January 20, 2014

In France, Les Poulets Are Coming Home to Roost

Roger Bootle, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

Last week the French economy was supposed to have something of a re-launch -- along with the career of President Hollande. But things did not quite work out that way -- on either count. I will leave the president's personal life to others. I am interested in the bigger question of whether it is going to be possible to reform the French economy radically. The president's words sounded good to all those who think that France has to make a definite turn towards more markets and less regulation to avoid economic relegation, if not calamity.

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TAGGED: Francois Hollande, Europe, France

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