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Who will shop for France?

At long last the French press has got back to the serious business of providing me with curious surveys to pore over, and so here are findings on planned economies or otherwise that the Plain People of France will be making next year.

Firstly, food. 23% of women plan to cut spending, whereas only 15% of men do. Artisans / tradesmen are the keenest ceinture-tighteners at 47%. There is little variation by region or education, however. Politically the far left is the keenest on maintaining expenditure, with the PCF the stand out. Greens are more enthusiastic about holding the line than voters for the three mainstream parties, which isn't very green of them. Maybe they have found an extra specially 'ethical' supplier of lentils.

Moving swiftly on, France Relecom et al would be well advised to target junk mail at 25-34 year old and the qualification-less, as they are the most likely to be nattering and texting less next year. Communists too, oddly enough. Frontistes are the least likely to cut back, as presumably they like moaning on the phone about immigrants to their mates of an evening. Trots are the most likely to be making greater use of their phones - telling friends, family etc that the revolution is just a t-shirt away, maybe.

As to clothes, women declare themselves most willing to scale back - 44% compared to 28% for men. Yeah, right. The Tankies and the Trots presumably have wardrobes full of either bleus de travail / keffiyahs, as they are willing to cut spending. Greens - hah - and Gaullists are the likeliest to maintain spending. Trots will hold the line or spend more on books, CDs and so forth while Liberals and Socialists are the most prepared to cut back. Philistines...

It is looking bad for arthouse cinema and so forth, as degree holders are the most prepared to economise on arts expenditure and Trots the least. Given the original refers to 'spectacles', there is probably a Situationist joke about La Société du spectacle to be had there.

On the upside, it should be easier to get a table in a restaurant well away from belligerent Trots, as they are cutting back on eating out, whereas Communists are far less prepared too, likewise Gaullists. Trots are also cutting back on those jollies to Cuba, if not to the degree of Frontistes. Greens are the least keen of the extreme left on economising thus, which is pretty amusing, frankly.

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