French Politics, Culture and Society

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 2, Summer

Anti-Americanisms in France
France is undoubtedly the first response that comes to mind when asked which country in Europe is the most anti-American. Between taking the lead of the anti-globalization movement in the late 1990s and taking the lead of the anti-war in Iraq camp...
From Mondavi to Depardieu: The Global/local Politics of Wine
In the politically charged spring of 2003, Americans were variously shocked and delighted by reports of restaurant owners emptying bottles of fine French wine into the streets to protest France's stand in the war with Iraq. Few Americans, though, realized...
Jospin, Political Cohabitation and Left Governance
The April 21st defeat of Socialist party candidate Lionel Jospin in the first round of the 2002 presidential elections shockingly ended the five-year reign of arguably the most productive government in Fifth Republic France. (1) The Jospin government...
"Leur Histoire Est Notre Histoire": Immigrant Culture in France between Visibility and Invisibility (1)
On the leaflets announcing the opening in 2007 of a new Center for Immigration History in Paris, one can read the following sentence: "Leur histoire est notre histoire: la place des immigres dans la construction de la France" [Their history is our...
The Politics of Publishing during the Second Empire: The Trial of Madame Bovary Revisited *
In the history of literature, the trial of Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, along with that of Les Fleurs du real by Charles Baudelaire, has long been viewed as a defining moment in the emergence of the modern, autonomous author. In the face of repression...