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Clemenceau: A Founding Father of the Atlantic Alliance 

21 days ago

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Editor’s note: this text by Patrick Weil is adapted from the introduction of Georges Clemenceau : Lettres d’Amérique. Translation by Justin Saint-Loubert-Bié.

The four years Clemenceau spent in the United States during his youth helped forge his deepest political convictions—a radical attachment to free speech, the fight against racism and colonialism, and a secularism founded on freedom of conscience. But it is less known that the 1917 American entry into World War I rekindled his political relationship with the United States, which would last until his death in 1929. During the negotiations that took place in Paris after the November 1918 armistice, which would eventually culminate in the

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Clemenceau : Fondateur de l’Alliance Atlantique

September 14, 2020

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Note de l’éditeur : ce texte de Patrick Weil est adapté de l’introduction de Georges Clemenceau : Lettres d’Amérique. Tous les sources en anglais ont été préservées dans leur langue d’origine.

Les quatre ans qu’il passe dans sa jeunesse aux Etats-Unis ont forgé chez Clemenceau une partie de ses convictions politiques les plus profondes : attachement radical à la liberté d’expression, au combat contre le racisme et la colonisation, à une laïcité fondée sur la liberté de conscience. Moins connu est le fait que l’entrée en guerre des États-Unis en 1917, réactive chez lui un engagement politique avec les Etats Unis qui durera jusqu’à sa mort en 1929. Dans a négociation qui s’engagea à Paris après

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Patrick Weil: “The Problem Lies at the Summit of Power”

February 7, 2018

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Patrick Weil is a historian of immigration and citizenship law, a senior research fellow at the CNRS and the University of Paris 1, and a visiting professor at Yale Law School. His most recent book is Le sens de la République.

Editor’s note: This interview, conducted by Jean-Philippe Foegle, was originally published in La Revue des Droits de l’homme in July 2017, and later appeared in Slate.fr. This translation by Tocqueville 21’s Jacob Hamburger has been updated by Patrick Weil to reflect recent events. This is the first in a series of articles on elites and democracy in France. See posts by Aurore Lambert, Olivia Leboyer, and Hugo Drochon here.

Jean-Philippe Foegle: Both the French election

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