Tuesday, 7 July 2009
That’s Why I Hate (Most of) the French
This is Robert Louis-Dreyfus, of the famous French merchant family. He died on Saturday. Yes, he did indeed sometimes look a bit like Jeremy Clarkson.
As well as being a rogue, and prominent in business (CEO of Saatchi, Adidas, owner of Marseille soccer club), in the family tradition he was a great believer in open markets, and was active in efforts to kick-start competition in the French electricity and gas sectors. This is a noble calling, as the majority of the French (along with the even more strategically situated Germans) are doing their level best to prevent competition from taking hold. To the detriment of all of us.
You sometimes encounter other highly competent French businessmen who’ve seen the light. If they and M. Louis-Dreyfus can see the merits of competition, why can’t the rest of the froggies ?
Posted by Nick Drew