Two of my children were born in socialist France. They survived. In fact, their births were great experiences: excellent medical care, wonderful postnatal follow-up, near-zero cost.
France has one of the world's most elaborate social protection systems. The ratio of tax revenue to gross domestic product, at 46.2 per cent, is the highest of all Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. In the United States, that ratio is 27.1 per cent. Look no further to grasp Franco-American differences.