France: The American Challenge

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We Must Change. To meet the challenge, he believes, "we must change. We must change our educational system, our tax system, our whole intellectual outlook." The changes also involve the European Common Market, which Servan-Schreiber is convinced must be expanded to include Britain and allowed to operate by majority decision rather than being restricted by the veto power that De Gaulle insists is the right of all member states. De Gaulle understands none of these facts, Servan-Schreiber told Wilde. "He's an old man with a 19th century mind. He doesn't understand economics. He's a historic monument, like Notre Dame. If France is ever to be modernized, De Gaulle must leave before 1970."

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