Visual Rhetoric as “A Space-in-Between”: Semiotic Account of French Official Presidential Photographs

  • Anne WagnerEmail author
Part of the Studies in the History of Law and Justice book series (SHLJ, volume 13)


This chapter deals with the concept of the French national spirit for the construction of the national identity of France. Some of the most typical French official presidential photographs reveal a hidden discourse, a ‘Space-in-between’. These official photographs are part of French history and are also displayed in town halls even though there is no compulsory obligation to do so. However, some legal regulations have to be respected when shooting their portraits, but artists are also free to adapt their styles owing to each President’s will. Studying the visual and hidden discursive implications sheds light on semiotic, philosophical, and legal issues, as well as impacts on our legal culture, tradition and system. Taking into account space and time, the chapter proposes a reflection on the function, role, and limits of these visual and discursive representations, as well as impacts, recognitions and obligations deriving from them.


Exposure Administration Visual Rhetoric Official Photographs State Portraits French Flag 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre Droits et Perspectives du Droit, équipe René DemogueUniversité Lille—Nord de FranceLilleFrance

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