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The French government must act quickly, says Natixis’ Artus in Global Banking and Finance Review

Despite France’s deteriorating economic position, non-resident investors remain buyers of French government bonds – allowing the country to finance its external borrowing requirements, despite the low return on physical and financial capital. In an article for Global Finance and Banking Review, Patrick Artus – chief economist at Natixis – reminds investors of the serious trouble France faces due to its structural problems with profitability, competitiveness and product sophistication. In fact, if President Francois Hollande does not act quickly and implement reforms better-suited to employment and investment, the financial markets may soon feel the repercussions.

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