Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
The thing is, being partially right about most things (as the French elite such as yourself are trained to be) and often with flourishes of brilliance (those over-subsidized prepa classes help, of course) but often very wrong about the fundamentals (see french elite wedded to not just the notion of the Euro but its actual fact, of course you are not touched by unemployment but your putative european concitoyenare, in spades).

But even if you all are not full of shit, which I grant you, you are very very often unjustly full of yourselves. I offer both you and your England-based co-religionist as examples.  And self-referential in terms of professional relationships, nearly incestuous. And extremely and conventionally closed-minded when it comes to anything outside the rentier framework to which you are accustomed.

Good thing for you you've got some patrimony in that framework. Most French don't. And that President of yours only accentuates the disconnect.

Congrats though in turning wind into a rent-seeking activity. After the Dutch and English (the world's first entrenched rentier classes) it is normal for a Parisian  to make his mark in the same path, as your town is rentier par excellence. Y'all may think you're making inroads, but economically you are only hastening the decline.

Not that that bothers PS folks such as yourself. You're about power, however temporary, not about growth and prosperity for all. How else to explain your miserable government.  

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Mon Dec 9th, 2013 at 09:33:36 PM EST
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If you can't stop personal sniping in your comments, please refrain from commenting.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 10th, 2013 at 02:36:15 AM EST
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