Rivals Are Howling Over French Handouts

Like a heavy drinker whose doctor has ordered him to quit, France says it fully intends to give up an unhealthy and expensive habit: pouring tax money into state companies that can't stand on their own. Its European Union partners want greater sobriety in aid-giving, while Paris itself is weary of handing out the subsidies. But first, the French are going on one last toot.

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