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One of the unusual offshoots of the Vigipirate program involved the closing of the crypts of many of France’s medieval churches to visitors, partly in fear of a terrorist bomb attack on national historic treasures. indd 23 8/31/10 10:19 PM8/31/10 10:19 PM FRANCE IN DEPTH Looking Back at France 2 In the latest power struggle between the Conservatives and the Socialists, in the spring of 1998, Conservatives were ousted in a majority of France’s regional provinces, amounting to a powerful endorsement for Prime Minister Lionel Jospin’s Socialist-led government.

The French had little to do with this movement, which started in Italy and was picked up only in Germany and the Low Countries. However, many Renaissance treasures are in French museums, thanks to collectors such as François I. Not until the 17th-century baroque did a few French masters emerge. This period is hard to pin down. In some ways a result of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, it reaffirmed spirituality in a simplified, monumental, and religious version of Renaissance ideals. In other ways, it delved even deeper into classical modes and a kind of super-realism based on using peasants as models and the chiaroscuro (contrast of light and dark) of the Italian painter Caravaggio.

The caves at Lascaux, the Sistine Chapel of prehistoric art, have been closed since 1963, but experts have created a replica, Lascaux II. To see the real stuff, visit Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, which boasts four caves (Font de Gaume is the best). In the neighboring Lot Valley, outside Cahors, is the Grotte du Pech-Merle, with France’s oldest cave art (about 20,000 years old). Little remains of the art of Celtic (ca. d. d. 125–500) Gaul. Surviving items—small votive bronzes, statues, jewelry, and engraved weapons and tools—are spread across France’s archaeology museums.

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