During the Spanish civil war, the fascist Parti Populaire FranÁais (PPF) carried out an extensive propaganda campaign against French Communist recruitment of volunteers for the Spanish Republican International Brigades. This article exposes the manner in which PPF propaganda simultaneously presented a calculated, analytical, political policy favoring Franco’s Nationalists alongside a complex coming-of-age narrative built around young Frenchmen volunteering to fight in Spain, returning disillusioned, and finally joining the fascist PPF. This political narrative had three functions: to lead the PPF’s former Communist members to the party’s new fascist ideology; to construct an image of the new fascist man; and finally to portray the PPF’s leader, Jacques Doriot, as the archetypal fascist man. This political parable reveals a great deal about the nature of masculine identity in fascist ideology and about how political ideologies were embedded in narratives of everyday life in mass-party newspapers and political speeches in the French Third Republic.


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pp. 87-111
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Archived 2004
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