By Emile Chabal

This publication is an unique and complex old interpretation of up to date French political tradition. beforehand, there were few makes an attempt to appreciate the political results of the profound geopolitical, highbrow and fiscal alterations that France has gone through because the Seventies. notwithstanding, Emile Chabal's targeted research indicates how passionate debates over citizenship, immigration, colonial reminiscence, the reform of the nation and the historiography of contemporary France have galvanised the French elite and created new areas for dialogue and war of words. lots of those debates have coalesced round political languages - republicanism and liberalism - either one of which constitution the historic mind's eye and the symbolic vocabulary of French political actors. the strain among those political languages has develop into the important battleground of latest French politics. it really is round those poles that politicians, intellectuals and participants of France's tremendous civil society have attempted to barter the bold demanding situations of ideological uncertainty and a renewed experience of world lack of confidence

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This umbilical connection between neo-republicanism and the left has often been phrased in relatively stark terms: as Marxism became increasingly discredited at the ballot box and in universities, republicanism took its place. In this interpretation, it was a simple case of substitution; class and the proletariat were discarded in favour of the Republic and the citizen. The narrative that emerges from such a reading stresses the decline of the left, and its gradual rightward shift. The story begins in 1968, with the violent attack on the communist left during the protests of May 1968.

We have already seen how republicanism’s rise to prominence in the nineteenth century was highly contested: republicans’ struggle to gain political power was simultaneously a struggle over the French national narrative. This was no less true at the end of the twentieth century. If the Republic was not fundamentally at risk in the same way as it was in 1851 or 1914, the fight for control over France’s national narrative remained fierce. It was historians of France who first began the task of revitalising and celebrating the Republic, and especially the Third Republic.

Mona Ozouf, ‘L’idée républicaine et l’interprétation du passé national’, Annales (Vol. 53, No. 6, 1998), pp. 1075–87. ‘Républicain à la française’ (1992), in Maurice Agulhon, Histoire vagabonde III: La politique en France d’hier et d’aujourd’hui (Paris: Gallimard, 1996), p. 98. The claim that la laïcité is a way of exercising domination over minorities and has concealed racism has been made for instance in Joan Scott’s recent work. See Joan Wallach Scott, The Politics of the Veil (London: Princeton University Press, 2007); and Joan Wallach Scott, ‘Symptomatic Politics: The Banning of Islamic Head Scarves in French Public Schools’, French Politics, Culture and Society (Vol.

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