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France news and analysis from The Nation
May 28, 2019
In a Divided France, a Display of Force by the Far Right
In the elections for European Parliament, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally won more seats than any other party in France.
May 7, 2019
Living in the Shadow of Notre Dame
I remained in shock, horrified at the devastation so close to me, in the heart of Paris.
May 7, 2019
The Disturbing Rise of ‘Femonationalism’
Across Europe, politicians are hijacking feminist language to further right-wing ideologies.
April 22, 2019
The Bare Ruined Choirs of Notre Dame
This monument to medieval faith will surely be rebuilt—by the techno-mobilization of capitalist individualism.
April 17, 2019
The Burning of Notre Dame Is Not Just a Tragedy—It’s an Opportunity
It’s an occasion to a consider a more expansive idea of what it means to be French.
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April 16, 2019
Grieving for Notre Dame
The church embodies a civilization, and had it been erased from the earth—as thankfully it has not been, as it now appears—the loss would have been irretrievable.
April 1, 2019
The Travails of Emmanuel Macron
A new book equates the French president’s rise to a revolution. For much of France’s working and middle classes, it has been nothing short of a disaster.
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.