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After the traumas of the last two years, the French feel deeply uneasy about the state of their country. But most think it can pull itself back from the brink

By Tim King   November 2006

To take France’s temperature as next year’s presidential election campaign gathers steam, I asked a cross-section of French people to write a portrait of their country in 250 words. The result (click here to read) is a mosaic of opinions reflecting the concerns of French men and women of all ages and backgrounds, from a CEO of a multinational company to a pupil in a deprived area of Marseilles, from a political adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy to a young woman of north African origin, from a rural mayor to a top graduate of the Ecole nationale d’administration. The only common…

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