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Thanks for correcting the links. I was getting confused.

I am not surprised by the Le Monde readers' reaction: yes, the neo-liberal themes are hammered out everywhere in the French media, so people start believing  them.

This said, I always have mixed feelings about these "things are not so bad" pleas, as they can easily slip into excuses for not changing anything.

One day, we could start a discussion over what effectively needs to be reformed (warning, loaded word) in France, if such a debate isn't too boring for our friends.

Oh, and what about Austerlitz? OK, this may have been a brilliant tactical maneuver, but it was part of Napoleon's expansionists wars and was fought far away from our borders. For the rest of us who are not history buffs, Austerlitz importance is not comparable to, say, Valmy, or the Liberation celebrated last year (and rightly so).

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Dec 29th, 2005 at 04:36:32 PM EST
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