France asks Germany for leniency in hitting austerity goal

France pleads for more time but denies it is turning into the new “sick man of Europe” even as data points to a deepening French downturn.

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France urged Germany on Thursday to grant it more time to hit its public deficit-cutting target, but denied it was turning into the new “sick man of Europe” even as data pointed to a deepening French downturn, reports The Globe and Mail.