Why French politicians try to assume mantle of Jean Jaurès

As France marks centenary of socialist's assassination, an historian assesses the political party he launched and the republican ideals he embodied.

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April was the cruelest month for François Hollande. The French president, battered by abysmal poll ratings, traveled to the southwestern town of Carmaux to commune with the spirit of its native son, Jean Jaurès, the founder of France’s Socialist Party, titanic tribune of the people and tireless defender of the values of 1789, writes Ropbert Zaretsky in The New York Times.