France is continuously rocked by debates around the meaning of the Enlightenment ideals of liberty, equality and solidarity that predate the French Revolution.
Some important notions are widely shared. Most French citizens expect governments to meet the basic needs of all and promote individual expansion of talents and abilities.
It is generally agreed France should offer educational, cultural and recreational facilities to every child.
How the Enlightenment ideals should apply in the workplace is a matter of fierce dispute.