President Nicolas Sarkozy is poised to nominate a close political ally to head France’s national statistics and economic studies institute INSEE, Mediapart has learnt. The move threatens to undermine the independence of an organisation that is the reference point for impartial measurements of the French economy, and is all the more controversial for being orchestrated amid Sarkozy’s campaign for re-election in the two-round presidential poll that begins in April. Laurent Mauduit reports.
Like the rest of the eurozone countries, France is entering a recession, according to the latest quarterly report released this month by the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE). Mediapart co-founder Laurent Mauduit argues here why the INSEE report is both an indictment of President Nicolas Sarkozy's economic policies and a warning for the Left opposition, ahead of next year's presidential elections, that austerity measures do nothing but fuel the crisis.
The population of France rose by 358,000 in 2010 to reach, for the first time ever, a total of more than 65 million, confirming the most consistent growth trend of any country in Europe. In the 12 months to January, it recorded 828,000 births, while deaths were down and life expectancy went up. Audrey Vucher presents the largely cheerful key figures from a study released this week by the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies.
The French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, INSEE, publishes a yearly 'social portrait' of France, a rich and revealing document totalling more than 300 pages. Mediapart summarises some of the key observations from the INSEE's latest state-of-the-nation study.