Keyword: economic

French 'mess' threatens real civil strife

Commentators from Left and Right warn that the mood in the country is so gloomy that 'anything could happen' including 'trouble on the streets'.

Coming soon...President Hollande's economic U-turn

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François Hollande has acknowledged economic reality by accepting that France can no longer meet its goal of cutting its budget deficit to 3% of GDP this year. In doing so he is abandoning one of his key campaign pledges, and he is now preparing to bring his economic policy squarely into line with that of most other European countries, which inevitably raises the spectre of the infamous 'structural reforms'. Are their parallels with President Mitterrand's notorious economic U-turn in 1983? Martine Orange reports.