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Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I have little to disagree with what you posted, but here are a few further explanations on what I meant:

  • the debate is not about France per se, it's about enconomic policies favoring the corporate classes vs the labor, and my point was that, while it may not be obvious, the fight is very similar in the US and in France, and thus the French strikes are relevant to the US left;

  • it is about France to the extent that France is the country that expresses most forcefully a different view on economic policy, and there is a "shoot the messenger" aspect in the fight, i.e. make France look back and policy prescriptions coming from France can be safely demonised;

  • the "ignorance" comment does not preclude, of course, ignorance about other topics. But on this one, I was worried about the opinions I read from the US left about the "privileged" "pampered" French students.


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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Mar 29th, 2006 at 04:46:16 AM EST
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