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Should France Focus on Economy or Social Issues?

Fef 2012/07/13 21:00:00
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Some states in America have adopted more liberal views on "amour" than France. Several states in America have legislated same-sex marriage, while France still maintains the tradition of one man and one woman. France has had a national debate about same-sex marriage, and the country overwhelmingly accepts it, but the government has not yet made it legal -- and won't do so until next year.

France has gained a national consensus on transforming traditional marriage, but has not found consensus on economics. The country suffers high unemployment and a struggling economy. Should France focus its national debate on the economy, austerity, taxes and unemployment? Or are social issues more important than that?

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  • Joanie 2012/07/13 21:36:05
    Social Issues
    Joanie
    +10
    This is a false choice. In the real world, it is not either/or. Governments can and should address both economic issues and social problems.

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  • David Joanie 2012/07/16 02:14:02
    David
    +1
    An excellent response!
  • Odinsown 2012/07/13 20:43:47
    Economy
    Odinsown
    +1
    The French government should focus on free markets and liberty. They should repeal all social engineering laws, get out of healthcare, insurance, employment, power(electric), marriage, school etc... And lower taxes to only pay for the military necessary to defend their homeland. Let the people handle the economy, I will bet money it would recover with 18 months.
  • JCD aka... Odinsown 2012/07/17 15:42:51
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    The overall cost of health care is far lower in France than in your country, 11% of our GDP, vs. 17% in America. We certainly do NOT want to privatize our public health insurance system.
  • Odinsown JCD aka... 2012/07/17 17:05:02
    Odinsown
    As a free market libertarian/anarchist I think you would be better off privatizing it, just don't be fooled into thinking ours is privatized. But I don't live in France and can only voice my opinion as an outsider.
  • JCD aka... Odinsown 2012/07/17 17:13:36
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    Thank you.
  • Odinsown JCD aka... 2012/07/17 18:53:07
    Odinsown
    +1
    Just being honest. :)
  • JCD aka... Odinsown 2012/07/18 14:30:12
  • wolf sloan 2012/07/13 20:19:17
    Economy
    wolf sloan
    So should we
  • ☆ElenaDiamond☆ 2012/07/13 20:19:07
    Economy
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +1
    Obviously on the Economy. France is falling fast. Another example of Socialist government gone wrong.
  • JCD aka... ☆ElenaD... 2012/07/17 15:44:15
    JCD aka "biz"
    France was run from 2002 to May, 2012 by the Right. Sarkozy even admired GW Bush!
  • Cal 2012/07/13 20:13:43
    Economy
    Cal
    +1
    Their nation is falling around them and they're too busy jerry rigging church bells up to care. What a great idea /not
  • Razoreye001 2012/07/13 20:08:52
    Social Issues
    Razoreye001
    +3
    I have faith that Hollende will solve their problems, he is incredibly smart and knows what it takes to help the economy.
  • Eli Joh... Razorey... 2012/07/14 16:02:24
  • Razorey... Eli Joh... 2012/07/14 17:07:15
    Razoreye001
    +1
    Why do you hate Hollende?
  • JCD aka... Razorey... 2012/07/17 15:44:43
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    Hopefully.
  • Don Leuty 2012/07/13 19:59:21 (edited)
    Social Issues
    Don Leuty
    Why start being responsible now?
  • Aurora 2012/07/13 19:49:45
    Economy
    Aurora
    I think France has focused solely on Social Issues that is why their country is degenerating.
  • Striker 2012/07/13 19:45:37
    Economy
    Striker
    +2
    Actually about all governments can do about economies is get the heck outta the way.
    But the French People are entitled to make their own choices, or should be.
    We should just MYOB.
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/07/13 19:45:15
    Economy
    Margaret Jacobson
    +3
    everyone has choices.........MINE IS TO STAY OUT OF THEIR BUSINESS !!
  • Mark In Irvine 2012/07/13 19:43:45
    Economy
    Mark In Irvine
    +1
    France needs to focus on both ... the French just recently elected a socialist, after Sarko, who wasn't as socialistic as Hollande is, so they'll be all socialistic for a while ...
  • Outta' Here. 2012/07/13 19:42:34
  • John Hall 2012/07/13 19:41:52
    Economy
    John Hall
    +1
    gays should have the right to marry how does that affect me or you let them be happy.
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/07/13 19:40:19
    Economy
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +1
    They're country, they're business, I guess.
  • Daryl 2012/07/13 19:39:57
    Social Issues
    Daryl
    +4
    The sooner leftist societies collapse, the sooner we can get to rebuilding.
  • Mark In... Daryl 2012/07/13 19:42:35
    Mark In Irvine
    +2
    There will always be "leftist socialist" societies in Europe ... not that i think that's a good thing, but the people there don't have the same antipathy to the concept that the USA does ...
  • Daryl Mark In... 2012/07/13 19:44:07
    Daryl
    +1
    Not always. When Islam dominates they will kill or imprison atheist societies.

    It is a wonderful feature of the USA that socialists have to lie and say they are liberal moderates.
  • Mark In... Daryl 2012/07/13 19:52:40
    Mark In Irvine
    +2
    sigh ... we're gonna fcuk up the islamo-lunatics if they try to set foot on US soil ...
  • Daryl Mark In... 2012/07/13 21:39:35
    Daryl
    No we won't.

    I know this because they are already here and we have not.
  • Mark In... Daryl 2012/07/13 23:33:55
    Mark In Irvine
    +1
    I make a distinction between islamo-lunatics and normal people of Muslim faith who go about their daily lives driving kids to school, paying taxes, joining the PTA and Boy Scouts and so on, like the rest of us do.
  • Daryl Mark In... 2012/07/14 04:30:17
    Daryl
    What makes you think I don't?
  • Mark In... Daryl 2012/07/15 00:03:56
    Mark In Irvine
    because you say "they are already here" and the only muslims i'm aware of here are the normal, civil citizen-types ...
  • Daryl Mark In... 2012/07/16 07:20:51
    Daryl
    Your reading comprehension needs improvement.

    You: "sigh ... we're gonna fcuk up the islamo-lunatics if they try to set foot on US soil ."

    Me: "No we won't.

    I know this because they are already here and we have not."


    I can't help you understand the words you write yourself.
  • Mark In... Daryl 2012/07/17 01:18:37
    Mark In Irvine
    i guess you know or are aware of more islamo-lunatics than i ...
  • JCD aka... Mark In... 2012/07/17 15:46:45
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    In all Western European countries, both conservatives and socialists created a welfare state after WW II.
  • Mark In... JCD aka... 2012/07/17 18:37:44
    Mark In Irvine
    +1
    ceci est vrai ... et maintenant, que peut-on faire pour changer la situation? probablement, il n'y a rien a faire ...
  • JCD aka... Mark In... 2012/07/18 14:32:54
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    Bravo pour ce commentaire en excellent français!
    En fait, nous pensons que l'existence d'un "filet de protection sociale" (safety net) aide la population à survivre aux nécessaires mesures d'austérité.
  • Mark In... JCD aka... 2012/07/18 22:53:49
    Mark In Irvine
    +1
    En vérité, je n’y peux rien, personnellement, étant américain … ça sera à vous autres français de changer le paradigme chez vous … et à moi de le changer chez moi …

    Merci ! je suis ancien étudiant ‘ricain d’Aix-en-Provence … qui ai retenu mon amour pour votre langue et culture …

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