France Insider/Paul Ben-Itzak

January 16, 2008

A Nation of …

Filed under: Uncategorized — franceblogger @ 4:04 pm

“…” because one of the first things to bite the dust — or mordu le poussiere as the French say — in Internet communications was Irony, so I can’t actually headline this item “a Nation of B******s” even if I don’t mean it pejoratively. Au contraire! I love that in what is in many ways a Nation of Catholics, the big news in the latest census study here is that last year, for the first time, more children were born out of wedlock than in it. I’ve never met a country that is so conformist and at the same time its antithesis. And just when you think you understand the distinctions — conservative in family structure, radical in political variety for instance — they do something that confounds your theory.

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