About France by Joseph Harriss

By Joseph Harriss

"I myself have chanced on France alternately attention-grabbing, endearing, enjoyable, and maddening for the numerous years that i've been right here. Being a Paris-based journalist gave me a privileged commentary publish, the chance to shuttle generally, to get to grasp the towns and cities, and to satisfy and alternate rules with a very good diversity of French voters of all socio-economic circles, a lot of whom became my friends.
If I needed to sum up the fundamental angle that runs in the course of the French mentality in any respect degrees, it might be a composite of preening delight, usually frankly chauvinistic, in being French, and infrequently hid dislike, bordering on worry and loathing, of swap. As a humans they enhance reluctantly towards the long run, eyes fastened firmly at the earlier, in particular the wonderful seventeenth century of Louis XIV. Noting what he calls his country's inherent schizophrenia, Denis Jeambar, editor-in-chief of the scoop journal L'Express, has written that France ""oscillates always among satisfaction and resignation, circulate and immobility. greater than the other eu country, it's characterised through contradictory attributes.""
-from the Prologue to approximately France"

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