John Simpson chats to Nicholas Snowman in a Paris cafe
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Why are the French feeling so gloomy at the moment?

The BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson goes to Paris to find out what lies behind the opinion polls which show the French are particularly gloomy, compared with other Europeans.

While France is facing economic crisis and austerity like the rest of Europe, he speaks to various people including a sociologist who attributes the nation's problems to its schools system.

Meanwhile Nicholas Snowman, an Englishman who has lived in France for almost 40 years, says: "This country has to decide whether it is going to be the world's best-ever Club Med, with fantastic tourist attractions and culture, and will go bust, or whether it will change its entire way of running itself and survive. No wonder everyone is worried."

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  • 24 Jun 2013