Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism 1945-55
Tuesday 31 August 1993
It is too well-known a fact that governments in France fall too often. Everyone is also fully aware that there is a connection between government falls and the plethora of French political parties, of which right now there are 11, six of them being major. To Americans, with their old-fashioned system of two parties, and even to the British, with their three parties, there seems to be something comic in France's having nearly a dozen. Obviously, the fact that there are 11 parties here is a tragedy. Since 1953 is bound to be filled with the acute argumentative decisions looming on both sides of the Atlantic, the prestige of France as West Europe's leader can ill support the strain of crumbling governments. Some sort of reform - under Premier Rene Mayer, if he doesn't fall before or during the attempt, or under whoever comes next - is regarded as inevitable, for to remain in power now is like trying to walk on marbles. The Fourth Republic's constitution, in memory of Marshal Petain and in terror of General de Gaulle's position of solitary eminence just after the liberation, was expressly created weak, to prevent dictatorship.
From Paris Journal 1944-1965 by Janet Flanner (Gollancz, 1966)
(Research by Kate Oldfield)
Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism 1945-55 at the Tate Gallery until
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 3 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 UK weather: 'Coldest night of the year' tonight as freezing temperatures plummet to -10C
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Manager is required ...
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Panel Wireman required for small electro...
£25000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An SME based in East Cheshire, ...