Tear down more red tape, Mr. Hollande

Luc Jodet

By Luc Jodet, an Energy Policy Analyst at Futur Facteur 4, Paris

France’s sticky administration means reform is difficult. Return to growth may be a blip.

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A surprise expansion of the French economy in the second quarter of this year after six months of recession provided hope that President François Hollande’s policies may finally be working. During a rare one-hour interview on public television earlier in the year, Mr. Hollande promised to deliver a “choc de simplification ”, or a drastic reduction in the level of administrative challenges French businesses face daily.

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