Fixing France

How to Repair a Broken Republic

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By Nabila Ramdani

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A French-Algerian journalist offers unique insight into crisis-ridden France – how it got there and what can be done about it.

The romanticized, revolutionary nation with an enlightened historical mission—Liberty, Equality, Fraternity for all—is failing its own citizens and its admirers around the world.

A makeshift Fifth Republic, born out of the cataclysmic Algerian War of Independence, has produced extremism. Constitutional reform is urgently needed: an all-powerful monarchical president displays little interest in democracy while a mainstream far-right party founded by Nazi collaborators threatens to deliver a head of state.

Segregated suburbs, institutionalized rioting, economic injustice, a monolithic education system, the debasement of women, deep-seated racial and religious discrimination, paramilitary policing, terrorism, and a duplicitous foreign policy all contribute to the growing crisis.

In Fixing France, Nabila Ramdani assesses the fault lines in her struggling nation with unflinching clarity and originality. As a French-Algerian born and brought up in a neglected Paris suburb, her compelling perspective is very different from that of the establishment elites.

Ramdani’s critique is stark but offers real hope: the broken French Republic can, and must, be fixed.


On Sale
Sep 26, 2023
Page Count
352 pages

Nabila Ramdani

About the Author

Nabila Ramdani is a French-Algerian writer from Paris who works as an academic, journalist and broadcaster, mainly covering France and the Arab and Muslim World. Educated at Paris VII University, she holds an MPhil in British and American History and Literature, and an Agrégation—France’s highest teaching qualification—in English. Nabila also has an MPhil in International History, specializing in the Middle East and North Africa, from the London School of Economics (LSE). Nabila first lectured at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in the US, and then taught at Jesus College, Oxford University, in the UK. She began her award-winning journalistic career in the BBC Bureau in Paris and has since written extensively for publications ranging from the Guardian to the Daily Mail and Washington Post, while broadcasting for outlets including Sky News, Al Jazeera, and CNN.

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