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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

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