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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France is the fourth or fifth largest economy in the world in terms of GDP and enjoys a high standard of living with a GDP per capita of EUR 24 759 in 2002. The economy is highly diversified with a broad manufacturing base and a large service sector. International trade plays an important role, accounting for some 29% of GDP. Economic performance has recently improved, following slow growth and recession in the...

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