The power in France

June 25th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

A friend sent me this. It shows the balance of power between left and right since WWII in . Too much red at the moment of course! But interesting how dominant the blue has been.

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12 Responses to “The power in France”

  1. James Stephenson (2,093 comments) says:

    But interesting how dominant the blue has been

    But of course, it’s France so they’re all bloody socialists and their blue team makes even ours look like small government heroes.

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  2. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    So much blue, but nonetheless France over the years has weakened considerably as an economic power.
    Socialism has taken hold and infected many areas of French life. So, the decline will continue, albeit at a faster pace, under the socialists, who believe in limitless spending and astronomical taxes.

    It sounds similar to NZ, doesn’t it?

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  3. boredboy (250 comments) says:

    “… France over the years has weakened considerably as an economic power.”

    The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in France was worth 2560.00 billion US dollars in 2010, according to a report published by the World Bank. The GDP value of France is roughly equivalent to 4.13 percent of the world economy. Historically, from 1960 until 2010, France GDP averaged 950.3000 billion USD reaching an all time high of 2831.7900 billion USD in December of 2008 and a record low of 62.6500 billion USD in December of 1960.

    Further the years 1945-75, being the period where the state took control of much of the economy, are known as ‘The Thirty Glorious Years’ where the country experienced an unprecedented growth rate of over 4%pa.

    More Manolo rubbish.

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  4. RRM (9,661 comments) says:

    More Manolo rubbish.

    Manolo is one of the most negative people I have ever seen on the internet. Everything’s shit, and the leftists have ruined it all. There’s nothing left for us to do but kill ourselves before the Muslims get here.

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  5. metcalph (1,407 comments) says:

    The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in France was worth 2560.00 billion US dollars in 2010, according to a report published by the World Bank. The GDP value of France is roughly equivalent to 4.13 percent of the world economy. Historically, from 1960 until 2010, France GDP averaged 950.3000 billion USD reaching an all time high of 2831.7900 billion USD in December of 2008 and a record low of 62.6500 billion USD in December of 1960.

    Such statistics are meaningless without a figure for the french share of the world economy in 1960. Only then can you say that the claim that france has weakened is false.

    Further the years 1945-75, being the period where the state took control of much of the economy, are known as ‘The Thirty Glorious Years’ where the country experienced an unprecedented growth rate of over 4%pa.

    Except that the growth figures are skewed because France had been through a devastating war and occupation and was rebuilding through those years.

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  6. simonway (375 comments) says:

    Too much red at the moment of course!

    Maybe if the right hadn’t driven France to the brink of ruin, it would be bluer.

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  7. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    There’s nothing left for us to do but kill ourselves before the Muslims get here.

    Brilliant suggestion, RRM. Please lead by example. :D

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  8. adam2314 (377 comments) says:

    Metcalph 5:14 .

    You are correct.. apples and apples.. is the only way to compare..

    What are the latest avaliable statistics saying ??. ( to lazy to look them up .. Who cares anyway ? )..

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  9. edd (157 comments) says:

    Economic growth isn’t a result of lower taxes and less regulation. Sure high tax and too much regulation can kill growth, but lower tax and less reg. doesn’t mean growth will automatically happen.

    You need human demand for growth; and when you get that demand only a riduculous amount of tax and reg. can stop growth happening. This is why the US tax rates in the 50s and 60s didn’t kill the economy.

    France is a fully developed nation, what new stuff do they want?

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  10. Joel Rowan (99 comments) says:

    Nice graphic. Would be cool to do something similar for New Zealand, though it wouldn’t be as impressive obviously since we don’t have enough tiers of government. Could have Prime Minister and the 3 main mayoralties or something though. Would be equally neat to see other countries’ political histories graphed like this.

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  11. pq (728 comments) says:

    this is NZ calling,hello Australia ,
    please take us now as your 9th state we beg you Australia
    we do not want to sell out to Europe or Czechslovakia,
    our Government will sell to anybody,
    John Key will be seen as the worst PM ever,

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  12. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,568 comments) says:

    Pq, Czech and Slovakia are separate nations now and both have a flat tax policy and grow faster than NZ do.
    I would love for them to buy up tracts of our land, better than leaving it behind for those who don’t pay tax to mistakenly think that they “already” own it.

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