Secular and anticlericalist in orientation, Cité libre explored religious issues in depth. The journal met intellectual mediocrity and intolerance with a rationalism inspired by the great liberal thinkers. Cité libre sometimes took audacious stands on socioeconomic issues, yet never questioned basic social structures: it argued instead for gradual reform. It was antinationalist and, in politics, primarily concerned with the ethical issues of teaching democratic morality and fighting corruption. Its search for new values and an identity was more evident in its first series of issues (1950-59) than in its second (1960-66). In the interval, the QUIET REVOLUTION had begun.
See also LITERARY PERIODICALS IN FRENCH.
Author BENOIT MELANÇON