born in Montauban, France, in 1945, became known in May 1968 as a spokesman for the rebelling Paris students. After his expulsion from France, Cohn-Bendit became involved in the Frankfurt spontaneous scene, led the debate against left-wing terrorism in the magazine »Pflasterstrand«, which he edited, and belonged to the realo wing of the Green Party from the early 1980s. From 1989 to 1997, he led what was then the first Office for Multicultural Affairs. From 1994 to 2014, Cohn-Bendit was a member of the European Parliament, for which he ran alternately in Germany and France, achieving top results for the Greens on each occasion. Cohn-Bendit is the recipient of the Hannah Arendt Prize  and the Theodor Heuss Prize , among others. In 2018, he published »Sous les crampons la plage« [tr: Under the Cleats of the Beach], his autobiography told through the lens of soccer and politics.