“France today projects a sorry picture of a stagnant nation where little has changed since the 1970s, a country in dire need of a policy update” ( News 24 article).
More than 40 years ago, eminent French sociologist Michel Crozier summarised a diagnosis of what he believed was France’s main malady. “Society does not change by decree,” he noted in his 1971 book, “Society Blocked” (La Société bloquée). Crozier proceeded to roundly denounce the archaic nature of the French administration and the inability of the politicians to reform the country at a time of great upheaval.
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