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Through having a respected industrial base we have greater influence in the world. In the past, we were significant providers of infrastructure. But what happens today when a country such as China or India wants to discuss improvements in its infrastructure? It talks to Bombardier, Siemens and Alstom about railways; Alstom, Siemens and General Electric about power generation; Areva, GE and Westinghouse about nuclear power; Boeing or Airbus about aircraft; and Dubai Ports, Hutchison Whampoa, AP Moller-Maersk or PSA Singapore about ports.

Hmmm... lots of French companies there. With Bouygues, Vinci, EDF, Suez not even mentioned.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Apr 30th, 2008 at 09:56:29 AM EST

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