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Valery Giscard d’Estaing: Dr David Lees comments on a 'modernising if controversial' President of France

Dr David Lees from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures comments on news reports that former president of France Valery Giscard d’Estaing has died.


Anniversary of de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ a timely contribution to French memory wars - expert comment by Dr David Lees

Today (18 June) is the anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's 'Appel' speech in 1940, which rallied support for the French Resistance. Here Dr David Lees of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures discusses how much it contributed to the personal myth of de Gaulle.

Thu 18 Jun 2020, 15:44 | Tags: Research, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Latest strikes in France 'are enough to ground Paris' to a halt - comment from Dr David Lees

France is facing significant disruption as strikes take place across the country over plans for pensions. Dr David Lees, from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, comments.

Thu 05 Dec 2019, 11:02 | Tags: Research, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Professor Jan Palmowski comments on thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

With the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall closing, Professor Jan Palmowski from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures reflects on the hopes of the 1989 revolutionaries that face very different challenges in today's world.

Thu 07 Nov 2019, 11:46 | Tags: Research, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

"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."