A French colleague suggested I place a link to my account of my three-year experience as an (elected!) member of the pure mathematics section (section 25) of the Conseil National des Universités, whose role is to admit candidates to the national competition for positions, as well as to decide on promotions.
This doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the book, except maybe to show how the routine charisma of the French higher education establishment is apportioned (roughly) on the basis of democratic principles. I found that aspect of the experience genuinely appealing. But the job they had us doing — well, if you’re interested, you can read the details here. Some of the text consists of quotations in (easy) French, and if you can’t read French you’ll still get the gist by feeding the passages into an online translator.