France prepares for parliamentary elections with structural reforms high on the agenda (photo: dpa)

Should France consider German federalism as it shifts from austerity to growth?

As France’s new president, Francois Hollande, considers structural reforms to shift the country’s emphasis from austerity to growth, candidates preparing for the parliamentary elections in June 2012 would do well to compare the results of the country’s centralised government with the devolved power of federal Germany.

STRUCTURAL reforms which allow France to shift its emphasis from austerity to growth will be among the hotly debated topics as the country prepares for its parliamentary elections on June 10 and June 17, 2012.

And some analysts believe candidates would do well to compare the results of France’s centralised government ...

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 Charles Millon
A look at France’s centralised system and its federalised neighbour, Germany, offers a comparison likely to be considered by Mr Hollande as he, France’s first Socialist president in 17 years, pushes for a different approach to resolving the country’s debt problems
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