April 9, 2006

JUST BECAUSE THE RUSSIANS STOPPED ACTING FRENCH DOESN'T MEAN THE FRENCH WILL:

France's problem with capitalism: A new French law aimed at helping young people find work sparked riots across the country. Many French citizens see it as a sign that the centre-right government is trying to impose a British or American-style capitalist system on a thoroughly disgruntled nation. Caroline Wyatt has the feeling that the gulf between Britain and France has never been greater. (Caroline Wyatt, 4/08/06, BBC News)

When I first arrived in Paris after three years in Moscow, a Russian friend joked that France was the only truly successful communist country in the world.

At the time, I put that down to Russian humour.

How could a nation that gave the world joys such as champagne, or more than 200 different types of cheese, possibly be communist?

These days, though, I'm not so sure my Russian friend was joking.

Perhaps he had had a sneak preview of a recent survey, in which various countries were asked how they rated capitalism.

Three quarters of the Chinese said it was the best economic system for the future. But in France only a third of people agreed.

That came back to me earlier this week as I walked alongside the French strikers.


Communism is, after all, just the ultimate expression of the French model, which insists on perfect economic security through egalitie.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 9, 2006 7:58 AM
Comments

Why not? It was spawned there.

Posted by: Genecis at April 9, 2006 12:01 PM

And leeching off of everyone else to prop them up......

Posted by: Sandy P at April 9, 2006 1:49 PM

Like most of us, the French may have believed theirs is a capitalist system, afterall they have 200 varieties of cheese and whatnots. It's natural for these French 'capitalists' to denounce capitalism which has failed miserably.

Posted by: ic at April 9, 2006 3:47 PM
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