Jean-Benoit Nadeau,Julie Barlow

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong

    supernovahas quoted3 years ago
    This association became 25,000 members strong and coordinates dozens of similar organizations worldwide.

    Given the deleterious nature of financial markets, the Tobin Tax is probably inapplicable, but the idea of taxing financial transactions has begun to gain currency among some Western democracies anyway, notably Finland and Canada.
    supernovahas quoted3 years ago
    Salaries are very rarely discussed in public in any context. When people do discuss them, they claim to earn less than they actually do. Although civil servants’ salaries are theoretically public, the system is so riddled with perks and bonuses that it’s impossible to actually know what any civil servant earns. By the same token, French tax offices have always had difficulty assessing how much money there is in the country. The switch to the euro brought a lot of cash back into the system because an estimated 80 per cent of all five hundred–franc bills were said to be stashed in mattresses and pillows across the country. When French protesters demonstrate, they never openly ask for money; they wrap it in another demand like better working conditions.
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    France is not what it used to be. France has never been what it used to be, and it never will. So we might as well enjoy it while it lasts.
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    Most European societies, including France, were built for war, and the idea of war remains in the fabric of society
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    ’s easier to follow orders than to show initiative
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    Regionalization is essentially a form of decentralization à la carte: each commune, Département, and Region chooses the degree of initiative it wants with respect to a préfet
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    France’s political culture was built around a strong penchant for absolutism, authoritarianism, centralism, and a considerable dose of intolerance.
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    The old stock French are slowly coming to accept that much as immigrants have had to adapt to France, the French have to change their idea of themselves and accept the change.
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    One of the reasons it took so long to act was that positive discrimination and affirmative action are taboo concepts in a country whose central doctrine of citizenship is assimilation.
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    Chancellor Otto von Bismarck once said that the most important phenomenon of the nineteenth century was that America spoke English
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    France, 11 per cent tax is tacked onto the price of movie tickets, the proceeds of which go straight back into the film industry in the form of production subsidies. The French are quite willing to tax themselves to subsidize their own national film production and support their own culture, nationally and
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    Aside from keeping people out of misery, social welfare brings France one other benefit: social cohesion, which is immeasurable, but vital, given the country’s history
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    The Code established the family as the fundamental unit of society and the father as the head of the family: women became subjects with approximately the same status as children. It stated the limits of property rights, how leases could be worded, the conditions for inheritance, and confirmed the right of all children to a share of their parents’ estate (a law which is still in effect today).
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    ÉNA’s active alumni association mainly serves the purpose of allowing énarques to keep in touch and help promote each other. Naturally, this means that people end up rising through the system for reasons that have nothing to do with personal merit
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    bachoter (cramming for exams)
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    knowing the constitution and the Civil Code won’t help you handle a miners’ strike.
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    gray matter replaced blue blood as a condition for being an officer
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    Ce n’est plus ce que c’était
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    All pre-university education in France has three common features: national standards, uniformity of education, and authoritative teachers.
    Assel Stambekovahas quoted3 years ago
    The French education system is specially designed to serve the interests of an extremely centralized country
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