PARIS • France is embarking tomorrow on a unique experiment: nothing less than a "grand national debate" about the country's future.
This isn't one of those consultations governments worldwide launch periodically in an effort to portray themselves as "listening to voters"; if the French authorities are to be believed, their aim is to unleash a truly gigantic national dialogue, attracting the active engagement of millions of citizens, with the aim of deciding France's fundamental institutions for generations to come.
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