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Mélenchon to take a Back-Seat on French Left?

Now to Take a Back Seat? 

The co-President of the Parti de Gauche, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has expressed his weariness, and his wish to take some distance. 520 more words

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Thermidor Fun Fact Day Thirty-Nine: Royal Survivors

Which member of the royal family survived the Terror? What was that person’s later name?
a. Le Dauphin Louis Charles, who became King Charles X. 31 more words

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Thermidor Fun Fact Day Thirty-Eight: Defeated Tyrants: Napoleon and Robespierre thrown from the saddle

What great novel of the nineteenth century presents Napoleon as an “involuntary revolutionary” alongside a horseback-riding Robespierre who is thrown from his saddle; both of them meeting defeat on June 18, 1815? 24 more words

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Thermidor Fun Fact Day Thirty-Six: Baudelaire and regicide remorse?

Baudelaire’s poem, “L’Irréparable” (The Irreparable) sounds an awful lot like the slogan of royalists and émigrés of the 1790s. Here is the first stanza of the poem. 72 more words

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Thermidor Fun Fact Day Thirty-Five: Bara the boy martyr lives on today

A facsimile of a 1794 pamphlet relating the inspiring tale of the boy soldier Joseph Bara, who died at age 14, can be found within the pages of what book by a contemporary French writer? 123 more words

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Thermidor Fun Fact Day Thirty-Four: We know Les Misérables is about a revolution, but which one?

Readers of Victor Hugo’s great novel, and viewers of the many stage and screen adaptations over the years, will recall that there is a scene on the barricades, when workers and students rebel against a cold-hearted government. 12 more words

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Thermidor Fun Fact Day Thirty-Two: Who is that mystery man in the Madeleine Cemetery?

In his popular novel, Le Cimetière de la Madeleine (The Madeleine Cemetery; 1800-01), J.-J. Regnault-Warin begins where Louis XVI’s life left off, in the Madeleine Cemetery. 118 more words

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