France: The Brotherhood

The grandeur that is Gaullism has always defied simple explanation, for it often seems that Charles de Gaulle, like the Cabots, speaks only to God. In a witty new book, The Gaullists—Ritual and Directory, French Journalist Pierre Viansson-Ponté, chief political correspondent for prestigious Le Monde, pokes skillfully at the inner Gaullist mysteries. The movement, Viansson-Ponté concludes, "consists neither of a doctrine nor of an organization, but simply of an experience lived through."

The High Mass, Sung. The most telling experience for Gaullists is to be in De Gaulle's presence, which is surrounded...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!