The Origins of Fascism in France

Chris Millington examines a period of bitter political division in France, dating from the 1930s and coinciding with the Nazi Occupation, which raises questions about the nature and roots of French fascism.

French children at a summer camp in the 1940s. Getty/MondadoriThis year France joins former combatant nations in commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Representatives from across Europe will take part in the annual Bastille Day parade while official ceremonies in a special calendar of events will mark the entry into the war on August 3rd and the Battle of the Marne the following month.

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