France's Problem with Capitalism
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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.
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.
French companies buy up foreign firms with gusto but woe betide the foreigner who tries a takeover in France
So what do we think? Is Caroline Wyatt correct when she she says "for all its talk of equality, fraternity and liberty, France in this troubled springtime feels like a society at war with itself, suffering a deep and growing divide between its citizens."?
[Edited 2006-04-09 14:09:06]