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What is the Difference Between British and French Politics?

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The answer, it seems, should be quite dispiriting for a Brit, and quite pleasing for a Francophile.

In Britain, when Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants to boost his approval ratings, he broadcasts trite tributes to an ageing, if popular, radio presenter. In France, by contrast, Nikolas Sarkozy aims to increase his popularity by interring Albert Camus in the Panthéon. Two nations separated by 25 miles of sea, and a gulf of taste: Gordon Brown has loved listening to Sir Terry along with a million builders; his opposite number across the Channel reads existential philosophy to please his classy compatriots.

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Posted by Alistair at 8:49 pm


Blogger James said...

It probably goes back to the difference between Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington.

The irony is that we Americans think you Brits are far more intelligent and sophisticated than we are. That's how stupid WE are.

Since only about .001 percent of Americans speak French well enough to know what the French are actually saying and doing, we judge them to be a nation of chefs and wine connoisseurs, and we think Albert Kay Muss is a French dessert.

If Napoleon had only invaded England instead of Russia ....

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