France the New Refrain: Vive L'Amerique

A prickly, once indifferent nation enjoys a love affair with the U.S.

"Reaganism is the guidepost to the future," proclaims a commentator.

THE CHALLENGE OF REAGANISM, shouts a headline.

"Would you want Reaganism applied here?" asks a pollster.

The French, who are as fond of isms as they are of pate and Beaujolais, have been served up a succulent new buzz word by a conservative American President. In government offices and lycee classrooms, Reaganisme has become the touchstone of current discourse. Politicians, especially in the conservative opposition, measure themselves against it. Pundits ponder to what extent it might, or might not, be exportable to France.

There is far more to the fascination with...

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