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GIS Dossier: Mission impossible, or reforming France

France used to be one of the European Union’s “twin engines” along with Germany. These days, this once-proud civilization is considered more of a problem than a solution for the European project. Its economy is ailing under excessive government spending and overregulation, its enterprises are stifled by a rigid system of social protection and labor rules, its democracy increasingly appears to be a sham. France’s last three presidents have been powerless to stop the slide.

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