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Contemporary French Politics by Malcolm Slater (auth.)

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Catholicism Since the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, which had given some degree of freedom of worship and of individual conscience to Catholic dissenters and to Protestants, the Catholic Church in France had been the highly organised official body of a national IDEOLOGICAL CONFLICT 29 religion. Its authoritarianism in religious affairs made it the natural ally of the Monarchy, which had the same approach in political and social matters, though there was a tension between the State's view that it should retain ultimate political control (Gallicanism) and the Church's desire that the will of Rome should prevail (Ultramontanism).

Ne les accablait-elle pas en fait depuis la monarchie absolue? Reussir la oil dix-sept regimes avaient echoue, Reprendre les aiguillages de l'histoire - oil tant de fois la France avait deraille - a partir du premier d'entre eux, cette reforme de l'Ancien Regime, dont l'insucces avait rendu la Revolution inevitable. Bref', guerir un 'mal francais' qui durait depuis trois siecles: je crois bien que c'etait I'ambition supreme de Charles de Gaulle, bien qu'il ne l'efit jamais proclamee . 'Je n'ai pas fonde une nouvelle republique,' me dit-il un jour.

Ii) Peut-on vraiment dire que les Francais ont 'une obsession institutionnelle', par rapport, eventuellement, aux habitants d'autres pays? 4 Les auteurs de ces trois textes soulignent I'importance dans Ie domaine politique de facteurs qui ne relevent pas directement des institutions politiques proprement dites, mais qui sont des facteurs plutot 'societaux', Preparez un expose susceptible de convaincre un groupe d'etudiants francais que l'etude du droit constitutionnel de leur pays ne saurait permettre a elle seule une bonne appreciation de la politique francaise.

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