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Notre Europe a besoin d’une refondation – Macrons Strategies of Political Re-Framing

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France has always played a central role in creating the constituent concepts of European identity. This article focuses on the re-construction of the concept of EUROPE in contemporary French political discourse, by using the example of president Emmanuel Macron, who, shortly after taking office, presented his ideas for a future “new” European policy in a keynote speech at the Sorbonne. The discursive construction of this concept will be examined from a socio-cognitive and critical discourse linguistic perspective. The analysis takes a comprehensive view of the semiotic potential of strategies of conceptual framing and the interaction of visual and verbal framing, e.g. specific key terms, metaphors and argumentative patterns, employed and/or created for this purpose. I will also argue that conceptual re-framing contributes to legitimate France’s and Macron’s personal claim for political leadership within the EU. On the methodological level, this case study aims at a better understanding of strategic political framing.

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  • political discourse
  • re-framing
  • Europe
  • EU
  • refondation

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Helfrich, U. (2022). Notre Europe a besoin d’une refondation – Macrons Strategies of Political Re-Framing. In: Heinemann, S., Helfrich, U., Visser, J. (eds) On the Discursive Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Europe. Linguistik in Empirie und Theorie/Empirical and Theoretical Linguistics(). J.B. Metzler, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-64893-3_4

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