When Will France Give Up Karl Marx?

In Paris, technology is a la mode. In early February, Prime Minister Lionel Jospin became the first French leader ever to appear on a podium with a technology guru when he welcomed Microsoft founder William H. Gates III at a technology conference. Jospin's government has vowed to embrace the Internet, even if its lingua franca is--mon dieu!--English. Finance Minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in turn, claims to be a friend of high-tech startups and venture capital.

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