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The French Communist Party during the Fifth Republic

A Crisis of Leadership and Ideology


Part of the French Politics, Society and Culture Series book series (FPSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Gino G. Raymond
      Pages 1-4
  3. The Premier Party of France

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Gino G. Raymond
      Pages 7-22
    3. Gino G. Raymond
      Pages 23-39
    4. Gino G. Raymond
      Pages 40-63
  4. The Seeds of Failure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Gino G. Raymond
      Pages 67-92
    3. Gino G. Raymond
      Pages 93-119
    4. Gino G. Raymond
      Pages 120-138
  5. A Party Without a Role?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Gino G. Raymond
      Pages 141-167
    3. Gino G. Raymond
      Pages 168-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 206-233

About this book


The demise of the French Communist Party (PCF) has been a recurrent feature of overviews of the Left in France for the past two decades, and yet the Communists survive. This study examines the factors that undermined the position of the PCF as the premier party of France, but also highlights the challenges that the party faces in a society disillusioned with politics, and the new strategies that it is developing in order to revive its fortunes.


communism France politics socialism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BristolEngland

About the authors

GINO G. RAYMOND is Reader in French Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. His research focuses on contemporary France, with publications that include France during the Socialist Years (editor, 1994), André Malraux: Politics and the Temptation of Myth (1995), Structures of Power in Modern France (editor, 1995), A Historical Dictionary of France (1998) and Redefining the French Republic (co-editor, 2005).

Bibliographic information


'Raymond's book thus complements the works of Jacques Fauvet, François Fejtö, Philippe Robrieux, Maxwell Adereth, Irwin Wall, Marc Lazar, and others. Scholars will find this book useful as a resource. Instructors of history and political science should also consider Raymond's book for use in the classroom, as he provides a sophisticated analysis of one of France's most complex political parties.' - W. Brian Newsome, H-France Review