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"Macron might be right on Pétain, but the French don’t want to hear it" - Dr David Lees

"Macron might be right on Pétain, but the French don’t want to hear it" - says Dr David Lees, of the University of Warwick's School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

"French President Emmanuel Macron sought to praise French First World War military leaders in a commemoration ceremony yesterday (7 November 2018) and argued that even Philippe Pétain deserved some credit for his role in leading French forces. Pétain led the French defence of Verdun in 1916 and is associated with the rotation of front-line troops in response to a threatened mutiny by French conscripts. In describing Pétain as a great soldier, Macron also argued that Pétain had made some ‘disastrous choices’ in the Second World War."

Thu 08 November 2018, 10:13 | Tags: French Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Ben Gannon on the results of the US mid-term elections

Ben Gannon, expert in US politics and foreign policy, discusses the mid-term elections, which have resulted in the Democrats taking control of the US House of Representatives and also dealt a blow to President Donald Trump.

Wed 07 November 2018, 11:23 | Tags: Politics, USA, Expert comment, Politics and International Studies, Trump

Dr Christopher Strelluf on the Collins Dictionary 2018 word of the year

Dr Christopher Strelluf expert in linguistics, comments on the Collins Word of the Year List 2018, which includes the words ‘single-use’, ‘gammon’ and ‘gaslight’.

Wed 07 November 2018, 10:47 | Tags: Applied Linguistics, Britain, Faculty of Social Science, pollution, Language

US mid-terms: expert comment

Ben Gannon, Teaching Fellow in US Politics and US Foreign Policy, offers his expert take on the mid-terms: "Early polling suggests this could be a record midterm turnout...given Trump's ability to pull off a surprise victory, lots of caution abounds."


Professor Sandra Chapman comments on the mission of NASA's solar probe

Professor Sandra Chapman from the University of Warwick's Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics, explains what NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission will reveal about our star.


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