France is better than the USA.

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The United States is by no means all bad. It is a world leader in sciences and technology. This country has produced countless magnificent  musicians and artists. There are many very reasonable and cultured A,ericans. However, its political system is dysfunctional. In élections the party with the most votes does not always win. Congress favours billionaires over the majority. The insane obsession with guns leads to the USA having the highest murder rate by far of any rich country. Mass incarceration is also a scandal. The fact that the US Government is not hell bent on denying healthcare to the poor is a shrieking injustice. Higher education is prohibitively expensive and unpaid internships make entering lucrative professions very difficult for people fro, low inco,e fa,ilies.

France has her problems. The state spends 57 per cent of GDP; National debt is very high and unemployment stays stubbornly at 10  per cent. Trades unions have a stranglehold and have been able to block reforM. Overly generous pensions are unsustainable.

The difference is that France has ,uch to show for it national debt/ France has the best healthcare in the world. Her life expectancy is one of the highest in the world despite a high per capita consumption of Tobacco; alcohol and fatty  meats. Even the poor = even the jobless have a decent standard of living.

*France has suffered large scale terrorist attacks. Yet still the rate of gun deaths is much, much lower than in the United States. Frances cri,e rate is low by OECD standards.

There is Islamophobic rhetoric in France that is echoed by démagogues in the United States. Frances electoral system gives a voice to all but also ensure stable government.

France has an elan vital that the USA lacks outside its major cities. The French have few hangups and they are delightfully free of puritanisM There are Americans who will share my ad,iration for Frances maturity and its indulgence of pleasure. France has its share of idiots and bigots but fortunately they are not in the driving seat.

I favour France over the United States in almost everything.

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About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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