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Decline of great powers - late Qing dinasty and today's France [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2007-4-25 14:04:39 |Display all floors
After all is said and done, it will still have its cheese,  all 246 different kinds of it.

Perhaps its not just any odd quipping about  the difficulty of governing France.

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Post time 2007-4-25 14:37:28 |Display all floors
Originally posted by northwest at 2007-4-25 14:04


What is this mean? that France should be out or within EU before 'death'?

Within. Europe can compete with US, Japan, China, India. Not France. It's a matter of momentum in investments, and political backup of economic power.
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Post time 2007-4-25 14:38:34 |Display all floors
Originally posted by diaboloist at 2007-4-25 14:04
After all is said and done, it will still have its cheese,  all 246 different kinds of it.

Perhaps its not just any odd quipping about  the difficulty of governing France.

Yeah. But we won't be rich enough to buy it...
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Post time 2007-4-25 14:57:29 |Display all floors
Originally posted by wertynest at 2007-4-25 14:38

Yeah. But we won't be rich enough to buy it...


But keeping up the pretense is everything...

Its no accident that to this date, despite grim economics and other troublesome signs of social meltdown,  France is seen by the world, mostly in Asia and Africa as a model of elegant luxury and high price tags usually attached to its commodities.

Then again rich foreigners from Asia usually are not likewise afflicted economically as common natives condemned to the daily grinds.  Thus can afford a rosier tint to the glasses.

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Post time 2007-4-25 20:03:57 |Display all floors
We pay a high price for our pretentions... Looking for a job in France is depressing. People are depressing, defending their castle of certitudes...
Of course food is still the best in the world, the country is still the most beautiful thing on earth, Paris still Paris & all that crap...
For tourism and luxurious goods, clearly we don't fear China. For the rest...
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Post time 2007-4-26 09:36:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by wertynest at 2007-4-25 14:37
Within. Europe can compete with US, Japan, China, India. Not France..


Just that, the pro-integration suffered setback after French rejected march toward EU in the last France referendum. It's French who rejected it!
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Post time 2007-4-27 10:45:03 |Display all floors
Originally posted by northwest at 2007-4-26 09:36


Just that, the pro-integration suffered setback after French rejected march toward EU in the last France referendum. It's French who rejected it!

Yes. Bad idea to propose it as a referendum...
Same in Netherlands, or is it Denmark?
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