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New Lows in Old Alliances

Share the post "New Lows in Old Alliances" The surprise announcement on Wednesday, September 15, of a new naval defense partnership between Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom blindsided French President Emmanuel Macron. In 2016, Australia had signed an agreement with French defense company DCNS (now Naval Group), which was complemented by a 2019 Franco-Australian strategic partnership agreement. Not only was France, the world’s third most powerful...

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The Morning After

Share the post "The Morning After" The 2021 regionals are history. What to make of the results? First, the vast majority of voters continued to abstain. Second, Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National suffered a severe setback. The RN list in PACA, led by Thierry Mariani, did not merely lose; it was crushed, tallying 14 points less than the Republican-LREM coalition led by Renaud Muselier. In Hauts-de-France, moreover, Sébastien Chenu lost by 24 points. In short, a...

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Les liaisons dangereuses de l’État

Share the post "Les liaisons dangereuses de l’État" Review essay on Antoine Vauchez and Pierre France, The Neoliberal Republic: Corporate Lawyers, Statecraft, and the Making of Public-Private France (Cornell University Press, 2021) En 1976, dans un témoignage résumant bien l’état d’esprit de nombreux grands commis de la Libération, François Bloch-Lainé pouvait écrire : « j’ai choisi de servir un maître et un seul : l’État. Un maître dont les agents jouissent d’une...

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Has Le Pen Peaked?

Share the post "Has Le Pen Peaked?" The Guardian asked me to comment on last Sunday’s election. You can read the article here. Of course, the RN could still take PACA next Sunday, but the idea that a repeat of the 2017 Macron-Le Pen confrontation is inevitable has been called into question. Tags: Emmanuel Macron, Elections, Rassemblement National Share the post "Has Le Pen Peaked?"

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The Discreet Charm of the “Bourgeois Bloc”

Share the post "The Discreet Charm of the “Bourgeois Bloc”" Review of Bruno Amable & Stefano Palombarini, The Last Neoliberal: Macron and the origins of France’s Political Crisis  (Verso, 2021) Depending on one’s perspective, social democracy’s divorce with substantial transformative change became obvious at different times of its historical trajectory. For some, the key conjunctural point was World War I, when social democratic parties rejected internationalism,...

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Revue de Presse: May 30

Share the post "Revue de Presse: May 30" For the first time in its history, the European Union will arm foreign governments in the name of fighting terrorism, protecting civilians, and stabilizing fragile states, using a €5 billion “European Peace Facility.” Michael Peel discusses this newest development in the EU’s effort to extend its “hard power” in the Financial Times. Critics fear the money will entrench dictatorships and stoke conflict, undermining the EU’s...

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Revue de Presse: May 16

Share the post "Revue de Presse: May 16" Thomas Piketty a connu un succès fulgurant  aux États-Unis avec son ouvrage Le Capital au XXIe siècle qui a lancé une conversation nationale sur l’inégalité, son livre le plus récent, Capital et Idéologie, a manifestement été moins bien reçu. Pourquoi ? C’est ce que cherche à comprendre Éric Alterman, avec l’aide d’Arthur Goldhammer, dans un article publié dans The American Prospect. Selon eux, le succès moindre du deuxième...

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New Article on Sarah Halimi

Share the post "New Article on Sarah Halimi" I have a new article up today at Jewish Currents about the Sarah Halimi case. You can read the article for more background on the 2017 killing of an elderly Jewish woman by her young, Franco-Malian neighbor and the court decisions that found him psychiatrically unfit to stand trial. I expect this piece to be somewhat controversial. The lack of a trial caused outrage, especially in France’s Jewish communities, and suspicion...

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Revue de Presse: March 8

Share the post "Revue de Presse: March 8" As Macron’s government continues its crusade against “Islamo-leftism” in France’s universities—led by ministers Frédérique Vidal and Jean-Michel Blanquer—academics speak out against what they see as an assault against academic freedom (see Art Goldhammer’s English translation of an open letter on this topic at Tocqueville 21). In the online magazine Analyse Opinion Critique, a voice for social scientists in popular discourse,...

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Revue de Presse: January 31

Share the post "Revue de Presse: January 31" Post Views: 216 Does militaristic foreign policy give carte blanche to civil strife at home? After the recent Capitol riots, the idea that “you reap what you sow” has circulated in the US and abroad. In Inkstick political scientist Van Jackson associates the repatriation of violence with large military budgets and a culture that venerates force. Addressing these problems, Van Jackson...

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