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France profonde

France's elitist education system is not preparing future politicians for the complexities of governance. But some grandes écoles graduates are re-educating their peers
Tim King  

France profonde

France's two-tier university system contributes to the country's stagnation. The graduates of the grandes écoles are at last starting to tackle this
Tim King  

France profonde

There's a European alternative to Google Books. Quaero, a Franco-German co-production, takes on the Americans with a new generation of search engine
Tim King  

France profonde

José Bové's civil disobedience campaigns against GM crops are respected by many French people. And France is yet to ratify a 2001 EU directive on GM
Tim King  

France profonde

Will Ségolène Royal be the Socialist presidential candidate next year? Not if the rest of her misogynistic party have anything to do with it
Tim King  

France profonde

Why do the French need laws to dictate the right interpretations of the past? It is because of the confusion in French minds between history and memory
Tim King  

France profonde

The English invasion of France continues, but where we once wanted holiday homes, now we seek work. It does not make us popular with the natives
Tim King  

France profonde

The Nouvel Observateur, like Prospect, has published a list of thinkers to celebrate its birthday. Does it tell us anything about the state of French thought?
Tim King  

The horrors of Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq's new novel is a further dig at French literature, human aspiration and himself. And a biography of the writer tries to explain his self-hatred
Tim King  

France profonde

Without the Franco-German "motor," the European machine would grind to a halt. This suits Chirac just fine, but Germany's next chancellor sees it as a major problem
Tim King  

France profonde

There are two ways of looking at the CAP: the British view that it is a French stitch-up, or the French notion that we must protect family farms and cultural heritage
Tim King  

France profonde

My neighbours all voted against the constitution, but this was a nationalist "No-to-Europe" rather than the pro-European "No" of the Socialists. Meanwhile, Paris has not yet acknowledged defeat
Tim King  

France profonde

Labour's victory bred further confusion in France, where the word "blairisme" is an insult. The perception of British failure and decay is slowly being unpicked
Tim King  

France profonde

The French don't make biopics. The blend of fact and fiction confuses them and—as a new film about Mitterrand reveals—they are too in awe of power
Tim King  

France profonde

With a deficit of €13bn, the French health system is in crisis. GPs strike, specialists get special treatment, a two-speed system is coming and the public doesn't care
Tim King  

France profonde

Rural France, unlike rural Britain, is the habitat of the poor. While more Brits buy cheap homes here, it is dying. Decentralisation is just speeding up the decay
Tim King