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So how's socialism working out for France?

#1BvWJpEq5yPosted 7/18/2013 2:12:30 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/france-learns-speak-touriste-080242324.html

.."The problem is that in France we don't value jobs in tourism," says Didier Arino, a director of the consultancy Protourisme. "We conflate services with servitude."

The numbers show that something is amiss. With the draws of Paris, Alpine skiing and some of the ritziest Mediterranean resorts, France has been the most-visited country for every year there are statistics in the World Bank database, welcoming 83 million foreign tourists in 2012. But it has never sat atop the list of places where visitors spend the most. There, it has been No. 3, behind the U.S. and Spain, for several years.

France's Socialist government has vowed to change this.

"I want to make France No. 1, period," Tourism Minister Sylvia Pinel told reporters last year as a new government took the reins and laid out its priorities. Improving France's "welcome" was one of those creating a true tourism policy for the first time, Pinel said.

Pinel wasn't shy in linking the cultural and commercial: She called tourism a lever for growth and jobs, both of which France desperately needs. The country's economy is in recession, and unemployment is nearly 11 percent. So it cannot afford to ignore the tourism industry, which accounts for more than 7 percent of the country's gross domestic product, more than the auto industry, she said.

But it could do a lot more: International visitors spent more than double in the U.S. than they did in France in 2012 $126.2 billion, compared to $53.7 billion, according to the U.N.'s World Tourism Organization. That despite the fact that France welcomed 20 percent more tourists...

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#2Jayjs20Posted 7/18/2013 2:44:09 AM
Not so well since they implemented austerity measures, going against the advice of anyone with a basic level of knowledge in economics.
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#3Sir WillPosted 7/18/2013 5:08:03 AM
Northern European countries are doing pretty well thank you.
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#4IvynnPosted 7/18/2013 5:11:47 AM
Sir Will posted...
Northern European countries are doing pretty well thank you.


This. It's a French problem, not a socialism problem.
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#5765351Posted 7/18/2013 5:43:39 AM
Pretty great, thanks for asking
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#6BvWJpEq5y(Topic Creator)Posted 7/18/2013 1:01:36 PM
Ivynn posted...
Sir Will posted...
Northern European countries are doing pretty well thank you.


This. It's a French problem, not a socialism problem.


Really? How's Spain doing? Greece?
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#7wallyPosted 7/18/2013 1:06:54 PM
How's libertarianism going for Somalia?
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#8chaos knightPosted 7/18/2013 1:09:03 PM
The PIIGS are as much of a separate category when viewing 'socialism' (which it technically isn't anyway, but whatever) as Northern Europe is.
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#9BornIn1142Posted 7/18/2013 1:09:14 PM
BvWJpEq5y posted...
Ivynn posted...
Sir Will posted...
Northern European countries are doing pretty well thank you.


This. It's a French problem, not a socialism problem.


Really? How's Spain doing? Greece?


What do either of those countries have to do with socialism?
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#10JIC XPosted 7/18/2013 1:27:42 PM
"Socialism" is a pretty flexible term...

But Sweden, by all accounts, is a socialist state, and it did much better than France (and, for that matter, the United States) in the wake of the financial crisis. And patriot that I am, I'd be remiss not to point out that Canada did better, too. We're not "socialist", but we're certainly further in that direction than the US.
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