France

France Closer to Depression

Socialism not the cure many French hoped it would be

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His tragically-misguided budget offers no strategic plan to reverse—or even to stop—thirty years of slow national decline. He offers no worthwhile measures to slim the Leviathan state, now a Nordic-sized 55pc of GDP, without Nordic labour flexibility or Nordic free markets.

He does not tell us how he will stem the slide in France's share of eurozone exports over the last decade, down from 17pc to 13pc, or what he will do about the disastrous swing in France's trade balance from a surplus of 2.5pc of GDP to a deficit of 2.4pc since 1999.