Having violently attacked the Gaullist
institutions of authoritarian rule, he found them quite convenient once he took power.
But once the later aberrations of Communist and Gaullist
hostility to America on political grounds had disappeared, the French remained convinced of two things: that they were culturally superior to the Americans, or, as the director of the Paris Opera put it, |with respect to esprit, civilization and culture, France doesn't take advice from anyone; it gives it'; and that this culture was under threat from American influence, or as Adriane Mnouchkine put it, Euro Disneyland was |a cultured Chernbyl'.
His hasty decision-making is as far as can be from the De Gaullist
Ministers who sympathized with the pieds noirs, notably the long-time Gaullist
Jacques Soustelle, were sacked.
She looks at socialist and Gaullist
ideas, electoral incentives, women's groups, and party women.
Mr Bourlanges shares with the celebrated Renaissance writer a taste for paradox and protest: a Gaullist
in 1968, when young people in France were predominantly extreme left; a renovator of the right in the 1990s when it had to take refuge in its links with the veteran Jacques Chirac; he remained true to the UDF under Francois Bayrou when most of its national and regional representatives jumped ship to join the UMP, the Chirac-dominated formation of the leading figures of the French right - including Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the founder of UDF.
In this way Jackson pinpoints the origins of the Gaullist
syndrome that has come so resolutely to the fore again under President Chirac.
Such opinions, which surface as early as the introduction to The Gaullist
Attack on Canada, 1967-1997, will discourage many from reading a page further.
Her analysis is set in the context of existing debates around French representations of the Occupation, particularly the tension between Gaullist
interpretations of la France combattante and post-war demystifications of the Resistance myth.
Xavier Dugoin, a senator from Chirac's Gaullist
Rally for the Republic (RPR) party, said that magistrates investigating him on political sleaze charges had tried through him to implicate the president but "I'm not going to betray him now.
Above all, Chirac saw in nuclear testing an opportunity to inherit the Gaullist
mantle on the cheap.
De Gaulle's 'official version of history' -- what we might call the Gaullist
master narrative 'portrays France as a victorious power, temporarily defeated in an early battle yet faithful throughout to her cause and her allies, thanks to the Resistance, and fully engaged in her own liberation and in the defeat of Nazi Germany.