My guest today is a G’Day World listener from Paris, Bernard Malige. Bernard, who works as an engineer with Renault, helped me better understand the French system of taxation and social services. If you’ve seen Michael Moore’s latest film SICKO, you already know that in France, pretty much all health care (except high end elective procedures) is paid for by the Government out of your taxes. When I saw the film, I wasn’t sure how high the taxes were in France and Bernard offered to help out. Turns out, they are quite low. If you’re an American, you probably don’t want to listen to this show. It’ll just depress you. We also talk a little bit about the French public’s view on Iraq, the USA, Libya and Napoleon.

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