The Best Hope for France’s Young? Get Out

The French aren’t used to the idea that their country, like so many others in Europe, might be one of emigration — that people might actually want to leave.
Opinion. Picture: Mathieu Willcocks for the New York Times.

To many French people, it’s a completely foreign notion that, around the world and throughout history, voting with one’s feet has been the most widely available means to vote at all. Leave that kind of voting to others, they think, to the Portuguese, the Italians, the Spaniards, and the Africans – to all those waves of immigrants who came to France over the course of the last century. France has always been a land to which people dream of coming. Not leaving.

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