By Howarth David, Georgios Varouxakis, David Howarth
At the least because the French Revolution, France has the peculair contrast of concurrently attention-grabbing, captivating and exasperating its neighbours and overseas observers. modern France presents a vital advent for college kids of French politics and society, exploring modern advancements whereas putting them in a deeper ancient, highbrow, cultural and social context that makes for insightful research. hence, chapters on France's monetary coverage and welfare country, its overseas and eu rules and its political routine and up to date institutional advancements are trained by means of an research of the country's special political and institutional traditions, targeted different types of nationalism and citizenship, dynamic highbrow existence and up to date social developments. Summaries of key political, financial and social events and occasions are displayed as indicates.
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54 per 1000 inhabitants. The year 2001 saw a sharp rise in the incidence of violent theft, armed theft and vehicle theft. This is in large part due to another major social problem: the uneven geographical distribution of wealth and misery. France is increasingly becoming a country composed of societies apart. There is a sharp divide between the affluent parts of Paris and the other big cities, on the one hand, and the poor banlieues on the other, with a striking over-representation of ethnic minorities.
7 per cent and only 22 Communist members won seats in the National Assembly. GAULLISM As the word itself indicates, ‘Gaullism’ is a political tradition that is based on the legacy of one man, General Charles de Gaulle. It is, more than any other of the traditions discussed here, peculiarly French. It has often been said that de Gaulle coveted the mantle of the Bonapartes, and that Gaullism was a modernised form of Bonapartism. There clearly were some striking similarities: Bonapartism left in French political culture an idea of how strong yet popular government could be carried out.
In the end, Jaurès, the most staunchly anti-war campaigner among the Socialists, was assassinated in late July 1914, shortly before the outbreak of the war. In the event, the Socialists did join in the Union Sacrée, the great patriotic rally in August 1914, and supported the French war effort until the end of the war (1918). After the end of the Great War a new factor had a decisive effect on the position of the French socialist movement. In October 1917 a Communist Revolution had taken place in Russia, and the new rulers of that country (now called the USSR or Soviet Union), the Communist Bolsheviks, headed by Vladimir Lenin, came to pose as the natural leaders of an international and internationalist revolutionary movement against capitalism and ‘imperialism’, and invited all socialist and anti-capitalist forces and parties all over SOCIALISM 15 the world to follow their lead and tread their line.