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The French resistance

Does France have anything useful to say in the debate on globalisation? The French have inflated expectations of politics but can still ask some of the right questions about the limits of the free market

By prospect   June 1998

Napoleon once sent to the Senate the flags he had captured in battles against the European coalition ranged against France. The flags are long gone, but the room in which they were installed still bears an inscription commemorating his victories. It asserts that the bravery of the French people will always overcome coalitions assembled by the gold of England, l’or de l’Angleterre.

The French of 1998 write with less flourish, but some of their arguments on globalisation seem to proceed from the same assumption: a belief that there is a conspiracy of money and business interests plotting against the French…

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