Monocle magazine - April 2019

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France vs the world. The last hope for global liberalism? The one leader who can handle the US? Why, despite trouble at home, we all need France. Monocle’s France-themed March issue is on newsstands around the world now. Our editors and photographers were dispatched to all corners of La République to paint a nuanced picture of a country with panache, covering everything from aviation and architecture to business and bread. We find out why its navy is riding high in Toulon, where the nation’s fleet is angling for a world-leading military role. We ask why the French turn on their leaders – from storming the Bastille to turning on Macron – and see how one factory nailed it. We also ask why switched-on Americans see the future of TV in Lyon, and meet the Franco-Syrian refugee who launched a global construction firm.