Originally Posted by Sulla the Dictator
I actually think that this divergence is why you see the outsized influence of Paris versus the rest of the country, which has usually been problematic.
Problematic for whom? Not for me, or for most French people.
No one disputes that Britain was the economic powerhouse of Europe throughout the 19th century. It was also by most accounts a pretty awful place (It still is, imo). Why France lagged behind Britain in industrialization is, I suppose, a question that torments some French historians. Not me. I was simply responding to your claim that free trade is the motor of capitalism.