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Sarah Tinkler

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics and University Honors




France -- Economic policy -- 21st century, France -- Economic conditions -- 21st century, Competition -- France




Several factors can affect a country’s economic competitiveness, one of which being an imbalanced ratio between imports and exports. Add the contributions of high debt and high unemployment rates, and you have the French economy of 2014. While France was not as dramatically affected by the Euro Crisis in 2009, their economic recovery rate was one of the slowest in the European Union, and has continued on this sluggish rate since. The profitability of the French firms has decreased enough to be a threat to the competitiveness of the French economy: the profit margin is the lowest in the euro area. This thesis offers a few solutions as proposed by other scholars, and discusses the implications of France’s current trajectory. In particular, I focus on imports and exports, barriers and regulations on French businesses, and the possibility of returning to the franc as the national currency, and how this effects French economic competitiveness.


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