The rise of neo-liberal globalisation has posed major
challenges for all European countries, identifying itself
as the key political tension of the coming era. Yet, it is in
France that globalisation has produced the deepest tensions, and it
is here that it has generated its greatest political
The author pursues two separate lines of
enquiry. First, she considers the influence of French
political tradition and an enduring legacy of republicanism in
shaping contemporary opposition. If globalisation poses a greater
ideological threat in France than elsewhere, this is because it
comes into conflict with the foundational values and symbols of the
French Republic. Secondly, she examines contemporary
French opposition as a site for political and ideological renewal.
Many critics now agree that it is within this emergent movement,
rather than within traditional parties, that new forms of political
practice and ideology are being invented.