January 31, 2008


French morale hits a new low (Henry Samuel, 31/01/2008, Daily Telegraph)

[T]he real reasons are to be found deep in the French psyche, according to Gerard Mermet, a sociologist who publishes a highly respected study on the national state of mind every two years.

"Collective pessimism is engraved in French culture. We are regularly found to be the most pessimistic nation in Europe", he told The Daily Telegraph.

In his work Francoscopie 2007, he suggests that France now suffers collectively form of "hypochondria" because it knowingly plays up its economic and social ills, while glossing over its strengths.

However, the gloom had reached new depths since Mr Sarkozy's election - after a bright start - because of his attempts to reduce the overbearing role of the state.

They're conditioned to feel needy and their only support is being kicked out from under them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2008 11:40 AM
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