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[Comment] France: a philosophy for health

The dominance of English as the language of science and, increasingly, global health too often closes the door on the history and experiences of others. In France’s case, careful study of the nation’s struggle to achieve universal health coverage, together with its distinctive approach to global health, has much to offer those who seek to understand the diversity of paths to achieve better health at home and abroad. The two Lancet Series papers1,2 on France’s contribution to health, along with four comments from French or Francophone leaders,3–6 aim to correct this imbalance in the English-language literature on health.

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