Keyword: Robert Paxton

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.