Waiting on the French Left to Decolonize Itself

by Claire Schwartz . Conversation . Houria Bouteldja and Françoise Vergès

So what is there to say? Elections so often seem like exercises in scripting state power, organizing attention around a limited set of possibilities. But how might our sense of possibility change if we understand this election not as a stop on the march of progress, with Macron’s win positioned as evidence of republican righteousness, but in the context of a historical juncture that requires attention to the past’s enduring role in structuring the conditions of our present?

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