The French state is definitely an absolutist. Absolutism is a type of national monarchy in which the monarch has great power and is looked up to with awe and reverence. The reason why the French are considered to be absolutists is because they have a monarchy that ultimately makes all the decisions for France in all areas. One person that the French seem to really look up to in that absolutist way is Charles De Gaulle, he is someone that everyone in France not only looks up to but is required to study. The French even seem to believe that De Gaulles spirit even still lives.
I completely agree. France is definitely an absolutist state. And Charles De Gaulle was a significant historical figure.
Charles de Gaulle is a great example of absolutism, I did not know that some people believe his spirit is still around.
The definition of an absolutist is “the principle or the exercise of complete and unrestricted power in government”. This type of Monarchy/Government perfectly describes the French as the government ultimately has all of the power on what happens day in and day out in the country. Often times governments that follow the absolutism principle can be dangerous as the power they are granted can easily be abused, but this isn’t the case for France. The French people respect absolutism in their government, especially historically. Previous leaders under this principle, such as Charles de Gaulle, are widely respected by French to this day and are even required to study their works in politics.
I agree! The French definitely respect absolutism. They have historically respected it, and they still respect it to this day.
You are definitely right that definition perfectly describes the French, and that the government has all the power on what happens. I also agree that the previous leaders like De Gaulle are greatly respected.
Exactly! Normally you would think giving so much blind power to the government would be bad, but the French seem to respect the system and keep whats best for the people in mind.
I like how you acknowledge that having an absolutist government system could lead to concern but France is not in danger of that.
An absolutist is defined as “a person who holds absolute principles in political, philosophical, or theological matters”. In other words, it is a person that holds a lot of power because many people in the country look up to them. France would be considered an absolutist country because their governmental system is strict, and they control everything. France’s government is in charge of everything the French do, and the citizens of France respect this and listen to what the government tells them to do. Because the people in France respect their government so much, they learn about their government and the people in charge since they began school when they were young. France is undoubtedly an absolutist state, and this most likely explains why the French are willing to comply to the governmental rules.
Great points on the level of control the French government has on their people while contrasting it with the respect the French people have for those in charge
I definitely agree that the French respect their government so much that they learn absolutely everything about it.
I love how you talked about how the French respect their government enough to learn about and how it actually works for them.
Awesome points on the control France continues to have on their population. That was something I saw and wrote about as well!
France is an absolutist country is many ways. Being an absolutist means that you believe and put faith in a system/person/government to have absolute power and principles in political, philosophical, ethical, or theological matters. France is like this in the way that the government decides things for its people and they just go along with it. The French government has even outlawed languages and they have a say in what you can and can’t name your child. The leaders they have are also looked up to and idolized by the French people. They’re required to study past leaders and influencers (how they study Charles De Gaulle). In America we do this too by studying historical figures. But we, for the most part, dont idolize them as much as they do in France.
I like how you acknowledge the American way of life in comparison to France's. Over here, we gravely respect our right to make decision for ourselves. In France, they gravely revere the government. It seems like two very different values.
In the ninth chapter of “Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong,” authors Nadeau and Barlow assert that France is an absolutist country. To be absolute means to put power/authority in a person, thing, or in this case, government. The French government has the final say on a lot of minute issues. For example, the French government dictates what a person can and cannot name their child. If they deem the name to be hurtful to the child, they will make the executive decision to refuse that name. Their past of being an absolutist country is heavily influenced by Charles De Gaulles who used the absolutist ways of the French government to lead the country. France reveres this leader and requires children to learn about him in school. Other examples show that France respects its government and allows them to have the final say on almost all matters.
Absolutism implies that a state is a type of national monarchy where the monarch is looked upon with awe and reverence. In France, there is a monarchy, which ultimately makes all of the decisions for the country. Because government is a huge piece of France’s history, students are required to learn about it in school. They study past leaders and their influences on France’s governmental structure and status today. One leader who is widely admired from France’s past is Charles de Gaulle. In the United States, we similarly study our history, but the French admire their leaders much more than Americans have and do.
I appreciate how you expanded on the education requirements. That was something I only briefly touched on. It was nice to hear your thoughts.
I agree with your comparison of France and America. We do study our history similarity, but they respect/admire their leaders more than we do.
As I looked in the webster’s dictionary, the actual definition of absolutist is “the principle of complex and unrestricted power within a government.” In a plain sense, France is an absolutist country for many reasons. One of the biggest examples I can think, just after reading this definition, is the fact that French government makes a lot of large decisions for their population. The French population rarely notices. In my opinion, I will name my kid whatever I want, but the French government has a strict list of what you can name your own child. It’s very apparent how clearly different America and France treat their celebrities and historical figures and the level of importance they have over the country. Leaders of high importance are treasured deeply, like Charles de Gaulle, who are still studied in modern-day France. America does this with certain individuals and events, but not as intensely as France.
France does control their population heavily. It can be both negative or positive, which also could hurt or help them in the long run.
Absolutist is defined as “a person who holds absolute principles in political, philosophical, or theological matters”. This formed into a government, perfectly describes how the French government works. Their government holds power to so many things and controls the country on a daily basis. Absolutist government usually doesn’t work out well and from what I heard, usually doesn’t sit well with the community ran by it. However, France is a different case. They respect their government and past, so heavily that this works for them. At a young age they’re expected to learn about their government, how it works and why they have it. Again, this shows that France respects their leaders in power and is connected to their roots strongly.