France is the 5th largest economy in the world. France is Toast–and so goes Europe, and finally the United States–whose numbers, such as today’s reported employment data are a total fiction built on a foundation of quicksand. It is all a game, a fiction and illusion. When the curtain is finally pulled back on reality, there will not be a pleasant little white haired man pulling levers, there will a cold, dark abyss.
John Lewis, that most British of retail institutions, has refused to apologise for comments by its managing director who described France as “finished” as a country and Gare du Nord station in Paris as the “squalor pit of Europe”.
In a speech in which he advised entrepreneurs with assets in France to “get them out quickly”, Andy Street described the nation as “sclerotic, hopeless and downbeat”