David Todd

David Todd teaches at Sciences Po, Paris.

When Paris Sneezed: The Cult of 1789

David Todd, 4 January 2024

On​ 8 December 2018, at the peak of the gilets jaunes crisis, a helicopter stood ready to take off in the gardens of the Élysée Palace. Protesters had threatened to storm the president’s residence, and Emmanuel Macron feared that the anti-riot police – although eight-thousand strong and equipped with armoured vehicles as well as water cannon – would fail to...

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