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My article on The Princess of Cleves as a symbol of resistance to Sarkozy was published on The Guardian‘s website today. Here’s a short extract:

“Sarkozy’s personal vendetta — cloaked in anti-elitist demagoguery — has managed to turn The Princess of Cleves into an unlikely symbol of political resistance. In the eyes of many, it now exemplifies the sheer effusion of a culture that cannot be squared with this government’s vulgar mercantile ethos.”

To read the whole thing, please go here.