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France says no

France is in a mess. But in hesitating to embrace the new certainties of neo-liberalism the French may have a point. The recent triumphalism of the Anglo-Saxon world is misplaced, and in Britain it may now be giving way to a less defensive/assertive stance

By George Walden   October 1997

It is said that when Lady Thatcher heard that the former governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, was planning to buy a house in the Lot, she was most disapproving. Was it true, she is said to have asked one of his friends, that Patten was buying a house in the south of France? “Oh come on, Margaret,” the friend replied, “It’s not so unusual. After all Peter Lilley’s got a house in France.” “Ah yes,” said Lady Thatcher, “But that’s in the north.” (Lilley, right-winger and Eurosceptic, indeed has a house in Normandy.)

Normandy is acceptable because it is…

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