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Exhibition Talk: A Fascist Insurrection in Paris, 6 February 1934

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Exhibition Talk: A Fascist Insurrection in Paris: 6 February 1934.

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Part of the Library’s This Fascist Life: Radical Right Movements in Interwar Europe event series.

On 6 February 1934, thousands of extreme right-wing activists and war veterans gathered in Paris to protest against the alleged corruption of the left-wing government. The demonstration soon turned violent as protesters attempted to force their way into parliament. Over a dozen deaths resulted when police opened fire on the crowd, eventually putting an end to the riot. For the French extreme right, 6 February 1934 was a turning point, after which hundreds of thousands of French joined anti-democratic movements. For left-wingers, France had narrowly escaped a fascist seizure of power and the time had come to form a united front against French fascism.

In this lecture, Dr Chris Millington will explore the origins and consequences of the violence, including the various fascist movements in French politics. He will also draw comparisons with contemporary political events and examine what lessons might be learned.

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Chris Millington is Reader in Modern European History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has written extensively on the history of the French extreme right and violence. His publications include Le Massacre de Clichy (2021), France in the Second World War (2020) and A History of Fascism in France (2019).

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