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Mendès France, mendesism(s) and the republican tradition.

Mendès France may have appeared, from the beginning to the end of his career, as a man who didn’t follow the beaten track, who upset and even tried to transgress the frontiers of the traditional political parties. A man who was more inclined to prospective, original action than to the illustrating of a tradition. Thence, for some, the paradox and the tactical error of the « taking over » of the Radical Party in may 1955, which was unworthy of the hopes roused by Mendès France and doomed them to failure. This article tends to show that, on the contrary, Pierre Mendès France’s career and itinerary are in keeping with the radical and republican tradition, that they are part of an effort of renovation thorougbly planned and placed, especially starting in 1956, in the line of the constituting of a large reformist gathering of the center-left, close to socialism but with scientifical and idealistic undertones too. Such an attitude, seen three quarters of a century later, appears as very similar to that of the « Founding Fathers » of the 1880-90s, the « Republicans of government » who established the Republic in France.

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Référence électonique : Claude NICOLET, "Mendès France, mendesism(s) and the republican tradition.", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°27, 27 - Le mendésisme, p.21-30 . Consulté le 2019-09-22 04:17:40 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Mendes-France-mendesism-s-and-the.html