France in search of a new identity

            
 
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Case Length : 12 Pages
Period : 2003
Organization : Various
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : France, Europe
Industry : -

Abstract:

France is one of the most developed countries in the world. Along with Germany, it has played a vital role in the creation of the euro. Even in an era of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, the French believe in a strong government. On one hand, the privatisation efforts continue, and on the other, the government still controls major firms in several sectors. High unemployment, a major social and economic problem in the country, has its roots in high tax rates and rigid labour markets. France also has a heavy pension burden. Excessive labour regulation has become a hindrance to investing in France. Of late, France's stance in international politics has been sending confusing signals.

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The country remains an enigma. On one hand, it does not hesitate to criticise the US and on the other, many French companies follow a pro-US business model. The case illustrates the challenges which developed economies face in retaining their competitiveness.

Contents:

  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Economic Policies 5
The Industry 7
Foreign Trade 9
Foreign Investments 10
Infrastructure 10
Concluding Notes 11
Exhibits  

Keywords:

Country case study of France, Privatisation, Euro, Unemployment, Macroeconomics, Labour regulation, Jacques Chirac, Francois Mitterrand, Economic policies in France, Economic and Monetary Union, Maastricht Treaty, Labour productivity, Laurent Fabius

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