The French know pretty well the African continent and look (with melancholy ?) to the Chinese presence in Africa : more than 10,000 Chinese enterprises are present there, with 90% of them private-owned, and they have almost half of the infrastructure markets. But the French are alarmed about the African dependence on the Chinese economy :…… Continue reading ChinAfrica is getting more and more serious
The French, probably because of the German industrial powerhouse to whom they compared for more than a century, still nourish illusions as to their industry.
The French President is intriguing more than one. Here, the German Philosopher Jurgen Habermas hopes Macron’s vision on Europe can get us a step closer to the democratic Europe : realism or utopia ?
Without a Franco-German cooperation, Europe will not go on for a long time.
Europe plays forcefully the Iran card against the US sanctions. Of course, the oil & gas interests are never too far behind, if not even preceding the political show.
Emmanuel Macron dreams of France as a “Start-Up Nation”, but the transition from the former national champions like Alcatel, Alstom, Pechiney or Lafarge, without reproducing again the Airbus industrial model, where the French have a strong position, provokes some serious questioning about France’s economic model. Even more so as they do not have the lead…… Continue reading French Anxieties in the Post-Industrial Age
Der Spiegel says: “Angela Merkel should follow Macron’s path on Europe”. The Germans had a kind of European supremacy during the last ten years and nothing remarkable came out for Europe. Maybe it’s really time for the French to come back in the driving seat ?