Friday 23 June 2017

Upset in France would have bigger impact here than Brexit or Trump

France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen poses in front of a poster for her 2017 French presidential election campaign (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)
France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen poses in front of a poster for her 2017 French presidential election campaign (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

For those of us who love all things French, one of the most beguiling aspects about Frenchness is what the French themselves call "French exceptionalism". This is the notion that France is an exception.

The French eat lots but are skinny, they smoke heavily but have the same level of cancer as others, they drink but don't get hammered and when they play sport, they are flamboyant and daring. France's literature, arts, cinema and philosophy is unique. The French work only 35 hours a week yet produce more per head than the work-obsessed British. French trade unions strike at a moment's notice and, of course, its presidents should have at least two lovers to be taken seriously.

Yes, the French are different.

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