France has long prided itself on its generous labor laws, that give workers more security and more perks than in most European countries. But hit by the eurozone crisis and an ageing population, France now needs reform
High debt, zero growth and weak support at home - France's leaders have their work cut out for them trying to implement much-needed reforms. DW takes a look at the state of the eurozone's second-largest economy.
Once again, Europe is the sick man of the global economy. The ECB is opening the money channels, and the IMF wants more investment. But none of that can replace the necessary structural reforms, says DW's Rolf Wenkel.
The European Commission has signaled it could reject a French budget proposal and insist Paris meet its debt obligations. It would be the first time the executive demands a member state bring its budget within EU rules.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised France's "ambitious" reforms program following talks with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Merkel said adherence to the European stability and growth pact remained key.
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