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Monday, June 06, 2005

Which Country is More Aristocratic and Elitist?

France or England?

Here is one perspective [second from the end; link courtesy of MA]:

The sight of president Chirac inviting Mr de Villepin to become prime minister of a country which so proudly proclaims its identity as the home of democracy had a wildly comic aspect to it. Talk about old boy networks. Here was one graduate of the École Nationale d'Administration inviting another to form the government of a democracy, when the latter has never gone to the minimal inconvenience of getting himself elected by the public.

By my calculations, all of the last four French prime ministers have been products of ENA, apart from the just-departed Mr Raffarin, who was at the very slightly more blokeish École Supérior du Commerce....

By contrast, the last four British prime ministers include two who did not go to university at all, and none who had a parent in the ruling class. The next time some smug, ignorant Frenchman starts to hold forth on the British class structure, you might invite him to ponder this fact.
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