Progressive politics in France in European context

The European Constitution was largely rejected in France, not by Eurosceptics, but by pro-European left-wing voters. France is currently experiencing the most Thatcherite government
since the end of the Second World War, but contrary to most European countries, the French Left remains vigorous, and its struggles against the marketisation of society are popular
among the public. Dr Philippe Marlière, Senior Lecturer in French and European politics at University College London, has published widely on French socialism, European social
democracy and the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu. He will consider the French verdict in the context of the 2007 presidential election, and assess what chances the Left has of stemming the neoliberal onslaught.