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The French Dilemma

Author(s): Bell, David A

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Abstract: The horrific attacks in Paris in January spurred a torrent of commentary, most of which addressed their specifically French context. Commentators, particularly in France itself, recalled the long traditions of French satirical writing behind Charlie Hebdo, which had published deliberately offensive cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. They dissected the militant French form of secularism and the long history of French anti-Semitism—which seemed particularly relevant to the siege of a kosher market where a gunman killed four hostages after earlier murdering a policewoman. They discussed the legacies of French republicanism, French universalism, French racism, French colonization, French decolonization, French immigration, and French urban planning.This emphasis on France itself, however, has been misguided.
Publication Date: 2015
Citation: Bell, David A. "The French Dilemma." Dissent 62, no. 2 (2015): 119-126. doi:10.1353/dss.2015.0032.
DOI: doi:10.1353/dss.2015.0032
ISSN: 0012-3846
EISSN: 1946-0910
Pages: 119 - 126
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Dissent
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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