Compare & Contrast The Balcony by Jean Genet

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1956: A nationalist movement has been tearing apart the French colony of Algeria for two years. France has sent a significant number of troops there to hold on to the colony and quell the rebellion.

Today: Algeria has been a free, independent country since 1962, but has suffered economic crises in the late 1980s and 1990s.

1956: France is a center of the intellectual world, with leading philosophers such as Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir internationally recognized for their writing.

Today: France's stature in the intellectual community is greatly diminished. No French writer has come close to making the same impact Sartre and the like made in the 1940s and 1950s.

1956: France had a number of colonial holdings, including the troubled Algeria. Many countries, like Algeria, wanted their freedom from the motherland.

Today: France has few remaining colonial holdings.

1956: Television is just coming into its own as an...

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