Physiologie de la France

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Physiologie de la France

By Yves Laulan
Cujas, 1977
290 pp.

The premise of this brief, realistic and provocative book is that French society and policy must adapt to the end of economic growth. He has some harsh, never shrill, things to say to his compatriots: the French army would have difficulty countering a Moroccan or Algerian invasion of Provence; France is not the highly cultured country it imagines itself to be; its police have a not unwarranted reputation for brutality. Serious stocktaking and interesting thoughts on reform, by a former official of NATO who is currently an academic.

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