1. Is it correct to consider trop d'inégalités as a third-person subject? I guess it might be a syllepse...

  2. Then why can I say

    Jean, il est grand.

    and not

    Trop d'inégalités, il n'est pas souhaitable.


  3. Would you have examples of similar structures?

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  1. Indeed, “trop d'inégalités” is the subject of the verb “nuire”.

  2. You can form a similar sentence with a dislocated subject, but the adequate pronoun is ce in this case (and cela or ça for most other verbs) :

    Trop d'inégalités, ce n'est pas souhaitable.

  3. If your question is about atypical subjects, you may notice that infinitive clauses can also be used as subjects:

    Nourrir les pigeons a été interdit par arrêté municipal.
    Nourrir les pigeons, c'est interdit.

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