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France news and analysis from The Nation
November 15, 2022
The Life and Afterlife of the Paris Commune
It was one of the most radical political experiments in European history. It was also one of Europe’s most tragically short-lived.
David A. Bell
October 19, 2022
Amid Inflation and Corporate Windfalls, French Workers Are Rising Up
The increasing cost of living and the government’s heavy-handed response to a strike at oil refineries is pushing people into the streets, and the discontent isn’t going away.
September 29, 2022
Marine Le Pen’s National Rally Has What It’s Always Wanted: Institutional Power
The National Rally may fashion itself a movement, but it prefers that the people remain passive.
June 30, 2022
France Rediscovers Parliamentary Politics
Emmanuel Macron’s centrist coalition would rather look for allies on the far right than on the left.
June 29, 2022
Toe to Toe With “Moby-Dick”
Pierre Senges’s avant-garde retelling of Melville’s great work asks us what the limits of the novel are.
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June 13, 2022
What the French Really Owe Haiti
Compensation for a history suffused with violence that left physical wounds and psychological trauma.
Marlene L. Daut
June 9, 2022
Can a United Left Win in Macron’s France?
France’s left unity coalition is poised to send a crop of activists into the National Assembly, though critics say it could be even more representative of its diverse base.
April 19, 2022
The Rank Opportunism of Emmanuel Macron
How the French president stumbled into a legitimacy crisis.
April 15, 2022
“He Just Shat All over Us”: Why Macron’s “Republican Front” Is Fraying
Macron aims to rally voters against far-right Marine Le Pen, but alienated parts of the coalition he needs to win may sit on the sidelines.
April 13, 2022
Mali’s Violent, Authoritarian Turn
Malian soldiers and Putin-linked mercenaries massacred hundreds of people in the village of Moura.
Hannah Rae Armstrong