Charles Maurras was a leading figure of the anti-democratic right in France for more than 50 years, and his highly polemical paper, Action francaise
, was bitterly critical of everything the liberal democratic West now values, whether cultural pluralism, political equality, or what Maurras mocked as the human-rights heritage of the French Revolution.
Chapters on France include Peter Bemardi's "French Jesuits and the Action Francaise
," which discusses the role of the Jesuits Pedro Descoqs, Pierre Rousellot, and Cardinal Louis Billot, who sympathized with the royalist, anti-Semitic group that was subsequently condemned by Pius XI in 1926.
But the hussars have a bad reputation: to fail to disavow one's roots in Action francaise
means to be automatically labeled a maurrassien or a fascist.
Charles Maurras, leader of the deeply reactionary Action Francaise
, saw Coubertin's Olympics as a liberal Anglo-Saxon plot to undermine racial vigour and native pride.
The Cagoule, formally the Comite secret d'action revolutionnaire (Secret Committee of Revolutionary Action), sprang from a late-1935 fracture within the royalist Action Francaise
was a militant rightist movement in France begun in the late 1890s by Charles Maurras with the goal of replacing the Third Republic with some kind of traditional monarchical regime.
It faces up to many of the contradictions of this long-time enthusiast for Maurras's Action francaise
, while offering "a theological point of view that helps explain the novelist's contrariness and political inconsistency" (7).
His treatment is more inclusive than works that limit themselves to discussion of Franco, Mussolini, and Hitler and includes such strands of the radical right such as Action Francaise
At the same time, he was tolerant to a fault of the rightwing, monarchist Action Francaise
The emergence of Petain's government produced, in the words of Action Francaise
leader Charles Maurras, a "divine surprise," (1) a conjunction [conjoncture] when a previously minoritarian political Right could promulgate its vision of an eternal France of terroir [region], village, and farm.
So I begin by recalling how, some years ago, I met the aged Leader of a Catholic rightist cult, practically a recreation of the Action Francaise
which had fascinated the young T.
There are no actual anti-Semitic statements in his name, although a filler in one issue of the Catholic Worker under his editorship is an item downloaded from Action Francaise
propaganda that arguably has an anti-Semitic tinge, while Santamaria's mentor Denys Jackson took European Catholic theories about a world Jewish-Masonic-capitalist-pinko plot more seriously than they deserved.