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France is the most visited country in the world. It attracts millions of tourists, most of whom come in search of beautiful architecture, good food and fine art. But appearances can be deceptive. France is not only a place of culture and glamour; it also carries the bitter memories of violence, division and broken promises.

In this arresting book, Emile Chabal tells the story of a paradoxical country. From the calamitous defeat by Hitler's armies in 1940 to the spectacular gilets jaunes protests, he explores the contradictions that have shaped French history over the last 80 years. The picture that emerges is one of a nation struggling to reconcile its core political values with the realities of a diverse society.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherPolity Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9781509530045
ISBN (Print)9781509530021, 9781509530014
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

Publication series

NamePolity Histories


  • France
  • French colonialism
  • French history
  • French Empire


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