Thursday, February 14, 2013

French economy: "Bienvenue au Club Med!"

From the Open Europe blog:
France’s National Statistics Institute (INSEE) and Eurostat have both confirmed that the French economy shrunk by 0.3% in the last quarter of 2012 - and according to INSEE the economy registered zero growth throughout 2012. President François Hollande is expected to soon revise down his painfully optimistic growth forecast of 0.8% for 2013. In the meantime, if anyone had any doubt as to what these figures mean for France, a comment piece on the front page of today's Le Figaro does the trick:...MORE