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I am of dual nationality, French and British, and have been educated in both Britain and France. After taking GCE "A" levels I went to the University of Reading from whence I graduated with a degree in French. I then taught at the University of Bordeaux for two years and took a Licence ès Lettres whilst I was there, prior to returning to Reading to finish my Ph.D thesis entitled Les mouvements politiques de défense religieuse, a study of an aspect of French political history during the nineteenth century. I joined the French department in Swansea in 1968, and was appointed French Honorary Consul in 1993. The honour of  Chevalier des Palmes Académiques was bestowed on me by the French government in the Journal Officiel of 2 October 1999.

Research Interests

My research interests are mainly in the field of French politics, past and present, but also include French law, Balzac and Benjamin Constant.



Addinall. N.(ed.) French Political Parties, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1995.

Addinall. N. From Absolutism to Socialism: a study of the major political thinkers in France from the 17th century to the early 20th century, Edwin Mellen Press, 2004.

Articles in journals

‘Charles Chesnelong et le Comité de Défense religieuse’, Ecrits de Paris, 1968, pp.68-73.

‘La tentative de formation de parti catholique de 1885’, Ecrits de Paris, 1977, pp.68-73.

‘L’Union de la France chrétienne’, Ecrits de Paris, 1980, pp. 68-73.

‘The attempts at forming a Catholic Party in France 1879- 1892’ in Chadwick, K. and Cooke, P. (eds.) , Religion in Modern Contemporary France, University of Portsmouth, 1998, pp. 5-12.


I regularly write reviews for Modern Language Review and French Studies.