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Historian Robert Paxton talks Trump, French polemicist Éric Zemmour and fascism

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Robert Paxton talking about how Vichy France is remembered. © Mathieu Magnaudeix / Mediapart Robert Paxton talking about how Vichy France is remembered. © Mathieu Magnaudeix / Mediapart

When the French language version of his book 'Vichy France' appeared in 1973, the American historian Robert Paxton opened French eyes to the Vichy regime's collaboration with the Nazis in World War II. At the age of 87 he remains one of the most knowledgable people about fascism. Mediapart spoke with the emeritus professor at Columbia University about Donald Trump, nostalgia for the wartime era of Vichy president Marshal Philippe Pétain, and the spectre of a return to the 1930s. Mathieu Magnaudeix reports from New York.

France's frail and fragile democracy

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Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump during the G7 at Biarritz, south-west France, August 25th 2019. © Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump during the G7 at Biarritz, south-west France, August 25th 2019. © Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

The reaction to Donald Trump's behaviour and the attempts at impeachment highlights the vitality of democratic culture in the United States when faced with executive abuse of power. In contrast, argues Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel, France is served by a low-intensity democracy that has been undermined by the country's system of presidential monarchy.

Macron cautious on Trump-Rouhani meeting at UN summit

French president tells reporters en route to New York: 'We need to be clear-eyed.'

Macron's big fail at G7 summit: no change on key global issues

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Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in Biarritz, August 26th 2019. © Reuters Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in Biarritz, August 26th 2019. © Reuters

In 2018 President Emmanuel Macron experienced a catastrophic period in domestic politics after the summer break. In 2019 the French head of state has tried to hit the ground running by placing himself firmly at the centre of the international stage. His hosting of the G7 summit in Biarritz in south-west France was greeted with unanimous approval by the French press which hailed it a success. Yet as Mediapart's Ellen Salvi reports, nothing in the substance of the issues tackled at the international gathering has changed.

Macron deploys personal touch to ease G7 Trump-era tensions

French president attempted to engineer progress at leaders' gathering in Biarritz despite deep divisions over issues.

Macron and Trump have pre-G7 lunch in bid to ease trade tensions

Surprise lunch came just a day after Trump reiterated his threat of tariffs against French wine in retaliation for new tax on major US tech firms.

France speaks for itself on Iran, says minister

Comment from French foreign minister came after President Trump accused President Macron of sending 'mixed signals' to Tehran.

French minister slams Trump over 'moronic' threat to French wine

French agriculture minister Didier Guillaume has described US President Donald Trump's threat to increase tariffs on French wine imports in retaliation to France's 'foolishness' in deciding to tax sales of digital retail and commercial activities by tech companies, notably US giants like Amazone and Apple, as being 'completely moronic' and 'absurd'.

Trump promises retaliation over 'foolish' Macron digital tax

In a vitriolic message posted on Twitter, US President Donald Trump slammed a new tax to be levied by France on sales in the country by multinational digital tech firms like Google and Apple, announcing he will take "substantial reciprocal action on Macron's foolishness" and hinting this would be a raising of tariffs on French wine imports. 

Wife of detained ex-Renault-Nissan boss appeals to Trump for help

Carole Ghosn, wife of Carlos Ghosn who was arrested in Japan last November on accusations of financial misconduct, has appealed to US President Donald Trump to help end his continued detention in Tokyo by lobbying the Japanese prime minister at the forthcoming G20 summit.

Macron's 'friendship tree' for Trump dies in quarantine

In what might be perceived by some as a reflection of increasing tensions between US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, a young oak tree presented as a gift by the French president during an official visit to the US last year, and which was symbolically planted in the White House gardens by the two leaders before being placed in obligatory quarantine, has died.

Macron to Trump at D-day ceremony: fulfil the promise of Normandy

French president praised the multilateralism of NATO and the EU while offering gratitude to the United States.

Macron and Trump meet during D-Day commemorations

Macron and French officials hoping for smoother run than last time French head of state hosted US president, which became a diplomatic fiasco.

Ilhan Omar, the black Muslim Congresswoman who has become a focus of US divisions

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Ilhan Omar. © Reuters Ilhan Omar. © Reuters

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, elected to the House of Representatives last November, has since become a focal target for President Donald Trump and many among of the American Right. Arriving in the country as a child with her refugee family from Somalia, obtaining US nationality at the age of 17, she has engaged a political career as an outspoken, hijab-wearing Muslim politician who espouses radical-left policies. She also denounces American support of the Israeli government, and her controversial comments on that subject and the place of Muslims in US society have prompted death threats and accusations of anti-Semitism. Just what does Ilham Omar really represent, and what is behind the virulent campaign by Trump and his allies over recent months to make her a political pariah? Mediapart’s US correspondent Mathieu Magnaudeix reports.      

 

Parliamentarians call for probe into Bannon ties with French far-right

Following revelations of previously unseen footage of US President Donald Trump's former advisor Steve Bannon taking part in discussions in London with France's far-right Rassemblement National party, broadcast by a French TV current affairs programme and during which he was invited and accepted to discuss with the party's sympathisers from among France's high-ranking civil servants, has prompted calls for a parliamentary inquiry.