal » and « unjust » bias of a certain left, he accuses. Another injustice, he predicts in his essay « Eros capital », could have disturbing political consequences: that which strikes the excluded – the excluded? – of the love market. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the magazine « Axelle » Women’s football

A report on the women’s football in the world. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Exhibition on women’s football in Lyon, France

Exhibition on women’s football. My pictures are from a collective project. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the magazine « Wilfried » #7 Sven Mary

A bad reputation clings to his smooth skull as he defends mobsters and terrorists. Sven Mary is used to pleading difficult cases and defending controversial personalities. Since the Abdeslam trial, he has become the most talked-about lawyer in Belgium. The man who, as a teenager, dreamed of being Eric Cantona, looks back on twenty years at the bar. From Montesquieu to the Resistance and from the glory days of hooliganism
to the N-VA business, the criminal lawyer evokes the power of politics over justice, jihadist radicalisation and even the skulls of Philipp Plein. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the magazine « Wilfried » #5 There is no place like home

He is the most popular politician in Flanders, perhaps in Belgium, but also one of the most irritating – even in his own political party. His friends say he is a simple, jovial guy, a big party animal who likes deep house music, a fun-loving oddball who hangs out in the OHL supporters’ kop rather than in the club’s VIP boxes. HisHis enemies consider him a scumbag, a Nazi, an arsonist, the worst secretary of state in Belgian history. They all agree on one thing: the former boxer with the look of a para-commando likes to hit. So is Theo Francken human after all? © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the magazine « Nest » The call of the land

Nothing predestined them to work the land or raise livestock as a profession. By choice, they changed careers to become farmers and realise their dream. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the magazine « Apprentissage » The new chance school.

The Institut des métiers de la construction et de l’environnement (IMCE) is located   
Erquelinnes in Belgium, a commune in Hainaut straddling the Belgian and French borders. 220 students attend this school which offers specialised education. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the magazine « Wilfried » #2 Joe the taxi

Joe the taxi is the driver of the extreme right Flemish political party in Belgium, the N-VA, led by Bart De Wever. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the newspaper « La Libre Belgique » An irrepressible fever

Middle East. Fifty years after the Six-Day War, Israel continues to advance its position in the West Bank. The Palestinian population lives between resignation and intimidation. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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