Drawing of Martirena

So it’s time for my last “Hexagone Express” column, which will also be one of my last articles in the columns of the Weather, that I will be leaving on April 30. When we started this weekly meeting dedicated to France in 2016, the bet was daring: to talk every week about our big neighbor whose tribulations often disorient us. But above all, talking about it while avoiding the two pitfalls which are the worst dangers for an observer of this country which we believe we know so well: the systematic criticism of a French system presumed to be outdated, stiff, too ignorant of the implacable commercial, financial and budgets; and the logical irritation provoked, seen from Switzerland, by the verticality and the congenital presidential centralization of the institutions of the Vand Republic.

That convulsive France would be better off, in short, if it looked more like appeased Switzerland! This assertion, which logically rises to the surface, has no reason to exist. Too reductive to be believable. Too ignorant of the cultural, institutional, historical, geographical precipice which separates the Republic from the Confederation.

Yes, the tricolor political cuisine would do well to take inspiration from a few recipes bearing the red flag with a white cross. But the columnist has to get used to it. Charles de Gaulle was probably right when he said, in his inimitable tone that was both so popular and so monarchical:

“France is not really

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The weather (Geneva)

Born in March 1998 from the merger of New Daily, of Geneva Journal and some Lausanne Gazette, this centre-right title, popular with executives, presents itself as the benchmark daily newspaper in French-speaking and French-speaking Switzerland.

It devotes a large part to international news but also economic and cultural. Originally financed by private bankers in Geneva, it has been under the control of the Zurich press group Ringier since April 2015. The weather can count on numerous collaborations, in particular with The evening in Belgium, The world and The gallery in France and The New York Times in the USA.

Its site is well supplied; you can consult the latest news dispatches and some web exclusives. Certain articles from the daily newspaper are accessible on the site the day before their publication in the evening, with the complete summary of the next day’s edition. A good number of articles are however not available free of charge.

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