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Angela Meyer: The Invention Of Paris

Angela Meyer: The Invention Of Paris

By Angela Meyer: The Invention Of Paris: A History In Footsteps By Eric Hazan, Translated By David Fernbach I’m sitting in an apartment in the twelfth arrondissement of Paris, and because I’ve finished Eric Hazan’s detailed, passionate The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps, I can place myself not just topographically, but temporally, in this city. I know that the lines of some of the nearby streets have not changed since the Middle Ages, that in this … Read entire article »

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Robert Zaretsky: Disorderly Conduct

Robert Zaretsky: Disorderly Conduct

By Robert Zaretsky: The writer and critic Bernard Lazare, Dreyfus’ earliest defender, wed Zionism and anarchism to become one of France’s most famous polemicists and a political clairvoyant. Since the late 18th century, young French men from the provinces have “climbed” to Paris to make their fortune and name. Lazare Bernard, the son of a Jewish family from the southern city of Nîmes, made the climb for quite the opposite reason: to reject his family’s fortune and … Read entire article »

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Dave Fryett: Remembering The Paris Commune Of 1871

Dave Fryett: Remembering The Paris Commune Of 1871

By Dave Fryett: The Seventy-Two Greatest Days In History. “They were madmen, but they had in them the flame which never dies.” Auguste Renoir May 28th is the 140th anniversary of the defeat of the Paris Commune. It lasted but a pitiful 72 days before it was drowned in blood, yet for subsequent revolutionary movements, its heirs, it is a source of joy, inspiration, and pride. It is said that some tribal cultures were democratic and egalitarian, but in the … Read entire article »

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Hundreds In Paris Demo Modeled on Spain Protest

Hundreds In Paris Demo Modeled on Spain Protest

By AFP: PARIS — About 1,000 people gathered Sunday in Paris for a protest modelled on Spain’s movement that has seen demonstrations across the country decrying mainstream politics, unemployment and corruption. The mostly young protestors on Bastille square unfurled a giant banner on the steps of the opera house that read: “Real democracy now”, and opened another nearby that said: “Paris, wake up!” About 1,000 people took part, according to police and organisers, and were monitored by security … Read entire article »

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Constance Bantman: Review of Anarchism in Interwar France

Constance Bantman: Review of Anarchism in Interwar France

By Constance Bantman: Richard D. Sonn’s book picks up where most studies on French anarchism leave off (including his own classic Anarchism and Cultural Politics in Fin de Siècle France[1989]): after the halcyon days of the belle époque, the “heroic period” of French anarchism. And indeed, the introduction of Sex, Violence, and the Avant-Garde paints a picture of anarchism at a low ebb, struggling to attract a new generation of militants, with a reduced readership for … Read entire article »

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French Football Chiefs’ Secret Plan To Whiten ‘Les Bleus’

French Football Chiefs’ Secret Plan To Whiten ‘Les Bleus’

By Fabrice Arfi, Michaël Hajdenberg, and Mathilde Mathieu: Members of the French Football Federation’s National Technical Board, including the France team coach Laurent Blanc, have secretly approved a quota selection process to reduce the number of young black players, and those of North African origin, emerging from the country’s youth training centres as potential candidates for the national team, Mediapart can reveal. The plan, presented in November 2010, involves limiting the number of youngsters from black and … Read entire article »

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Paris Commune, Arab Spring: The Long March to Freedom

Paris Commune, Arab Spring: The Long March to Freedom

By Alex Butterworth: How does Montmartre, 1871 compare with Tahrir Square and Tunis, 2011? Alex Butterworth explains what the Paris Commune can teach us about the Arab Spring. In the first flush of the Arab Spring many attempts were made to draw historical parallels with previous revolutions. Some looked back to the spring of 1848, when a wildfire of revolt swept through Europe, starting in Sicily but leaving few countries untouched. Those of a … Read entire article »

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Remember Paris

Remember Paris

“According to Cornelius Castoriadis, the Greek philosopher, economist and psychoanalyst who immigrated to France, May 1968 began a new period in human history. It marked the outburst of a desire to connect, and a process of resocialization – exactly the opposite of what is claimed by detractors who believe that May 1968 began the process of the individualization of society.” By Reuven Miran: The student protests of May 1968 sparked demonstrations and upheaval … Read entire article »

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