This paper reports on the state of France, both internally and internationally--its relations with the United States and with the rest of Europe--at the end of 1994 and at the beginning of 1995. It is based primarily on a week in Paris when the author interviewed a variety of policymakers and policy commentators inside and outside the French establishment. Additionally, some of the perceptions here stem from conversations with "ordinary" French people during four vacation weeks in the south of France. To preserve confidentiality, nobody is quoted by name (with one exception, by permission).
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