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OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reform: France 2004

Charting a Clearer Way Forward

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This comprehensive review of France's regulatory policies and institutions provides a detailed overview of how regulation has evolved in France along with an expert assessment of its performance. Specific issues including regulatory governance, competition policy, and market openness along with two specific sectors - civil aviation and telecommunications are addressed in separate chapters.  Each chapter presents a list of policy options for consideration.  The performance and appraisal chapter compares France with other OECD countries and an appendix shows in tabular form how regulation is evolving in France on a sector-by-sector basis.

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Performance and Appraisal

Depending upon how it is measured, the French economy is the fourth or fifth largest in the world in terms of GDP. It enjoys a high standard of living, with a GDP per capita of USD 24 759 in 2002. With 59.3 million inhabitants it is the third largest country in the EU. Paris and its surrounding area remains by far the most important economic and population hub of the country, though there are a significant number of dynamic regional cities.

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