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The French Media and the Forging of a Franco-British Alliance in the late 1930s

Hucker, Daniel



This article explores the interconnections between the media in France and the emergence of a Franco-British alliance on the eve of World War Two, emphasising how newspaper, radio and newsreel coverage helped mould British perceptions of France during the late-1930s. It will argue that British assessments of France, and thus France's potential value as a wartime ally, were influenced greatly by the dominant representations furnished by the media. In 1936, such representations portrayed a polarised France unworthy of British support; by 1939, they depicted a strong and united country of inestimable value to Britain. This transformation was not simply fortuitous; by the late-1930s, French politicians, conscious of the deleterious effect that media representations of a divided France was having on their country’s prestige, endeavoured to transform the media from a symptom of decadence and malaise into a weapon of unity and strength.


Hucker, D. (2017). The French Media and the Forging of a Franco-British Alliance in the late 1930s. Media History, 23(3-4), 330-344.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 10, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 5, 2017
Publication Date Oct 2, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 10, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 6, 2018
Journal Media History
Print ISSN 1368-8804
Electronic ISSN 1469-9729
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 3-4
Pages 330-344
Keywords France, United Kingdom, Newspapers, Radio, Twentieth Century, War and Society, Edouard Daladier
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Media History on 05.04.2017, available online:


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