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Europe’s Reluctant Radicals: France

11 April 2013

Counterpoint launch a pamphlet on populism and the Front National by the eminent sociologist Michel Wieviorka at an event in Paris, on the18th April.

The publication is part of the second phase of Counterpoint's Reluctant Radicals project, aiming to depict the intimate political and social terrain from which populism emerges. (See the Counterpoint Reluctant Radicals partnership with openDemocracy for some excerpts of other publications). 

Michel Wieviorka’s ’s piece will be released at a discussion panel entitled ‘Le Front National : un défi jeté aux forces démocratiques ?’

The event takes place on Thursday 18th of April, from 17:30 to 19:00 at 98 rue de l’Université, Paris. For booking and more details see the Counterpoint website.

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To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

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