Photo Gallery: The Nostalgic Nation
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Photo Gallery: The Nostalgic Nation

Nostalgic and Narcissistic France's Obsession with the Past Hinders Reform

France is a deeply nostalgic and narcissistic country which is also, precisely for those reasons, very charming. The country would like to be part of Europe's north, but its heart belongs in the south. It will take more than navel-gazing to get the nation through the euro crisis unscathed.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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