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Contents

Introduction to the English-Language Edition
I. Before the Election

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2. After the Election
This edition first published by Verso 2008 © Verso 2008 Translation @ David Fernbach 2008 First published as De quoi Sarkozy edt-if le nom? © Nouvelles Editions Lignes, 2007 All rights reserved The moral rights of the author and translator have been asserted 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2

3. Eight Points, to Start With 4. Only One World 5. Courage in these Circumstances 6. France's Transcendental: Petainism 7. The Incorruptible

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8. Must the Communist Hypothesis Be Abandoned? 9. The History of the Communist Hypothesis and Its Present Moment

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Introduction to the English-Language Edition

Many of my friends abroad still have an image of France drawn from the most glorious episodes of our political and intellectual history: the great thinkers ofthe eighteenth-century Enlightenment, the Revolution of 1792-94, the nineteenthcentury insurrections of the workers and common people, the .July days of 1830 and the Commune of 1871; I could also mention June 1848, the formation of the Popular Front in 1936 and the great contribution made to the International Brigades in Spain, the Resistance, the social legislation of the Liberation, the great philosophical and progressive movement from the 1950s to the 70s, May 1968 and its...