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Even though today was no slow news day in France (Schumacher still in a coma! Live from Grenoble!), there were many comments and lively pundit debates about a Newsweek blurb called (hang on to your seat): The Fall of France

Written by a nice lady who has relocated to a posh Paris neighborhood some years ago, who really, really, loooove Paris, but the taxes are just, oh, so terrible, and sky high, you know, truly unbearable and driving all talented French people to South Kensington, just like (I kid you not) Louis XIV drove the French protestants to Berlin in the late 17th century...

Not to mention that in her Paris derelict hood, "A half liter of milk [...] costs nearly $4 - the price of a gallon in an American store.". That would be about €6 a liter: meanwhile, every else in the country, even organic milk can be had for under €1 a liter....

A colleague mentioned the item today at the office which gave me the opportunity to explain the "Foreign correspondent syndrome" concept.

Some smart asses at "Le Petit Journal", a sort of French Jon Stewart's fake news show tried to sell milk in the streets of Paris for €6 a liter bottle (they managed to foist it onto a few people, including unsuspecting foreign visitors). At least, a good laugh was had by all.

by Bernard on Mon Jan 6th, 2014 at 05:26:15 PM EST

There's a very good reply by Anne Sinclair at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/anne-sinclair/article-newsweek-france_b_4547107.html

The decodeurs of Le Monde take it apart at:

http://decodeurs.blog.lemonde.fr/2014/01/06/the-fall-of-newsweek/

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Mon Jan 6th, 2014 at 06:25:50 PM EST
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That's hilarious. "Grey hand of socialism" indeed.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 7th, 2014 at 05:26:38 AM EST
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And to think I used to subscribe to newsweek... But that was 20 years ago...

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 7th, 2014 at 05:51:50 AM EST
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We all make mistakes. I used to subscribe to the New York Times and to Die Zeit.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 7th, 2014 at 05:54:17 AM EST
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An ET regular who shall be nameless went into a store in a similarly derelict Paris neighbourhood and came out with a similarly expensive half-litre of milk.

Only then did said ETer notice it was a carton of mare's milk.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 7th, 2014 at 10:10:03 AM EST
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... and the beef lasagna turned out to be...
by Bernard on Tue Jan 7th, 2014 at 03:08:25 PM EST
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Le Canard
Mais le plus étonnant dans l'affaire est qu'un article aussi débile soit autant pris au sérieux. Tout ça parce qu'il est publié sur un site Internet qui porte le nom d'un magazine de légende, né en 1933 et officiellement mort en décembre 2012. Et dont le titre prestigieux, longtemps propriété du respectable "Washington Post", a été racheté, l'an dernier pour 1 dollar symbolique par un .. Francais de 30 ans, lequel entretient d'étroites relations avec une secte coréenne et interdit à ses journalistes de porter jean et tee-shirt.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 10th, 2014 at 01:08:02 PM EST
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