Moody's cut unkind, eco sound: France
Any rise in borrowing costs will be painful as the French government is already battling to rein in its deficit with potentially painful cuts to public spending."France is paying the price for not engaging in reform," said
Axel Merk, president of Merk Investments in Palo Alto, California, saying he was not surprised by the downgrade. With France's 2 trillion euro economy teetering on the brink
of recession, Hollande surprised many this month by unveiling measures to spur industrial competitiveness, chief among them the granting of 20 billion euros in annual tax relief to companies, equivalent to a 6 percent cut in labour costs.
The government had already announced 30 billion euros in budget savings next year in an effort to meet its deficit goal and is working on reforms to labour laws to enable companies to hire and fire more easily with economic swings.
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