I'm French and I left France.
1. Harassment from an administration that doesn't really get what "public service" means — hassles and time-consuming shenanigans.
2. Repressive banking system. Example: to wire 500 euros (not 50000; not 5000) from Paris to Berlin (Euro currency unit system), you have to : send two faxes with the address of the recipient, the address of the bank, the amount, the reason why you send that money abroad, und so weiter. Plus the wire, even through SWIFT system, will take at least 5 days (if the bank clerk did not forget your fax somewhere en route to the kitchen…)
3. A country that is massively ignoring foreign culture and nations, being convinced of its superiority. Hence French do not speak foreign languages, and Frenchmen who leave to work abroad are deemed to be "traitors to the economy" and are instantly considered fraudsters (I speak from many example around myself).
4. A country where extreme-right ideas do reach 30 % of the votes in massively corrupted areas like the infamous Côte d'Azur, which has not much to do anymore with your average gracious coastline enjoyed in Hitch's "Catch a thief", Cary Grant and Grace Kelly gracing a Sunbeam convertible 1952. :eek:
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