Thursday, October 28, 2010

Moïsi on France

Here. On Facebook I see the comment from a French journalist that "he [Dominique Moïsi] is telling the Americans what they want to hear" about France. I don't think so. His story is one of fearful, demoralized masses and cynical elites. This is not the view of France held by most Americans of either the Right or the Left.

The second “unfortunate encounter” is between the fear of the people and the cynicism of the elites. When one sees young high school student representatives on French television explaining why they take to the streets (in order to defend their own future pensions), one is seized by a deep sense of fatalism.