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OECD Economic Surveys: France 2017

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GDP is set to grow fairly strongly in 2017-18, supported by private consumption and investment. The labour market has started to improve. However, productivity gains are too low to sustain social protection, high-quality public services and rising incomes in the long run. Recent reforms have strengthened competition in some services sectors, but it remains weak in others. Along with high and complex taxes, this weighs on employment and productivity growth. Poverty is low overall. Yet, many youngsters and low-skilled workers are excluded from the labour market, especially when they live in poor neighbourhoods.  Health-care quality is high, but insufficient support for prevention, a lack of coordination among providers and generous coverage of expenditures for most households result in excessive use and spending. A long-term strategy is needed to reduce public expenditure without endangering social protection so as to allow lower taxes with sustainable public finances. Increasing the focus on infrastructure and education spending for the poor would improve equity. This Survey also makes recommendations to foster an inclusive development of skills and employment that will lead to stronger productivity growth and higher living standards.

SPECIAL FEATURES: POOR NEIGHBOURHOODS; HEALTH CARE

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Basic Statistics of France, 2016

(Numbers in parentheses refer to the OECD average)

This Survey is published on the responsibility of the Economic and Development Review Committee of the OECD, which is charged with the examination of the economic situation of member countries.The economic situation and policies of France were reviewed by the Committee on 13 July 2017. The draft report was then revised in the light of the discussions and given final approval as the agreed report of the whole Committee on 1 August 2017.The Secretariat’s draft report was prepared for the Committee by Ms. Nicola Brandt, Mr. Antoine Goujard and Mr. Pierre Guérin under the supervision of Mr. Peter Jarrett. Research assistance was provided by Mr. Patrizio Sicari. Editorial assistance was provided by Ms. Claude-Annie Manga-Collard. The previous Survey of France was issued in March 2015.

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