A passionate reading of the evolution of presidential speeches since 1958, in which we see delivery take precedence over content: the leader replaces the idea and political thought becomes a matter of communication. Read More
The 5th Republic has given presidents of the Republic the extraordinary power to be the voice of the nation. This book goes straight to the heart of the matter: the performative speech whereby words may institute or destitute, appoint, summon, declare, recount or reduce to silence.
From 1958 to 2007, the Elysian speech was to change from the linguistic viewpoint by changing its political purpose under the dual influence of the media, who transmit the message, and the presidential institution which is its bearer. The manner takes precedence over the content, what is said is obliterated by the saying. The speech defeats the statement and logos gives way to ethos. The 'I' of the president is substituted for 'the people' and his ‘me’ for ‘France’. The presidential figure supplants the idea... and thought becomes communication.
Based on a corpus of more than 500 presidential speeches and the logometric method – of which it presents a vulgarization – this book combines scientific description and interpretation of the vocabulary and the rhetoric of De Gaulle, Pompidou, Giscard, Mitterrand and Chirac.
PREMIÈRE PARTIE De De Gaulle à Chirac : le discours présidentiel sous la Ve République
Chapitre 1 / LE LEXIQUE COMMUN
Chapitre 2 / UNE GRAMMAIRE ÉVOLUTIVE
Chapitre 3 / LE VOCABULAIRE SPÉCIFIQUE DES PRÉSIDENTS
DEUXIÈME PARTIE Chirac : le président de tous les Français
Chapitre 4 / RHÉTORIQUE FONDAMENTALE ET STRUCTURE GRAMMATICALE DU DISCOURS CHIRAQUIEN : DÉPASSER LA RIVALITÉ CLASSIQUES-MODERNES
Chapitre 5 / THÉMATIQUE ET COMPOSITION LEXICALE DU DISCOURS CHIRAQUIEN : DÉPASSER LA RIVALITÉ GAUCHE-DROITE
Chapitre 6 / LES ARTIFICES ORATOIRES DE CHIRAC
TROISIÈME PARTIE Chirac et les aléas du temps (1995-2003)
Chapitre 7 / RUPTURE ET CONTINUITÉ
Chapitre 8 / CHRONIQUE DU SEPTENNAT
Chapitre 9 / LA COHABITATION CHIRAC-JOSPIN
Index des personnes
Tables des illustrations