The World from Berlin 'Hollande Should Confront French with Economic Reality'

The new French government may have to drop its opposition to austerity after new figures reveal that the economy is not doing as well as expected. German commentators argue that tough spending cuts will be needed if Paris wants to meet its deficit targets.
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault gave a speech on the new Socialist government's economic plans before the National Assembly on Tuesday.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault gave a speech on the new Socialist government's economic plans before the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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-- David Gordon Smith