Terrorism and the discursive construction of national identity in France

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This article aims to analyse the impact of the two terrorist attacks that occurred in France in 2015 on the construction of French national identity. Drawing on critical discourse analysis, it discusses the nation-affirming strategies implemented by President Hollande and the role they play in restoring the authority of the state. It reveals how Hollande used the figure of the terrorist Other to recreate an imagined community based on an idealised Republican model and how he constructed an exclusionary discourse of sameness, which led to a closure of identity that risks alienating large sections of the population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-265
JournalNational Identities
Issue number3
Early online date27 Feb 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Feb 2018


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