France slides towards recession
Torn between the need to reduce its deficit and reboot a stalled economy, Hollande's government unveiled plans this week to reduce companies' labour costs by six percent per year to help restore waning competitiveness on world markets, measures to be funded in part by rises in VAT sales tax from the start of 2014.
Bouzou at the Asteres consultancy said the government might now need to accelerate implementation of that package.
The difficulty France is going to have now is that southern European countries have become more price-competitive so their recovery will in part be at our expense, he said.
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