Political issues What are the French good at ? What are the French good at? France has always been a country of immigration. The most recent waves are the Poles and the Italians the math textbook for French children WW2, the Spaniards and Portuguese in the 1950s-1960s, the North-Africans in the 1960s, the Asians in the 1970s and the West-Africans in the 1970s-1980s.
Conversely, the French have never emigrated in large numbers, except for the Huguenots at the end of the XVIIth century. Moroccans and Algerians who stayed in France and were the first to be laid-off in the 1980s when the economy slowed down. This created major social and psychological problems for their children and, now, their grandchildren. Their life and the life of their children is as difficult as the life of all other immigrants who, in addition to that, look down at them as traitors. Most of them stay in France.
What’s good in France, what is successful, etc. Americans can learn from the French ? For most Americans and for the entire US press, the answer is probably very conventional : apart from food, fashion and the art of not working, the answer is likely to be ” Not much “. Let’s try to look at facts : I see four fields where France does well, possibly better than the USA! Being worried about the health bill does not exist in France.
In France, food is fun and food is interesting : food is not something you ingest when you are hungry. The result : much less heart disease and diabetes, much less over-weight people and more pleasure! Read about “the ugly American eater” and more about food. Europe, mostly through Spain and Italy. Read about the history of the French colonial empire. What were the reasons for the riots in November 2005? A cultural problem : the entire French vision is based on the idea that all French citizens must be equally treated.