The homage France owes to Spanish Republican refugees

By Nicolas Lebourg

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The recent controversy over the inclusion in France’s official list of national commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the anti-Semitic far-right author Charles Maurras (the ensuing outrage forced mention of him off the list), served to revive the eternal debate about art and the necessity for commemorations as a means of allowing citizens to enjoy a shared cultural heritage.