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The state they’re in

It is not only in Britain that public sector reform dominates politics. In France part of the elite is worried about the future of the state

the french are so fond of their state that the most critical report on it to be published for years has become a bestseller. Despite its size (800 pages) and its price (179 francs) the book, Notre Etat: Le livre v?rit? de la fonction publique (Our State: The truth about the public sector), edited by Roger Fauroux and Bernard Spitz, has been a bestseller in France in the essay category for months. The book, in both its success and failure, is a useful reflection of the French ambivalence towards the state at the beginning of the new century.

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