Troubling French Feminist Diplomacy with the National Context

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Eroukhmanoff, C. (2024). Troubling French Feminist Diplomacy with the National Context. in: Eroukhmanoff, C. and Partis-Jennings, H. (ed.) Feminist Policymaking in Turbulent Times: Critical Perspectives Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). pp. 1-24
AuthorsEroukhmanoff, C.
EditorsEroukhmanoff, C. and Partis-Jennings, H.
Abstract

Feminist Foreign Policy is increasingly a strategic tool for states to (re)brand themselves as ‘feminist’ actors and norm-setters on the international stage. In the FFP story, states claim the intellectual foundation of feminism and construct themselves as bastions of gender equality. Yet, by imagining feminism and gender equality to be ‘homed’ in these states, FFP obscures real and potential gendered tensions that occur at the domestic level. This chapter illustrates this problem with ‘French feminist diplomacy’, a priority in Macron’s presidency since 2018, and draws on a narrative conceptual framework to trouble the narrative that France is entirely and unequivocally a feminist state. I focus on four domestic issues which reveal France’s internal struggles with gender and feminism: the ‘modèle Républicain’, the democratisation of sexual politics, the racialisation of gender equality, and the rise of (state-sponsored) anti-genderism since the 2000s. By shedding light on a complex politics of gender in the French national context, this chapter constitutes a contribution to postcolonial scholarship on Feminist Foreign Policy, a growing body of literature that challenges the idea that feminism and gender equality belongs to the Global North.

KeywordsFeminist Foreign Policy, anti-genderism, Republican model, France, postcolonial approaches to FFP
Page range1-24
Year2024
Book titleFeminist Policymaking in Turbulent Times: Critical Perspectives
PublisherRoutledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
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Accepted25 Oct 2023
Deposited31 Oct 2023
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