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Populism in France’s Presidential Election - Marine Le Pen
Populism in France’s Presidential Election

What are we to make of France’s presidential election? More than anything, it points to the power of anti-systemic populism in French politics, whether on the Left or Right.

Église Saint-Sauveur in Crest, France, in December 2021. L'odyssée Belle, via Unsplash.
Does Protecting the French Nation Trample on Religious Freedom?

On December 9, 2020, Macron’s government introduced a bill that sought to address the violence perpetrated by Islamic extremists. But questions abound regarding the new law and religious freedom.

Sideswiping Religious Freedom in France and Denmark
Sideswiping Religious Freedom in France and Denmark

Much of the French government’s recently proposed strategy and laws threaten religious freedom. Meanwhile, Denmark has also begun taking some troubling measures.

House Resolution Condemning Blasphemy Law a Small Bright Spot at the End of a Dark Year
House Resolution Condemning Blasphemy Law a Small Bright Spot at the End of a Dark Year

On December 7, 2020, the US House of Representatives by a vote of 386-3 passed House Resolution 512, which calls for the worldwide repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws.

State Privilege Won’t Save a Faith

Proponents of religious economy theory point to evidence suggesting that religious adherence decreases when a government actively promotes a church or hinders other beliefs.

Ep. 49: When Religion and Populism Mix - Germany France Donald Trump
Ep. 49: When Religion and Populism Mix

Tobias Cremer, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, speaks with Mark Melton about the role religion plays in…

Religion in European and American Populist Movements
Religion in European and American Populist Movements

During Providence’s monthly social hour in DC on Feb. 24, 2020, Tobias Cremer spoke about his research findings and explained…

“I am here to save the honor of France”: Charles de Gaulle and the American Future
“I am here to save the honor of France”: Charles de Gaulle and the American Future

Julian Jackson’s De Gaulle chronicles and catalogs the many twists and turns of de Gaulle’s life and leadership. His is an exhaustive and judicious book, but he does sprinkle in material that allows us to draw near to the man.

Macron, De Gaulle, America, and France
Macron, De Gaulle, America, and France

Headlines stressed French President Macron’s purportedly implied critique of Trump in his address to the United States Congress last week. But more significant is its continuity with the historical American-French friendship, however sometimes bumpy. Macron noted his speech was on the fifty-eighth anniversary of his predecessor President Charles de Gaulle’s 1960 address to the US Congress.