Magazine June 03, 2019, Issue

French Socialism Has Failed

A protester waves a French flag at a demonstration by the “Yellow Vests” movement in Paris, France, December 8, 2018. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)
‘Free’ government services in France are unsustainable and anything but progressive

One of Charles de Gaulle’s most notorious moments of public wit came when he was asked at a press conference whether “Europe” wasn’t the solution to France’s problems. After a long defense of his policies, he exclaimed: “Of course, people can jump up and down on their chairs like mountain goats and shout ‘Europe! Europe! Europe!’ but it means nothing and leads nowhere.” It seems that when it comes to health-care reform in the U.S., progressives often think it’s enough to jump up and down like mountain goats and shout “France! France! France!” But it’s not. I am proudly French,

This article appears as “All the Benefits You’ll Never See  ” in the June 3, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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