The French spend approximately $3 billion a year on cultural matters, and employ twelve thousand cultural bureaucrats, trying to nourish and preserve their vision of uniquely French culture. They have led a world movement to insist that culture is exempt from free trade agreements.Creative Destruction, p.2
Twelve thousand bureaucrats to defend a culture.
But my question runs deeper: first, what is the so-called French culture? Hanging out in a cafe thinking about existensialism, deep-fried potatoes, or a certain smooching technique?
Second, what is a culture --the thing to preserve against free trade-- anyway?
Addendum: I think Asterix would be the best possible answer for my first question. Or Tanguy et Laverdure.
But I don't think Asterix and Obelix need any help from the government's bureaucrats. They know, if they are indeed competitive, thanks to their very own magic potion, even the mighty Romans would give up.