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Erhard Friedberg

The failure of the CPE does not prove the impossibility of reform in France, but rather illustrates political actors' incompetence when it comes to developing and leading reform efforts. The article argues the foregoing thesis by reviewing different moments when competence in these matters would have been able to make a difference. It then examines the collateral damage of this aborted reform with regard to the adminstration's capacity to act and with regard to the French political landscape from now until the 2007 presidential elections.

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The French Empire Goes to San Francisco

The Founding of the United Nations and the Limits of Colonial Reform

Jessica Lynne Pearson

inhabitants of France's overseas territories on a more equal footing with inhabitants of metropolitan France. Under the new constitution, the “French Union” replaced the “French Empire,” universalizing the right to vote, hold office, and receive an education

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Globalizing the History of French Decolonization

Jessica Lynne Pearson

international frameworks. My own contribution to this issue focuses on the role of colonial politics in the deliberations that led to the creation of the UN. I argue that while French officials at home were eagerly negotiating a new French Union that would

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Naomi J. Andrews, Simon Jackson, Jessica Wardhaugh, Shannon Fogg, Jessica Lynne Pearson, Elizabeth Campbell, Laura Levine Frader, Joshua Cole, Elizabeth A. Foster, and Owen White

suspicious of Charles de Gaulle's postwar plan to strengthen the institutions of colonial rule through the creation of the French Union, a form of “imperialism-lite” that blended aspects of the British Commonwealth with French traditions of state

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Ajume H. Wingo

Ghana got its independence. After the Ghanaian independence, De Gaulle tried to persuade all the French colonial subjects that they did not need independence but should stay in the French Union. The young people in the French Union argued that if the

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Le Rallye Méditerranée-le Cap

Racing towards Eurafrica?

Megan Brown

which would improve the tourism industry. This extended to the French Union, as the French Empire was renamed under the constitution of the Fourth Republic. Trans-African highways became an imperative because “outside of their international interest for

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Think Global, Fight Local

Recontextualizing the French Army in Algeria, 1954–1962

Terrence G. Peterson

maintained close and active ties to its transatlantic allies and other militaries around the world. 8 It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that many within its ranks might situate the wave of anticolonial activism shaking the French Union in a broader global

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The Economics of Decolonisation

Institutions, Education and Elite Formation

Nicola Viegi

, Leopold Senghor of Senegal, 6 who together with Houphouët Boigny became ministers in the French government and staunch advocates of the French Union ensuring that French interests prevailed even when the empire started crumbling, is quoted to have

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Eric Jennings, Hanna Diamond, Constance Pâris de Bollardière, and Jessica Lynne Pearson

aimed at averting and deterring desertions. There is much analysis about reform attempts at a time when the French empire morphed into the French Union, and the army tried to present a new face. However, racist hierarchies and a host of discriminatory

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A Bridge Across the Mediterranean

Nafissa Sid Cara and the Politics of Emancipation during the Algerian War

Elise Franklin

revised their vision for the universalizing imperatives spread by French colonialism, advancing a federated relationship of “integration” between France and its colonies: the French Union. 12 Governor-general of Algeria Jacques Soustelle originally