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    French share their way through recession

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    The French are responding to Europe's stagnant economy by sharing rather than consuming. People have seen that statistically, most people with a power drill use it for 12 seconds each year, so now they are wondering: why bother buying one? The same principle is being extended to a widening range of goods and services - from children's toys to commuting - saving billions in the process. And advocates for collaborative consumption describe it as a revival of the old way of doing things – sharing, renting, swapping - but for the internet generation. Al Jazeera's Charlie Angela reports from Paris.