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March 29, 2019
France Unbowed Tries to Rediscover Its Populist Magic
The left populist party is still looking for its place in a national debate often dominated by Emmanuel Macron and the far right. Will European elections provide a spark?
February 26, 2019
Place Publique: The ‘Orphans’ of the French Left
A new direct democracy movement hopes to reconstitute France’s left parties around a European Green New Deal—but voters are still skeptical.
February 5, 2019
France’s Yellow Vest Movement Comes of Age
At its first “Assembly of Assemblies” in late January, this grassroots democratic revolt brought together many people who had never participated in politics.
January 15, 2019
Forgotten France Rises Up
France’s Yellow Vests took just one month to challenge policies on taxation, education, transport, and environment—and make the Macron government back down
January 9, 2019
The Populism Problem at the ‘Times’
The paper of record needs to remember that it’s not exclusively a right-wing phenomenon.
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December 13, 2018
The Yellow Vest Revolt
The French uprising was never just about a fuel tax.
December 13, 2018
For Emmanuel Macron, How Did Things Get So Bad, So Fast?
The fault lies with both the French president himself and the political and cultural elite that formed him.
David A. Bell
December 11, 2018
The Anger of the ‘Gilets Jaunes’
France’s unfair taxes have driven the Yellow Vest protest movement.
December 7, 2018
What’s Really Behind France’s Yellow Vest Protest?
It’s not just about the fuel tax; it’s about anger at ever-increasing burdens on the working class.
November 2, 2018
In France, Is the #MeToo Movement Passé?
The idea that seduction is part of French national identity is blocking critical reflection on power, sex, and liberation.