Paul Krugman: 'Hollande failed France and Europe by not fighting austerity'

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The US economist and Nobel prize-winner slammed French president for letting his country 'be bullied as if it were a basket case'.

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François Hollande, the president of France since 2012, coulda been a contender. He was elected on a promise to turn away from the austerity policies that killed Europe’s brief, inadequate economic recovery. Since the intellectual justification for these policies was weak and would soon collapse, he could have led a bloc of nations demanding a change of course. But it was not to be. Once in office, Mr. Hollande promptly folded, giving in completely to demands for even more austerity, writes US economist Paul Krugman in a comment article published by The New York Times.