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George W. Bush

A French take on the U.S. presidential race

A French take on the U.S. presidential race

I visited friends last week in Brittany, the French province whose wild Atlantic coast resembles Northern California or Maine. And what do you think a dinner table full of smart French people wanted to talk about? The American presidential campaign. I've always found it remarkable how much attention people in other countries pay to American politics. Is it because our political personalities are so compelling? More likely it's because the decisions our presidents make end up affecting other people's lives. France has a presidential election coming up too, and most Americans haven't given it a moment's thought. But when it comes to U.S. politics, the French can...