How do the French do it?

#1
Would anyone know why the French are able to do things with defence that the UK appears to have given up on in the 1960s? France gets a rough time on this & other forums, but I can't help but admire the way that they have a fully independent nuclear deterrent for which they were willing to pay twice as much as ours (with 95% public approval) and they design and build their own fighter aircraft too, amongst other things, all of which rank amongst the best.

On the face of it they have a similar size economy, similar population, overseas commitments and a European standard welfare state.

Is it because they can and we can't or they want to and we don't?
 

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#2
The French, like the Germans, have a set of political 'balls'.

UK is signing with a very high voice - but noone is listening.
 
#3
Auld-Yin said:
The French, like the Germans, have a set of political 'balls'.
Got it in one!. How do you think the CRS would handle drunken scrotes, yobs etc? Or the Bundespolizei come to that.
 
#4
apart from the fact France is financially and morally bankrupt,
Why would we want to be anything like them?
Riots in most towns and cities in the last 2 years, rampant illegal immigration, Sacha Distel on the radio, rampant xenophobia especially on the radio and T.V.
oh and they leave the frogs as paraplegics too, the bar-stewards :)
 
#5
Darthspud wrote

apart from the fact France is financially and morally bankrupt,
well, yeah that's another mystery - our economy is in a lot better shape I understand than theirs, something Sarkozy is supposed to be remedying in the future so their economy can be like ours.
 
#6
They have a defence industry that caters to the needs of of France's armed forces, unlike us, who's armed forces have to take the crap that BAE churns out to them!
 
#7
doesn't help that the French unions dictated (back in '70's) that pensions would be 70%-85% of last wage.
Massive illegal immigration that makes the BNP efforts in Blackburn look insignificant.

Massively govt. subsidised aerospace industry and masses of Franco-German cooperation for ground forces equipment procurement
 

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Darthspud said:
apart from the fact France is financially and morally bankrupt,
Why would we want to be anything like them?
Riots in most towns and cities in the last 2 years, rampant illegal immigration, Sacha Distel on the radio, rampant xenophobia especially on the radio and T.V.
oh and they leave the frogs as paraplegics too, the bar-stewards :)
Oh, no! Not Sacha Distel on the radio!! Have they no pity, the rotten Frog swines.
 

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