Yesterday I read an item in the French Journal ‘La Dépêche du Midi’ of April 2 2012.
It reports an interview with a French expatriate in New York. The attitude displayed by this Frenchman appears to be lacking in so many Britons Abroad. We may compare it with the experience of James Preston in Spain who displays a similar pride in his British nationality but in frustration at being refused the vote in Britain says he will take out Spanish nationality.
I have translated the piece as follows.
"Charles Dolligé, 39 years old, is originally from Auch(32), head of a business, he lives between New York, Washington and Puerto Rico
.”One never completely leaves one’s country. Though I have lived for 12 years in New York, I am more in tune with the French presidential campaign than with the American campaign.
Every day, I look at the unfolding of the campaign by internet. I interest myself in it primarily for my family’s sake who live in France but also for my job. My business buys much from France and it is close to my heart that I promote French products. In my opinion such themes are obscured in this campaign.
Since “the affaire Merah” for example, they speak only of security and not the essentials: education and the economy. How to get out of this crisis?
That is the true question. For me myself the candidate Nicholas Sarkozy proposes a clear solution. He has the stuff of a president, like Obama. And maintains relations which seem to me of prime importance, notably with the United States."
Certainly I will vote, my choice is made. I will never opt for a candidate who proposes to tax the richest at 75%. I detest this French mentality which makes success a tabou. When I arrived in the USA, I had nothing. So then, if this reform passes, I adopt American nationality without hesitation. Sure, I understand that one wishes to tax those who fly to foreign parts in order to pay less in tax. But the majority of expatriates enhance the activity, the exchanges, and the influence of France. As Frenchmen abroad we feel that we embody the image of our country. However the candidates shut us out in this political debate. It is time to think ‘World’ and no longer just only ‘France’.