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Latest update : 2015-04-21

'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 "Génération libre", 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".

By Markus KARLSSON

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Gaspard KOENIG

Writer, philospher and director of think tank "Génération Libre"

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