Gallic Explanations

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Why is it that just before the second round of the French elections Chris Harman tells Socialist Review readers that France's productivity, along with other countries in Europe, is well ahead of Britain's, implying that the French economy is in better shape than that of the British?

Whatever the formal economics at the present time there are very high levels of unemployment among young French people and many of them are coming here to find work. So don't we need a bit more of an explanation? Maybe we are living in a bubble which is about to go pear shaped, but compared to France it doesn't seem so. To imply the economy is about to go down the plughole might not convince a lot of people, and "you always say that, don't you?" is likely to be the answer.

Socialist Review is written to arm its readers and a clearer explanation might be helpful.

Alan Watts