I'd rather make the hypothesis that "average" powers and "average" countries are more eager to try to understand and test practical solutions while observing their neighbours's political life. It's exactly what happened in France: we observe what is happening in Germany, in Spain, in Italy, in Scandinavia, in the Benelux. And occasionally, our neighbours may serve us as role-models. Even a small country like Switzerland could teach a lesson or two about democracy to continental powers like France, Germany or Great Britain.
This is exactly what happened there. Once again, France is only following Sweden's tracks and experience.
But the truth is I fear that in their current state, the United States might be too proud and too powerful to understand this lesson well. This also might explain why they could feel so politically isolated within the Western cultural world, sometimes. Because indeed, it's a backward country compared to its closest neighbour, Canada : their constitution hasn't changed much in more than two centuries. The United States, politically speaking, are the most politically conservative democracy (to the point of being reactionary) of all the developed countries. Yet, it seems that they do not want to acknowledge it, that they still consider that everybody should imitate them, and that it would be a disgrace to imitate someone else.
There's an expression for you: being in denial!Everyone who likes their home feels like it is the best home ever. I feel like that's a bit of child hood that never leaves people.
Yeah, we know, you hate the US and all of it's arrogance and pride and overly patriotic shit. You find every opportunity to slip that "Fuck you 'murica" into your posts as possible. We get it.
But America has some great merits to it regardless of how you personally feel about it and its inhabitants' enthusiasm and mindsets.
There is a reason we have a complete influx of au pairs from France here in Houston, TX that don't want to leave the country and go back to France. There is a reason people want to come here still. Despite all the flaws and negativity you see, we still have a lot to offer the rest of the world. Arrogance is ugly on anyone, but I also feel it is subjective what people consider to be arrogant in the first place. We're far too arrogant for you--but I bet Australia is pretty arrogant in comparison to Japanese culture. It's all relative. So, let's lay off the "Eff Murica" stuff and focus on the OP.
Of course even Texas has a lot to offer to the rest of the world. But the point is that you do not seem to consider that the world has something to offer to Texas (not even mentioning the US).
We also have a lot of American citizens currently living in Paris, and a lot of them are amazed by the the local quality of life compared to their home country. It's the same in Australia, and it's no wonder Sidney and Paris are often competing in "best quality of life" international rankings. Paris is a wonderfully beautiful city, but when I visit my friends at the University of Texas (in Austin), I feel no contempt nor pride, and am amazed by their work (especially about urban ecology, since the UT-Austin researchers have been historical pioneers in this field).
Neither Victor or me are genuine US haters. In fact we love your nation, we are thankful that you exist, and both Australia and France shall remain your best allies, the best friends you can ever dream of. But unfortunately, your patriotic feeling blinds you to the point of not understand why.
And while speaking of prostitution, I noticed you failed to notice the French context even if I tried to refer to it. More than 80% of the current prostitutes in France have no passports, and come either from Africa or Eastern Europe. Technically speaking, yes, they are treated, used and sold like slaves by their pimps. This is modern slavery.
Maybe you could visit us in Paris, if you want to understand what I'm talking about?
You'd be welcome.