August 9, 2013

Why the French Secretly Love McDonald's

Matt Goulding, Slate


The only review I can find online for the McDonald’s on Boulevard John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Perpignan, France is exactly three words long: tres bon restaurant!

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August 5, 2013
A Second Act for Sarkozy in France?
Daily Telegraph
A new opinion poll in France finds that François Hollande has made such a Horlicks of things that Nicolas Sarkozy, President Bling-Bling himself, has regained much of his old popularity. It cannot be long, surely, before the... more ››
August 5, 2013
The Politics of Europe's Summer Holidays
The Economist
Europeans say their choice to take more leisure rather than income is part of a social model that is fairer, healthier and happier than America’s. They think America is the anomaly: the only country in the rich world without... more ››
August 9, 2013
What Tocqueville Can Teach China
Ziad Haider, CNN
“Let China sleep; when she awakes, she will shake the world.” Uttered by Napoleon Bonaparte two centuries ago, these words now seem prescient. Yet pitfalls a plenty remain in China’s rise. Chief among these, of course,... more ››
August 3, 2013
Why Are the French So Darn Gloomy?
Lara Marlowe, Irish Times
Since the 1970s, a raft of international studies has demonstrated the French proclivity for malaise and moroseness. The British had their bout of melancholia in the early 17th century. The Germans were afflicted with weltschmerz... more ››
August 2, 2013
Italy's French Temptation
Bedock & Steinmo, Project Syndicate
Italy is once again being gulled by the false hope that if it can just “fix” its institutions, its politics will normalize. This time, it is the French model that is enticing Italy’s leaders. more ››