Sarkozy-de Gaulle: Recycling the Resistance Myth

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The consensus in France regarding the significance of the Resistance, during and after the years of Occupation, began to fracture from the 1970s onwards and is now regarded by many historians of World War II as deeply fragmented. Yet President Sarkozy has shown himself increasingly inclined to evoke the spirit of the Resistance, sometimes in the face of fierce criticism from former Resistance fighters themselves. This article analyses why he felt compelled to do this, how it reflected on him and on comtemporary France.
Translated title of the contributionSarkozy-de Gaulle: Recycling the Resistance Myth
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of War and Culture Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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