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France news and analysis from The Nation
August 23, 2021
Emma Rothschild’s Family Sagas and Microhistories
Can one tell the story of a country through one family?
David A. Bell
November 10, 2020
The Death of Working-Class Paris
As the rich transform France’s capital into a piggy bank and playground, the future of the city hangs in the balance.
May 26, 2020
One French Hospital’s Battle Against the Coronavirus
A photographic diary of the doctors, nurses, and all the health care workers struggling to quell this outbreak.
March 13, 2020
The Rise of the Far Right in France’s Poorest Cities
The areas where the National Rally has the best chance to win in the March elections are united by one factor: socioeconomic duress.
February 18, 2020
The Making of France’s Presidential System
Focusing on the tensions between top-down reforms and bottom-up democratic discontent, Herrick Chapman’s new history tells a very different story about postwar France.
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December 31, 2019
France’s Undocumented Migrants Are Fighting for Their Rights
In the face of Macron’s intensified repression, the
are marching in the streets and organizing in the workplace.
December 17, 2019
France’s Pension Battle Heats Up
France’s largest union confederation has finally thrown its support to the latest round of strikes. Union president Laurent Berger explains why.
December 6, 2019
Don’t Mess With French Pensions
Emmanuel Macron’s latest bugbear: a million angry French citizens striking against his proposed pension reforms.
November 28, 2019
France Debates Single Women’s and Lesbians’ Access to IVF
This is not just a fight about individual rights. It is a challenge to the patriarchal conception of the family unit.
November 1, 2019
The Far Right Is Tightening Its Grip on French Politics
As extremist ideas enter the mainstream, “clash of civilizations” rhetoric is crowding out more nuanced approaches to the very real problem of terrorism.