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Le Figaro - France | 04/11/2015

Moderation the wrong weapon against climate change

The often cited concept of economic contraction to fight climate change is not a good idea, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes in view of the high unemployment rate in the EU: "How to sell this outdated Malthusian idea to a Europe where no less than 23 million are now unemployed? How to explain to the masses of jobless people (twice the population of Belgium) that more factories and power plants will have to be closed and that petrol-fuelled cars will no longer be produced? The only reasonable solution to this problem once again lies in innovation, as is shown by the numerous young companies either looking to bury CO2 in the ground, to transform solar energy into megawatts, or to use waste to make new materials. Rather than introducing norms and regulations and having people believe they're saving the planet, the environmentalist know-it-alls should take off their hats to these inventors of a clean future."

Le Figaro - France | 29/07/2015

Schäuble would be a dream PM for France

In an interview in mid-July German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble mentioned his resignation as an option in the dispute with Angela Merkel over what to do with Greece. The conservative daily Le Figaro would like to see the politician in a new role: "It would be divine to ask him to work in France so he could apply his methods, his stringency and his inflexibility here. Because these are the qualities that are so lacking in our politicians. … He loves France. And because he loves our country he certainly doesn't want to see it as the sick man of Europe any longer. He is one of those people who has nothing to lose and who is willing to do whatever it takes to push through the vision he sees as right and necessary. One could say he would be the best French prime minister since [conservative austerity politician at the end of the 1970s] Raymond Barre."

Le Figaro - France | 27/11/2012

France will grow poorer without the rich

Since France introduced a top tax rate of 75 percent at the end of October a growing number of wealthy French citizens are leaving the country. France needs its economic elite, the conservative daily Le Figaro warns: "The richest French citizens are not just taxpayers and consumers. They are often also prudent investors. They invest their money in the shares of French firms and take risks and support young entrepreneurs who create jobs, register patents and enable the country to defend France's position in the global economic competition. This entire positive cycle is being put at risk by the Socialists' tax reform. … For this reason it is just as stupid to now close one's eyes to the mass tax exodus as it was to introduce the measures that triggered it in the first place. To strive for a country without rich people is to create a country of poor people. And these people will get poorer and poorer with each day that passes."

Le Figaro - France | 04/09/2012

Paris shouldn't look to Southern Europe

France is torn between the northern and southern European identities, and President Hollande is on the verge of opting for the wrong side, the conservative daily Le Figaro criticises: "For weeks and months, François Hollande has promised the French that they would maintain the advantages from which they benefit now, that they would not have to bend over backwards in service of some ineluctable globalisation and that they could continue producing French goods even with the 35-hour work week and record labour costs. The countries of Southern Europe put the same discourse into practice ten years ago, only to find themselves on the brink of bankruptcy. France, however, now needs to restore its work ethic, balance its budget and increase competitivity, as Gerhard Schröder and then Angela Merkel did in Germany. Rather than following Kierkegaard's advice: 'I conceived it as my task to create difficulties everywhere," François Hollande preferred to take the easy route, only to smash into reality head-on."

Le Figaro - France | 08/02/2006

EU industrial policy put to the test

Yves de Kerdrel, an editorial writer who specialises in economic issues, points out "the usefulness and necessity of a European industrial policy". It is a matter of "doing our utmost to ensure that the conditions for lasting growth are implemented in Europe - by increasing state aid to support efforts to innovate and carry out research and development, ... reducing bureaucracy, [establishing] more versatile hiring conditions and a more flexible labour market. This amounts to a strict application of the famous Lisbon strategy [objectives of European economic policy as defined by the Europe of 15 in 2000] ... A 'strategy' for which our politicians display markedly less interest than the defense of Gallic fortresses. ... And this is most unfortunate since [this strategy] holds the key to growth, competitivity and employment in the Europe of tomorrow."

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