French intellectuals engage in a new culture war over wokeism

Paris Letter: Establishment wants no part of ‘social science theories imported from US’

Michel Wieviorka, a prominent leftist sociologist, has been labelled an islamo-gauchiste by his anti-woke colleagues.  Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/ Getty Images

Michel Wieviorka, a prominent leftist sociologist, has been labelled an islamo-gauchiste by his anti-woke colleagues. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/ Getty Images

Fifty French academics and intellectuals declared war on the latest scourge from the US at a two-day colloquium at the Sorbonne earlier this month.

After fast food and internet giants, what president Emmanuel Macron has called “certain social science theories entirely imported from the US” are perceived to threaten the French ideal of an indivisible, secular nation.

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