Commentary: Once Upon A Time, Bill Gates Came To France...

Gates would be horrified by the obstacles that face entrepreneurs here

Every so often, a European politician stands up and implores citizens to act more like American-style entrepreneurs. The politicians seem to think that they can overnight inspire a nation to forge dynamic new industries. The latest appeal came on Jan. 22, when Jean-Claude Trichet, governor of France's central bank, gave a newspaper interview in which he called on young French people to follow in Bill Gates's footsteps, turning creativity into job-creating business.

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