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The French malaise


What is this “French Malaise” the country can’t shrug off? Why do comparisons between François Hollande and Angela Merkel cause the French dismay and the feeling Germans are better off?


Things aren’t looking good in France. The crisis is hitting hard: 75% of Europeans thinks the situation will get worse, but this percentage climbs to 85% in France (according to an Ipsos survey). Sixty percent of French citizens think they have no control over what happens owing to the globalisation of the economy and only 41% have a favourable view of the European Union (as opposed to 60% of Germans).

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What is this “French Malaise” the country can’t shrug off? Why do comparisons between François Hollande and Angela Merkel cause the French dismay and the feeling Germans are better off?


Things aren’t looking good in France. The crisis is hitting hard: 75% of Europeans thinks the situation will get worse, but this percentage climbs to 85% in France (according to an Ipsos survey). Sixty percent of French citizens think they have no control over what happens owing to the globalisation of the economy and only 41% have a favourable view of the European Union (as opposed to 60% of Germans).

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