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Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong: What Makes the French So French? by [Jean-Benoit Nadeau]

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Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong: What Makes the French So French? Kindle Edition

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In 1999, Canadian journalists Nadeau and Barlow moved to Paris for a two-year fellowship to study France's culture and economy in an effort to understand why the French resist globalization. They began by examining this puzzle: How does a country with "high taxes, a bloated civil service, a huge national debt, an over-regulated economy, over-the-top red tape, double-digit unemployment, and low incentives for entrepreneurs" also boast the world's highest productivity index and rank as the third-largest exporter and fourth-biggest economic power? By delving into France's cultural and political history, the authors show how it all works. Chapters are devoted to the French obsessions about World War II and the war in Algeria and how these events still shape attitudes and policies. Other chapters explore the French insistence on precision in language, their sense of private space, and the effects of immigration. In an era of irrational reactions to all things French, here is an eminently rational answer to the question, "Why are the French like that?" Beth Leistensnider
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“Should be handed out at Calais and Charles de Gaulle airport to anyone hoping to get a grip on France.” Daily Telegraph, 10 March 2004 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00PIWLTHI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Robson (12 November 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1314 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 419 pages
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