France Lecture 1

Love hate relationship the french have had an

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Unformatted text preview: all regions of the country •In addition to this linguistic homogeneity, between 83 and 88 percent of all French are at least nominally Catholic. The remainder are Muslim (between 5 and 10 percent), Protestant, or Jewish ! ! ! ! ! •Urban Culture, Rural at Heart •This national unity should not be exaggerated •Although metropolitan Paris is home to 10 million of France’s 60 million citizens, "provincial" life, with its more rustic and relaxed lifestyle, is still preferred by most French people over the hustle and bustle of urban life •Only about one third of all French people live in an urban setting, compared with half of all Britons and three fourths of the Japanese •Similarly, although French citizens are proud of their national heritage, they are likewise proud of their regional differences ! Historical Development of the State •French history offers us valuable insights into the study of regimes and is an essential primer on the rise of the modern nation- state •From Louis XIV’s declaration "L’état, c’est moi” to Napoléon’s establishment of bureaucratic legal codes and the rule of law, the development of the French state offers an archetype for the emergence of the modern state ! Love- Hate Relationship The French have had an ambiguous love- hate relationship with their state: • great patriotism, an embrace of strong leaders, and acceptance of a strong and quite autonomous state coupled with… • a willingness to revolt against authority and a cynical mistrust of politics. ! Absolutism and Consolidation •Under the reign of Charlemagne, the area we know as France became unified before any of the other European states, including Britain •Many of the responsibilities that we associate with a modern state, such as education, welfare, and transportation, were at that time handled by the family, the church, an odd assortment of local authorities, or simply not at all •But three primary duties—making and...
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