Higher Education

La France contemporaine, 5th Edition

  • William Edmiston University of South Carolina
  • Annie Duménil University of South Carolina
  • ISBN-10: 1305251083  |  ISBN-13: 9781305251083
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2005, 1997
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $133.50
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LA FRANCE CONTEMPORAINE, 5E, immerses students in the France of today through timely, up-to-date information about the political, social, technological, economic, and rich cultural forces that affect this fascinating country and its people. Students acquire valuable insights that improve their understanding of the Francophone world and, consequently, their communication in French. The clear prose facilitates comprehension of the complex issues presented, whereas the engaging activities encourage critical thinking and stimulate discussion. A fully integrated companion website brings students even closer to everything that makes France French.

Features and Benefits

  • The selection of topics includes information on the structure of political and social systems at work in France today, as well as aspects of everyday life, economics, and technology-providing a full picture of French society.
  • The clear, comprehensible prose allows students to focus on the content of each chapter, and end-of-chapter comprehension and discussion activities are helpful to both instructors and students.
  • The organization of LA FRANCE CONTEMPORAINE, 5E, carefully connects the geographic, economic, and sociopolitical forces operating in France to those at work within the European Union, giving students a geopolitical frame of reference for their study of modern-day France.
  • The Book Companion Website features self-correcting chapter quizzes, chapter-specific cultural expansion activities (Vos recherches sur Internet), and a searchable chronology. For instructors, password-protected answers to end-of-chapter activities (Contrôle des connaissances) as well as suggestions for further reading are provided.
  • The introductory chapter, “La France et les Etats-Unis,” contextualizes life in modern France by describing the country's relations with the United States, Europe, and the world.

Table of Contents

Histoire ancienne.
Histoire modern.
Les Années Mitterrand.
Les Années Chirac.
Les Années Sarkozy.
Les Années Hollande.
Introduction: La France et les Etats-Unis.
1. La France physique.
2. Paris.
3. Les Régions et les provinces.
4. Les Langues de France.
5. L'Union européenne.
6. La République française.
7. L'Etat.
8. Les Partis politiques et les elections.
9. La Famille et la sexualité.
10. Le Travail et le temps libre.
11. La Protection sociale.
12. Les Religions.
13. L'Immigration.
14. L'Education.
15. Les Médias.
16. La Technologie et le commerce.
Liste des sigles.

What's New

  • Improved and updated visuals throughout the book provide a photographic glimpse into modern-day France.
  • Part I, La France et l'Europe, details the financial crisis in the European Union and proposed reforms of French regions.
  • Updates to Part II, La vie politique, reflect the Hollande presidency and general recent political changes.
  • Additional content in Part III, La vie sociale, covers the “Mariage pour tous” movement as well as recent reforms impacting retirement and la sécurité sociale.
  • Updates to Part IV, La vie culturelle, provide current and objective information on the important issues of religion, immigration, and education in French society.
  • Thoroughly updated content in Part V, L'information et la technologie, reflects the current role of technology in France.

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Bundle: Sur le vif: Niveau intermédiaire, 6th + La France contemporaine, 6th

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

William Edmiston

Dr. Edmiston, now retired, is a specialist in eighteenth-century French literature. He has published books on Diderot, the French novel, and Sade. For 32 years, he taught an advanced undergraduate/graduate course on contemporary France.

Annie Duménil

Dr. Duménil is a retired professor of French linguistics (phonetics and phonology). She has published articles on French phonology, authored a French phonetics textbook, and coauthored two other textbooks.