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The damage has already been done for François Fillon - Dr David Lees comments

Dr David Lees, expert in French politics from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, discusses Former French Prime Minister François Fillon’s appearance in court for his role in a "fake jobs" scandal.

Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10:47 | Tags: Politics, French Studies, France

The latest in the French protests, will punishment work? Expert comment

Dr Alex Corcos from the department of French Studies comments on the latest on the protests in France. As PM Edouard Philippe has announced plans to punish those who hold unsanctioned protests following the weeks of unrest caused by the Yellow Vest movement.

Tue 08 Jan 2019, 14:37 | Tags: French Studies, France

Macron and the violent protests in France - expert comment

Dr Oliver Davis, Reader in French Studies at the University of Warwick comments on President Macron's approach to the 'yellow vest' protests.

"Le Grand Kilo" - expert comment

"The kilogram was first introduced by the French revolutionary government in 1795, a symbol of a more enlightened and rational future." Dr James Poskett,Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology at the University of Warwick, explains why scientists should take heart from today's vote on redefining the kilogramme.

Fri 16 Nov 2018, 11:22 | Tags: French Studies, Faculty of Arts, Expert comment, Europe, History, Sciences

"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."

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