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Political Leadership in France

From Charles de Gaulle to Nicolas Sarkozy


Part of the French Politics, Society and Culture Series book series (FPSC)

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About this book


Gaffney analyzes how de Gaulle came to power in 1958: The drama surrounding the Fourth Republic's collapse, and the focus upon an exceptional individual meant that de Gaulle was able to confer a particular style of leadership on the Fifth Republic. The five Presidents who came after him have each capitalized on their own political 'persona.'


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Aston UniversityBirminghamUK

About the authors

JOHN GAFFNEY Professor of Politics at Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

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"The book is written in a very engaging way and students of French politics will certainly find that it summarises extremely well some of the key developments in the Fifth Republic.'

- West European Politics