'French decline' is as mythical as 'Anglo-American success'.
The crisis of capitalism is, of course, as ubiquitous as the neoliberal diagnosis and solution. France, however, is one of the few places where the neoliberal restoration of capitalist class power is strenuously contested in the public domain - hence Sarkozy's drive for liquidation. I don't want to be a doom-merchant, but the bad news is that Sarkozy is now ahead by ten percentage points in the polls and isn't going to lose the election. That success will give him confidence in taking on even a militant working class movement, never mind one that fragments or retreats under the PS canopy. The good news? Apparently, you can only find that in a book bound by the Gideon Brothers. *glower*
Labels: capitalism, declinism, france, french elections, neoliberalism, sarkozy