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Catholicism, Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century France$
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Kay Chadwick

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239741

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312779

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Les formes politiques de la démocratie chrétienne en France au vingtième siècle

Les formes politiques de la démocratie chrétienne en France au vingtième siècle

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(p.119) 6 Les formes politiques de la démocratie chrétienne en France au vingtième siècle
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Catholicism, Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century France
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Jean-Claude Delbreil

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239741.003.0007

This chapter explores the evolution and impact of Christian democracy in twentieth-century France, focusing on two groups directly involved in electoral politics: the Ligue de la Jeune république (JR), a Centre-Left party headed by Marc Sangnier of Sillon fame, and the Parti démocrate populaire (PDP), a Centre-Right party. It argues that differences between the two political parties were encapsulated in their response to the Popular Front: the larger PDP endorsed a reformist social programme but provided no support to the Popular Front, while the JR chose actively to defend Catholic interests in a left-wing environment by forming part of the Popular Front majority, a landmark move in the history of relations between Catholics and the Left.

Keywords:   electoral politics, Christian democracy, France, Jeune république, Marc Sangnier, Parti démocrate populaire, political parties, Popular Front, Catholics, Left

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