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Marine Le Pen’s mainstreaming of the Rassemblement national involves cutting ties with radical elements and promoting defectors from other parties. The result is an incoherent mix of pragmatism, nationalist demagogy and even progressivism – and a party without a common culture.
Esprit on the French far-right: Why Marine Le Pen can’t shake off the radicals; how Vincent Bolloré’s media are going back to the ’30s; and what to do about fascist jouissance.
Why careers in public health are losing their appeal
When flexible hours and remote working have become the norm, the public healthcare sector is struggling to retain workers who want a better work-life balance, better pay and less hierarchical workplaces. The system was not built with these demands in mind, write four French hospital directors.
Esprit 498 (2023)
How to stop disillusioned health professionals leaving the sector; and why health budgets must shift from treatment to prevention. Also: a black book of Assad; and America’s comeback as global good guy.