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Date:      Sun, 17 Jun 2001 16:21:55 +0200
From:      Rahul Siddharthan <>
To:        Brad Knowles <>
Cc:        Ted Mittelstaedt <>, chat@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: Mundie, Perens, GPL, BSD etc again
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In-Reply-To: <p0510031eb7526a4135a4@[]>; from on Sun, Jun 17, 2001 at 04:14:22PM +0200
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Brad Knowles said on Jun 17, 2001 at 16:14:22:
> At 3:49 PM +0200 6/17/01, Rahul Siddharthan wrote:
> >  Is import duty the reason most cars around here seem to be European?
> >  I'd estimate 50%-60% of cars on French roads are French (Renault or
> >  Peugeot/Citroen), 30%-35% are from other European countries, and just
> >  a handful are Japanese or Korean and very few American.
> 	In France, import duties are part of the reason.  The other part 
> of the reason is that most French people don't want to have anything 
> whatsoever to do with anything that isn't French.
> 	They buy virtually no Nokia, Ericsson, or Motorola cellular (GSM) 
> phones, but instead demand Sagem and Alcatel phones.

But they do buy Mercedes... I can't see how any aesthetically minded
person can buy the Mercedes A class, but there seems to be a market
for it.  Oh well, it looks better than the Smart.

There are also quite a few BMW, a fair number of Volkswagen, and some
Fiat and other European makes too (as I estimated above).  Yes, they
like French, but as second choice do they prefer European and
therefore not buy Japanese or American?


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