Speaking of The Economist: It's hilarious how they just can't stand France. It's too socialist. Half the French labour force works for the government, either directly or indirectly. Not enough "labour market flexibility" [the peons have too many rights].
Now, France certainly has its share of problems. But at least the French have effective and subsidised public transportation, delicious high-quality food and reasonably well-run public services. And people seem to enjoy life here. All of which is more than I can say for dank and immiserated England.