Economy - overview: France is in
the midst of a gradual transition, from a well-to-do modern economy that has
featured extensive government ownership and intervention to one that relies
more on market mechanisms. The government has partially or fully privatized
many large companies, banks, and insurers, but still retains large stakes in
several leading firms, including Air France, France Telecom, and Renault,
and remains dominant in some sectors, particularly the power, public
transport, and defense industries. The telecommunications sector is
gradually being opened to competition. France's leaders remain committed to
a capitalism in which they maintain social equity by means of laws, tax
policies, and social spending that reduce income disparity and the impact of
free markets on public health and welfare. The government has lowered income
taxes and introduced measures to boost employment but has done little to
reform an overly expensive pension system, rigid labor market, and
restrictive bureaucracy which discourage hiring and make the tax burden one
of the highest in Europe. In addition to the tax burden, the reduction of
the workweek to 35 hours has drawn criticism for lowering the
competitiveness of French businesses. The current economic slowdown has
thrown the government's goal of balancing the budget by 2004 off track. The
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French in France A Directory of Universities and other
establishments where you can study French in France.
- Frogs online Great
website providing information for the French-speaking expatriate;
features information for the expatriate all around the world in French
Paris Guides Paris is our middle
name! -- Insider electronic guides to good-value restaurants, hotels,
working and living, biking, Gay Paris and more written by Paris-based
- Les Pages de Paris / The Paris Pages
The Online Reference for the City of Light
Parlor French-English Conversation
Group in Paris. Hosted by Adrian Leeds and Elisabeth
Paris Newsletter Bi-monthly free email
newsletter written by Adrian Leeds, author of the Leeds Good Value to
Paris Restaurants, with insider information about Paris, France.
for Visitors Large collection of France history links.
Club Directory for France A directory
of Newcomers Clubs in France, which help integrate new residents into
the local community through social events, interest groups and
- WebFrance International
A collection of sites including guides to Paris, food and culture.
Louvre a virtual tour of one of the most famous museums in the
Service - French site useful for the French community in the US
to Do - The only comprehensive internet guide to thousands
of free things to see and do throughout the UK,
Europe and the USA
is a "must read" for English-speaking expatriates in France.
Each site features local and international news, local guides,
classifieds, job postings, discussions forums, and relocation
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Boullmer leading Cognac brand that has a growing reputation for
quality and luxury
- More than 15.000 typical hotels, chateaux and B&B in
France at competitive rates
offer reservation access to the majority of
independent hotels in France.
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