13 Mar 2024 – 16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Bristol University
University of Bristol
Arts Complex Lecture Room 8
21 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1UJ

The French Republic is broken. Can it be fixed? Nabila Ramdani will be in discussion about the challenges to which France must rise with Fraser McQueen, Lecturer in French Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Bristol.

About the book
‘[A] highly readable … blazing indictment of modern France … Ramdani’s criticism is heartfelt and justified.’ — The Sunday Times

France—the romanticised, revolutionary land of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity for all—is failing. Reform is urgently needed. This book is a powerful indictment of the status quo, and a highly original perspective on the challenges to which the nation must rise.

Nabila Ramdani is not from the establishment elite: she is a marginalised insider, born and raised in a neglected Paris suburb. With unflinching clarity, she probes the fault lines of her struggling country, exposing the Fifth Republic as an archaic system which emerged from Algeria’s cataclysmic War of Independence.

Today, a monarchical President Macron shows little interest in democracy, while a far-right party threatens to replace him. Segregation, institutionalised rioting, economic injustice, the debasement of women, a monolithic education system, deep-seated racial and religious discrimination, paramilitary policing, terrorism and extremism, and a duplicitous foreign policy all fuel the growing crisis.

Can the broken republic be fixed? Ramdani’s book is a hopeful call for action and provides some pressing answers.

About the author

Nabila Ramdani is a French author of Algerian descent who works as a journalist, academic and broadcaster. Nabila began her award-winning journalistic career in the BBC Paris Bureau. She has since broadcast for outlets including Sky News, Al Jazeera and CNN, and has written extensively for The GuardianThe Daily MailThe Sunday TimesThe Washington Post and others. Educated at Paris VII University and the London School of Economics (LSE), Nabila has taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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