The recent vitriolic exchange between an American CEO and a French industry minister shone a light on the repeated criticism of the shrinking competitiveness of the French economy.
Stephen Taylor offers insight into the complicated world of the British Royal Navy.
Riots in the northern city of Amiens have revived concerns about minority grievances and unrest in France.
French president Francois Hollande vowed to take control of the situation, which reportedly bubbled up from police searches of local residents.
Everything happening in the US today happened in Japan in the 1980's. And when their bubble burst, they fell into a decline from which they've never recovered.