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Why we need France!

MONOCLE climbs mountains, boards naval ships, and spends time in workshops, ateliers and bakeries to remind readers why France is one of the world’s most visited countries, an economic powerhouse and, possibly, the last hope for global liberalism. Just published, the France Special of the global affairs and lifestyle magazine shines a light on the economic, cultural, sporting, culinary, and design contributions of Brand France, giving airtime to those who keep the country ticking over, despite the turbulent politics of the day.

Tyler Brûlé, MONOCLE’s Editor in Chief and Chairman, said: “We decided to press play on the France Special while wandering along the aisles of the Yvon Lambert bookshop in Paris, in late autumn, just after the gilets jaunes had been out in full force. We didn’t want to ignore what ’s going on – but shine a line on what is working so well in France, and why the rest of the world needs this unique European soft power.”

Highlights from the France Special include:

•            Why the Navy still suits the French – MONOCLE visits Toulon, the first port of call to see the nation’s fleet mustering for a world-leading military role.

•            The gilets jaune are nothing new. Why the French turn on their leaders.

•            How to seize an opportunity: the Franco-Syrian refugee on the scaffolding company that made his construction company a household name.

•            Why the Americans are eyeing up Lyon for the future of TV.

•            Interview: Franco-Moroccan author Leila Slimani on freedom, middle-class violence and her new role promoting Francophone affairs.

•            Macron & Trump: America’s on-off love affair

•            Paris versus London. Is Brexit Britain on a losing streak?

•            Media’s new fixers and thinkers

•            Talking about a revolution? On 200+ pages, the global affairs and lifestyle magazine celebrates the nation as a last hope for global liberalism

Launched in 2007, MONOCLE is a premium media brand offering high-quality journalism across its magazine, web and broadcast divisions. Led by editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, it is a leading edit on global affairs, business, culture and design, selling more than 84,000 copies of each issue.

Tyler Brûlé is widely considered to be one of the most influential media innovators of his generation. He is the youngest-ever recipient of the British Society of Magazine Editors Lifetime Achievement Award and has been named Ad Age’s editor of the year, an unprecedented award for an international editor. Brûlé moved from Canada to the UK to pursue his career, working as a reporter for the BBC before turning his hand to print journalism, writing for publications including The Independent, The Sunday Times and Vanity Fair. He launched MONOCLE in 2007.