Category Archives: France

New book by the French Team of EVS

The French team of EVS recently published the book, edited by Bréchon Pierre, Les Européens et leurs valeurs. Entre individualisme et individualisation, Presses Universitaires de Grenoble, 2023, 310 p. (Europeans and their Values. Between individualism and individualisation).

How have these value systems fared over the past 40 years? Is the vision of democracy as the best political system shared by all countries? Do age, gender, social class and beliefs have an impact on value systems? Are there differences between the major regions of the continent?
This highly accessible book analyzes these data and presents the results in some fifteen chapters organized around the question of social ties and political values, followed by an analysis through the prism of social groups.
The book debunks a number of stereotypes, relativizes many commonplaces conveyed by the media – the disenchantment of the police, the stalling of the social ladder, the alleged poor integration of immigrants – and provides a better understanding of the evolution of opinions and values on the European continent.

Authors: Chloé Alexandre, Camille Bedock, Pierre Bréchon, Bruno Cautrès, Claude Dargent, Bernard Denni, Nathalie Dompnier, Abel François, Olivier Galland, Gilles Ivaldi, Cyril Jayet, Raul Magni‑Berton, Max‑Valentin Robert, ­Jean‑François Tchernia, Vincent Tournier.

The introduction, has been made available in English by the editor of the book, Pierre Brèchon.

EVS Webinar Series

The EVS Webinar Series is a regular activity aimed at offering occasions for scientific exchange among values scholars. The focus of the series is the discussion over topical issues related to European values.

The first EVS webinar “Values, Polarization, and Cultural Backlash?” focuses on polarization of democratic values, political trust and political values orientations and takes place on March 4th, 2022 at 14 CET.

Our speakers are Prof. Frédéric Gonthier, presenting his recently published paper (with Tristan Guerra): How Party Polarization Shapes the Structuring of Policy Preferences in Europe and Dr. Marlene Mauk, presenting her paper Rebuilding Trust in Broken Systems? Populist Party Success and Citizens’ Trust in Democratic Institutions. Read more about this webinar here.

The discussion will be chaired by Morten Frederiksen.

The EVS Webinar Series is organized by Morten Frederiksen, Vera Lomazzi, Natalia Soboleva

To participate, you need to register: Fill this form by March 3rd.

A paper on French values by Pierre Brechon

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung released a study carried out by Pierre Brechon on French Values.

Three the main highlights:

Social cohesion is based on a solid foundation of values: tolerance and old-ruism have increased over the years, social participation, trust in others and xenophobia remain stable

Attitudes characterised by individualisation are increasing in all areas of life (family, society, religion, work, politics), but do not lead to social egoism.

A mixed picture emerges with regard to attitudes towards democracy: Despite a clear commitment to representative democracy, alternative or authoritarian political systems are becoming increasingly popularAttitudes characterised by individualisation are increasing in all areas of life (family, society, religion, work, politics), but do not lead to social egoism.
The paper can be downloaded here (German).

EVS2017 Results in France

Pierre Bréchon, Frédéric Gonthier and Sandrine Astor (Grenoble Alpes University, CNRS, Sciences Po Grenoble, Pacte ) have recently published a summary of the results of EVS2017 in France: “The cohesion of French society is not as threatened as we think“.

This post is an adaption of a piece originally published in Le Monde (2019/04/25).

The complete results are published in a book by Pierre Bréchon, Frédéric Gonthier and Sandrine Astor (eds.): La France des Valeurs. Quarante ans d’évolutions, Presses Universitaires de Grenoble, coll. Libres cours Politique, 2019. Website:

Values in France: Forty Years of Evolution.

Enquête de grande ampleur sur les valeurs en France : publication des résultats dans un ouvrage
The French team of EVS just published a new book based on the results of EVS

EVS was conducted in France by some twenty researchers from several social science laboratories, gathered in the Association pour la recherche sur les systèmes de valeurs (Arval). The Pacte Laboratory (Sciences Po Grenoble, CNRS, UGA) was responsible for steering the project. The main random sample consists of 1,870 people, residing in France, aged 18 and over, plus an additional sample of 721 young people aged 18 to 29 selected by quota. The face-to-face interviews were conducted by the Kantar Public Institute from March to August 2018.

The French survey benefited from numerous partnerships: the TGIR Progedo (CNRS-EHESS), the Institut national de la jeunesse et de l’éducation populaire (Injep), the Service d’information du gouvernement (SIG), France Stratégie, EDF, the Caisse nationale des allocations familiales (CNAF), the Fédération internationale des universités catholiques (FIUC), Sciences Po Paris (FNSP) and Sciences Po Grenoble (Pacte).

The complete results are published in La France des valeurs. Forty years of evolution, under the direction of Pierre Bréchon, Frédéric Gonthier and Sandrine Astor (Presses universitaires de Grenoble).

This text is a translation of the original text in French published on PACTE-Grenoble website.

Here is available an extract of the introduction.
Several press articles commenting the results of EVS in France have been published, as such as in Le Monde, CNRS Le journal, RFC Radio.