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Book Review: How the French Think by Sudhir Hazareesingh

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

unnamed (7)How the French Think: an Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People by Sudhir Hazareesingh (Allen Lane, £20)

In 1949, the French novelist André Malraux, who had been information minister in Charles de Gaulle’s first postwar government, declared: “There’s us [the Gaullist party, the RPF], the communists and nothing else.” Malraux was exaggerating, but only a little.

It is hard, at this distance, to grasp the extent to which the French Communist Party (PCF) dominated the left of politics in France during the two decades following the end of the Second World War. But…

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