Christophe Guilluy, Le crepuscule de la France d'en haut: Book Review

Publisher:  Insurgent Notes
Date Written:  16/02/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21680

Book review of Le crepuscule de la France d'en haut, by Christophe Guilluy (2016).



Christophe Guilluy is an independent (non-academic) French geographer who has been working on social geography since the 1990s. His books (Fractures francaises, La France peripherique) have made him known to a wide readership (myself included) since 2010. His latest book, Le crepuscule de la France d’en haut (2016; roughly, The Eclipse of Top-down France), attacks that part of the French middle class which has prospered with globalization over the past 30 years, and which has led to the impoverishment of the popular classes.

His book should be situated in the context of the growing critique of the French Socialist Party (SP), of its betrayals since the 1980s under Mitterand, culminating in the "social-liberal" political line (the "I am not a socialist" of Lionel Jospin, Prime Minister in 2002), or its further development in the liberal-statist presidency of Francois Hollande. The impending primary elections for the leadership of the SP underscore this fracture between the liberal and statist currents within it.
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