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Jennifer Heuer

In 1797, two brothers brought an unusual case to the French legislature. Their niece, the daughter of the famous martyr of liberty Michel Lepeletier, had been “adopted by the nation” in 1793. Now officially emancipated from her relatives’ tutelage, she wished to marry a debt-ridden young Dutch man. Unable to prevent the marriage through more traditional means, Suzanne Lepeletier’s uncles demanded that the state fulfill its duties as father. They insisted that the legislative assembly oversee the establishment of its adopted daughter, and with her, the fate of its revolutionary patrimony; Suzanne must be stopped from “denationalizing” herself through her planned marriage to a foreigner.

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From Black-Blanc-Beur to Black-Black-Black?

“L'Affaire des Quotas” and the Shattered “Image of 1998” in Twenty-First-Century France

Christopher S. Thompson

Since the mid-1990s, France's national soccer team has been given considerable significance in French debates about post-colonial immigration, national identity, republican citizenship, and the enduring legacies of French imperialism. This article explores the role played by representations of the team in those debates with a particular focus on the so-called “affaire des quotas” of 2010–2011. It argues that those representations reveal that the boundary between the purportedly inclusive civic nationalism of French republicanism according to which any person willing to embrace the duties and rights of democratic citizenship may theoretically become French, and the exclusionary ethnic nationalism of the xenophobic Front national is far less impermeable than is generally assumed in France. Indeed, race and ethnicity inform notions of French citizenship even among persons who reject the essentialist views of the Far Right.

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Christopher E. Forth

the Times put it, his was “the religion of a fighting, confident people, reverencing duty, as they conceive it, fearless of all else, by no means willing to turn the [other] cheek” (152). At the end of the century, “Britain eschewed the Christ

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The Office de la Famille Française

Familialism and the National Revolution in 1940s Morocco

Margaret Cook Andersen

convince French people that it was their duty to produce a minimum of four children. 5 After the First World War, pronatalists increasingly succeeded in their efforts to lobby the government for measures designed to both persuade people to have more

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Marrying into the Nation

Immigrant Bachelors, French Bureaucrats, and the Conjugal Politics of Naturalization in the Third Republic

Nimisha Barton

have traced a history of virulence towards bachelors in France dating from the ancien régime that, over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, rendered men’s duties as husbands, breadwinners, and fathers of families increasingly central

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Between Resistance and the State

Caribbean Activism and the Invention of a National Memory of Slavery in France

Itay Lotem

to describe mainly Jewish struggles to come to terms with France’s role in the Holocaust. In 1992, it began to be used in official discourse as a reference to the French state’s duty to incorporate the memory of Vichy’s crimes against Jews into the

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The Rhizomatic Algerian Revolution in Three Twenty-First- Century Transnational Documentaries

Algérie tours, détours (2006), La Chine est encore loin (2009), Fidaï (2012)

Nicole Beth Wallenbrock

of colonization as the superior French culture’s duty to the barbarie that simultaneously justified taking the “undeveloped” land. In a book that trained lawyers as well as colonial executives, Principes de colonisation et de legislation coloniale

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Frédéric Sawicki

from other members’ duties. Such supporters could not participate in the party’s internal voting process. But local leaders were reluctant to open the doors of their local branches, fearful of losing control over the local party, which chose candidates

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Nicolas Mariot

duty with honesty or who are too naïve to duck out of it.” 17 In July of the same year, Jules Puech, Ph.D. in Law, asked: “But where do the intellectuals remain? Killed, hidden in safe jobs, fighting on the front lines, or reformed? In any case over

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Yan Slobodkin

Mixed Committee, an international group of agricultural, economic, and health experts charged with looking into the dietetic and social aspects of “the nutrition problem.” According to the Mixed Committee, it was the duty of public authorities everywhere