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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The No-Can-Do French

It has been a few days since I commented on France. John Fund writes about the French ruling elite and quotes someone in the French government actually talking sense:

Jean Michel Fourgous, a parliamentary member of Mr. Chirac's Union for a Popular Movement, bemoans his party's refusal to adopt more transparent and consultative government. He told Time magazine that the country has "been hijacked by an intellectually brilliant elite that's dangerously ignorant about the economy." He notes that while the current government is made up largely of people who call themselves conservative, 80% of ministers have never worked at all in the private sector. The few who have "are tolerated, but shoved into subaltern posts."

Unfortunately, the rest of the French rulers do not recognize that their socialist empire cannot avoid double-digit unemployment, no growth, torpid industry and a continued economic slide. The new prime minister de Villepin has already recanted on a $6 billion tax cut.

As my father-in-law just told me, "They are over". Maybe JFK can replace Chirac so we can see his brilliance in action.

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