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This article specializes in the interpenetration among quite a few varieties of elites: politicians, proprietors of capital, company managers, larger kingdom directors, administrators of public firms, controllers of media, army officials and the civic-cultural institution. ;
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We know from history that even an outrageously inegalitarian society which knows how to provide a societal safety-valve, can survive for centuries without creating a true ruling class. How are the various elite categories recruited in France? ” Recent research provide alternatives to this view. Surveys in 1996 conducted by a financial monthly magazine, Challenges, already referred to, ranked the 500 largest professional patrimonies, counting only the capital invested in enterprises, and excluding the investment of other forms of property not involved in economic activities.
Balladur in the Matignon palace. How can such a predominance of aristocratic names at the heights of the Republic be explained? Should we see here a grain of anachronistic vanity or some hereditary trait? 2 2 General de Gaulle surrounded himself with quite a number of military officers whose names carried the particule de: generals de Lattre, de Hautecloque, de Monsabert, de Larminat, the admiral d’Argenlieu. He gave his daughter in marriage to colonel de Boissieu Is there a Ruling Class in France?
Defeated deputies reappear as candidates at the following elections. Ex-deputies are still visible, long after their electoral defeat, at conventions of their party or on local councils. This slide into obscurity is not unique to professional politicians. It is even more dramatic for singers, movie-stars, athletes and choreographers. High civil servants appointed by the discretionary power of the government can also fall precipitously from the spotlight to an obscure office. If we add up the three periods in a political career, in most cases its longevity is tripled.