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Ever since the romantic period, and particularly the last 40 years, there is a certain intrinsic melancholy to the French spirit.
An economist (probably not much loved in this neck of woods: J. Marseille) was pointing out with data at hand that once that every couple of years or so the French declare themselves in Crisis. One may look at this as an acknowledgement of realities of poverty and inequalities. One may also wonder if it is quite normal for a nation to continuously feel this way.
Melancholy is certainly not a motor for progress, for adding new great deeds to the History.
And it does ressemble that mourning feeling Cioran speaks of.

As to the French reverence for style and taste, one might certainly mention Italy and Japan too in there. But for Cioran, unless the latter two countries, in France it became un fin en soi, and a river winding down in pathological ennui. It turns philosophical, which is why he compares it with Greece, and not Italy.

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! (Martin Luther King)

by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot frança) on Fri Jun 12th, 2009 at 08:28:48 PM EST
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