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FR256 - The Right in France, from the Dreyfus Affair to Le Pen

  • Module code: FR256
  • Module name: The Right in France, from the Dreyfus Affair to Le Pen
  • Department: French Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Was there a French fascism in the 1930s? Is Paris a city of the right or the left? How strong is the legacy of de Gaulle in contemporary politics? These are some of the questions that this module will address as it traces the evolving theories, practices, and influence of the right in France from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Looking at key political and intellectual figures such as Charles Maurras and Robert Brasillach, de Gaulle and Chirac, P├ętain and Le Pen, the module also considers wider movements and parties, and employs a variety of source material.

Principal learning outcomes


Timetabled teaching activities

Teaching will be by a combination of lecture and seminar; there will be one lecture and one seminar per week.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: FR256-15)
A (Assessed work only) 4000-4500 word essay 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 2500 word essay 50%
  1 hour examination (Summer) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate French Studies with Portuguese (R1R5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Italian and European Literature (RQ32) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History of Art and French (V3R1) - Year 2