Economic Survey of France - Press Review


1. Summary

The OECD economic survey of France (published 17 June 2005) attracted wide interest in the French press.
The daily Les Echos spelled out the OECD’s recommendations for the labour market, including changes in France’s system of employment contracts. La Tribune highlighted the need for better control of public spending. Le Monde and Le Figaro reported the OECD’s call for further reforms in labour laws and for simplification of the tax system.
The Financial Times, under the headline OECD sounds warning over France’s government debt, drew attention to the OECD’s concern over the sustainability of French public finances. The International Herald Tribune underlined the various measures listed by the OECD to fight unemployment. Forbes online insisted on the need for rapid and full privatisations.
Spain’s El Pais and the German daily Handelsblatt picked up the theme of the budget deficit and the need for more and deeper reforms. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland) focused on the OECD’s recommendations for improving competition in service industries.

2. References

Financial Times
17/06 - "OECD sounds warning over France’s government debt"

International Herald Tribune
17/06 - "OECD calls for bolder action from France to ease joblessness"

16/06 - "OECD says French govt should fully privatise many state controlled"

Les Echos
17/06 - "L'emploi au point mort en France, l'OCDE conseille le contrat de travail unique"

La Tribune
17/06 - "L’OCDE exhorte la France à mieux maîtriser ses dépenses"

Le Figaro
17/06 - "Les préconisations de l’OCDE pour la croissance"
17/06 - "Les réformes fiscales suggérées par l'Organisation"

Le Monde
17/06 - "L’OCDE appelle la France à réformer en profondeur son système fiscal ainsi que le droit du travail"

17/06 - "Arbeitsmarkt, Staatsfinanzen - OECD mahnt Paris zu Reformen"

Neue Zürcher Zeitung
17/06 - "Frankreîch kommt um Reform nicht herum"

El Pais
17/06 - "La OCDE acusa a Francia de falta de control del gasto público y pide reformas"


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