Ideas | May 28, 2009 | 54:01

Gilbert Reid's France - Part 3

France is capricious and contradictory; she’s traditional and revolutionary; she’s archaic and ultra-modern. She exalts in joie-de-vivre and pops anti-depressants. She disdains the vulgar marketplace, but sells her aircraft, haute couture, wines, and nuclear plants around the world. She is not a nation - she is a civilization. In this 5-part series, broadcaster Gilbert Reid explores whether France - and her charms - can survive the 21st century.

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