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France: Political Development and Data for 2020

Abstract : As for most countries, 2020 has been the year for Covid-19 in France. A national health emergency was enforced by the government between 24 March and 10 July for the first time. It was in place again from 17 October onward. Two periods of strict lockdowns were decided, the first between 17 March and 11 May and the second between 30 October and 15 December. From March onwards, France lived at the rhythm of weekly addresses from the executive monitoring the evolution of the pandemic and announcing new policies to face it. At the end of 2020, the death toll of the pandemic amounted to about 65,000. Between March and May 2020, lockdown measures put a halt to mass protests and social movements that marked 2019 in France (Houard-Vial & Sauger 2020), with the exception of a wave of protests when George Floyd was murdered by a white police officer in the United States. The United States has been a key focus over the year, the presidential campaign there attracting much interest. If the pandemic triggered the decision of President Emmanuel Macron to replace Prime Minister Edouard Philippe with Prime Minister Jean Castex, it also softened political debates only for a rather short period of time, polemics on its management by the executive mushrooming quite rapidly after the first lockdown period. (First paragraphs, Introduction)
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Nicolas Sauger, Selma Bendjaballah. France: Political Development and Data for 2020. European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, 2021, 60, pp.141-151. ⟨10.1111/2047-8852.12322⟩. ⟨hal-03772649⟩

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