The views of an emeritus professor of chemistry at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse and an outgoing president of French Chemical Society (SFC), Armand Lattes, during the 150th anniversary of the company on the consideration of French society towards chemistry is described. Inspite of several splits in SFC, it still remains the largest French chemical society with a membership of about 4,000. Lattes personally would like to see the country regain the momentum and excitement for chemistry that existed when SFC was founded. Lattes has always tried to show the fundamental importance of chemistry to human well-being and ecological restoration by writing a fictional dystopia about the implication of the society in absence of chemistry and chemists. Lattes also opines that changing public opinion about chemistry might be catalyzed by rebranding science as a form of technical culture.
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