France On the Brink: A Great Civilization Faces a New by Jonathan Fenby

By Jonathan Fenby

The one booklet that explains what has long past mistaken with the most sought after and influential international locations within the world.

Jonathan Fenby's "France at the Brink" is the simplest evaluate in English of modern day France, surpassing even Richard Bernstein's "Fragile Glory" (1990), which is also very good. As a proven Francophile, i discovered that the ebook skimps a bit on a number of the characteristics that make the rustic a great spot to go to -- similar to its foodstuff and wine, its effective public transportation, its very good museums and ancient maintenance, the heat of its humans (outside Paris at least!), and the sweetness and sheer variety of its landscapes. however, the ebook presents a wealth of aspect on a number of the country's significant ills, especially its expanding xenophobia, uncompetitive industries and corrupt, shoddy politics.
It is within the political area that Fenby is basically in his aspect, and he has not often a type notice for any of the boys and girls who've run France when you consider that de Gaulle, such a lot of whom he turns out to have met face-to-face as a reporter. In Fenby's portrait, payoffs, favoritism, cronyism, sexual intrigue or even violence appear to be enterprise as traditional between France's political type, such a lot of whom appear to be extra in prestige and plush dwelling than in making the rustic a greater position. Fenby's key aspect is that it's the politicians instead of their ordinary scapegoats -- immigrants, international impacts, or the uniting of Europe -- who deserve many of the blame for pushing the rustic to "the brink"; but Fenby is hopeful that France will live to tell the tale and remain either a cultural beacon and an important participant in global affairs.

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