Thursday, April 24, 2008

The French Love Their Socialism

Radio France denounces capitalism

State-owned voice calls it 'social disease'

PARIS, France – Nicolas Sarkozy, the America-loving conservative, may be the new president, but he has some work to do changing the culture of a country largely in love with socialism.
The front door of the European news bureau of the state-owned Radio France displays a bumper sticker reading "Capitalism … the social disease."
Recently, WND correspondent Franklin Raff visited the impressive edifice of Radio France, located at the Maison de la Radio, a round building situated in the center of Paris.

All radio stations were nationalized when Nazi Germany invaded and occupied France in World War II. When France was liberated by the Allies in 1944, the new government retained a monopoly on broadcasting.
It was not until 1955 that the French heard any commercial, non-government broadcasts – at first only from the Sarre region of Germany, which had been freed from French occupation that year. Later, in 1981, President Francois Mitterand pushed the first licensing of non-state radio – though initially it was all subsidized by taxpayers. Private radio as it is known in the U.S. was unknown in post-war France until 1986.

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