‘Liberalism is a French tradition’, says France’s most liberal man
Liberalism is a somewhat dirty word in France. It’s often associated with capitalism and the « laissez-faire » of market deregulation that led to the financial crisis. Gaspard Koenig is a philospher and the director of « GenerationLibre », a liberal think tank. He is not afraid to use the « L » word. In fact, he has been dubbed « France’s most liberal man » by the media.
Koenig argues that the French aversion to liberalism is weighing down the economy. But he explains that, ironically, liberalism « is a French tradition, which dates back to the 19th century and also to the French Revolution ».