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December 18, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

UNDERSTANDING FRANCE....Interested in France? David Bell says that Arthur Goldhammer's blog French Politics "has a fair claim to be offering the best commentary on France available in the English language today." Just thought I'd pass that along.

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They were right about Iraq, and we were wrong. That's everything I need to know.

Oh, that and they make some pretty good cheese.

Posted by: Chocolate Thunder on December 18, 2007 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK

For a center to left-of-center (in Euro terms) blog about all of Europe, I strongly recommend A Fistful of Euros:

http://fistfulofeuros.net/

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on December 18, 2007 at 2:24 PM | PERMALINK

I know this about France: French President Nicolas Sarkozy is doing Carla Bruni. Carla Bruni wouldn't do George Bush on a bet. I like that about France.

Posted by: steve duncan on December 18, 2007 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

"David Bell says..."

You mean David Bell of TNR. So, no thanks.

Posted by: luci on December 18, 2007 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

There's a general rule of thumb that says the French are automatically leftwing, so putative liberals tend to assume that Sarko & Co. are automatically OK. (They're "to the left" of anyone in the USA, right?)

In fact, within its own terms and its own semiotics, France is about as conservative as the USA. It is NOT socialist, any more than the Labour Party (UK) is socialist, and indeed, France is among the very last of the OECD countries to implement a national health care policy (the USA being the last).

I used to regard Sarko as being a little like Rudy Giuliani, but any comparison with RG is too odious to bear any weight now.

Posted by: James R MacLean on December 18, 2007 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

I never assumed that Sarkozy was "automatically OK." That's a pretty wide assumption you make there James R MacLean.

Whatev, alors. They crush up some pretty good wine there too I hear. On the minus side, there's the inexplicable popularity of Jerry Lewis.

Posted by: L'Thunder au Chocolat on December 18, 2007 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

Not interested. Thanks anyway.

Posted by: Luther on December 18, 2007 at 2:56 PM | PERMALINK

I never assumed that Sarkozy was "automatically OK." That's a pretty wide assumption you make there James R MacLean.

Are you a merely a putative liberal, or a genuine one?

Posted by: James R MacLean on December 18, 2007 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

The Real Thing, like Coke. Et vous?

Posted by: Chocolate Thunder on December 18, 2007 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

They like Jerry Lewis because he's actually pretty much a comic genius and a damn good filmmaker. They appreciate his attention to craft and art. I don't quite know why he has such a bad reputation in the U.S. quite frankly.

Posted by: Inaudible Nonsense on December 18, 2007 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

In fact, within its own terms and its own semiotics, France is about as conservative as the USA.

Within my own terms & my own semiotics, I'm the King of France. Now shush. The King wants more cheese.

Posted by: junebug on December 18, 2007 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

Speaking of comic geniuses (and I didn't know we were):

Oui oui, your highness?

Posted by: Chocolate Thunder on December 18, 2007 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

For France, I like http://frogsmoke.com/ and, of couse, http://fillessourires.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Tony Gualtieri on December 18, 2007 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

Speaking from France : Arthur Goldhammer is among the very, very, very few US commentators who "gets it" on the subject of France.

So yes, a useful antidote to the common idiocy of the US press about the country.

Posted by: yabonn on December 18, 2007 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

Inaudible Nonsense: "I don't quite know why [Jerry Lewis] has such a bad reputation in the U.S. quite frankly."

Three words: The Nutty Professor.

However, to be fair, I did find Jerry Lewis' snide and sinister performance as the kidnap victim-cum-major fuckin' asshole in Martin Scorsese's disturbing 1983 film The King of Comedy to be quite compelling. He more than held his own with co-stars Robert De Niro and Sandra Bernhardt, and the truth be told probably deserved an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Scorsese really gave him the opportunity to shine, and like the late Alan King in Casino, Lewis took advantage of it.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on December 18, 2007 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

Does anyone know if there is a similar blog on Germany?

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