We have already pointed out that on the European continent, and especially in France, people have begun to notice the difference with Anglo-Saxon political culture. Though there are Americans who deem that France is in some respects to be preferred to Britain it is significant that Nicolas Sarkozy, the current French Minister of the Interior and the most likely future President of France, is an admirer of Britain and hopes his country will follow the British example.
Yesterday, Sarkozy told Le Figaro:
“[Must we always assume] that everything that others in the world do is bad and unjust by definition and that everything we [France] do is stamped with the seal of our superior genius? Who can deny that during the past thirty years Great Britain has become a beacon in the way the world is organised? From Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair, they have modernised their country, thoroughly reviewed their values, cast aside taboos and designed a grand ambition.”