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Jean Messiha
There's been a recomposition of French political life. It's affecting us as well.feedback
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Jun 16 2017
French politics has been commented on by 95 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about French politics are: Emmanuel Macron, Natalie Nougayrède, Richard Burr and Michael Hewson. For instance, the most recent quote from Emmanuel Macron is: “You are the new faces of French politics ... it's the first promise kept.”.
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Theresa May

Yesterday a French president was elected. He was elected with a strong mandate which he can take as a strong position in the negotiations. The UK, we need to ensure we've got an equally strong mandate and an equally strong negotiating position. Every vote for me and my team will strengthen my hand in those Brexit negotiations.feedback

Theresa May

As for Le Touquet agreement, actually it works for the benefit of both the UK and France. Obviously the government elected after the 8 June will be sitting down and talking to Monsieur Macron and others about how that system we have works for the benefit of France as well as the benefit of the UK. Yesterday a new French president was elected. He was elected with a strong mandate which he can take as a strong position into the negotiations. I think it is important that we continue, and we will continue, to say that we do want to bring net migration down to sustainable levels.feedback

Aurélien Mondon

What used to be taboo has now become commonplace in French politics and discourse.feedback

James Shields

The Front National set itself a project to win the battle of ideas.feedback

Stephen Innes

A sense of normalcy has returned to the Forex desks this morning as the final round of the French elections had the expected outcome.feedback

Olivier Peguy

This presidential election has marked a turnaround in the French political landscape. Marine Le Pen speaks of a restructuring of political life, but it remains to be seen how this will manifest itself at the ballot box during the legislative elections in June.feedback

Joël Gombin

It seems improbable. The Front National is a family party, and very legitimist. But the strategy she has adopted and its principal architect, Florian Philippot, could well be questioned.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

France’s new president campaigned against narrow nationalism. That’s why his win matters for Europe. It was no coincidence that the music Emmanuel Macron chose to accompany him, as he walked in victory through the Louvre esplanade on Sunday night, was Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the official anthem of the European Union. This election was, first and foremost, the rebuttal of what could have been – for France, Europe and the west at large – a slide into a new dark age. To say this in no way diminishes the other accomplishments of Macron’s win: the youngest French president in modern history, and a meteoric rise that slickly took advantage of crumbling traditional political structures.feedback

Anne Applebaum

In his victory speech, the new French president sought to unite his country rather than to underline its divisions.feedback

Philippe Le Corre

This is very new for French politics, which are very divided between left and right since World War II. We should give him a chance before saying he already failed.feedback

Marine Le Pen

Maybe there is going to be a surprise that will belie opinion polls. We moved everything, we have changed everything already. The old traditional parties have all been blackballed. Even if we don't reach our goal, in any event there is a gigantic political force that has been born. The recomposing of French political life is, in any event, en marche (in motion). We have imposed the terms of this election. Everyone has been talking about nationalism. Our power is such that we have managed to restructure political life. We did a lot, even by standing alone against everyone else. Admit it.feedback

Bert Colijn

The economy is proving to be resilient to uncertainty both abroad and at home. Bar a surprise at the French elections on Sunday, Eurozone growth is set for a strong 2017.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

But at the same time we have to face the situation, to listen to our people, and to listen to the fact that they are extremely angry today, impatient and the dysfunction of the EU is no more sustainable. So I do consider that my mandate, the day after, will be at the same time to reform in depth the European Union and our European project. And I don't want to do so, because the day after, we will have a Frexit or we will have (Ms Le Pen's) Front National(FN) again.feedback

Pascal Lamy - World Trade Organization

In French politics, if you were neither right nor left you were nowhere. He has turned this into a strength.feedback

Gérard Miller

That Macron is today a temporary, very temporary alas, rampart against the Front National, I can admit because I'm going to vote for the leader of En Marche!, but only if we're going to be lucid: in terms of fighting the far right, nothing, starting with his programme and his past, goes in favour of the former economy minister.feedback

Angela Merkel

This term is simply absurd. We will see. I can't anticipate the discussions with the future French president.feedback

Jean-Yves Camus

French politics are not only about the Holocaust. It's an important topic, because it has to do with the memory of the Second World War, but it's not an everyday issue when you are president.feedback

Wallerand de Saint Just

After Marine Le Pen is elected, it is possible that personalities from other parties will want to run under the National Front banner. We will change our list of candidates accordingly. If she is elected, this will be a major disruption in French political life, and in other parties as well. We will be the most important, if not the only force of opposition to Macron. We would seek to be a pivotal force in the Parliament.feedback

Josh Mahony

US markets are leading the way higher, as the excitement over Donald Trump's corporate tax cuts takes the mantle from the French elections ... Despite the optimism of Trump's tax plan, we are seeing the foreign exchange trends [from Monday] come back into play, with extended gains for the euro ahead of Thursday's ECB meeting. While much of the focus has been upon a rate-raising Fed, the political cloud that is gradually being lifted over the eurozone is likely to start putting pressure on [ECB president Mario] Draghi and co.feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

Markets are surmising that Emmanuel Macron is a dead certainty to be French President in two weeks' time, and while this is probably the most benign outcome at a time of rising populism it completely overlooks the challenges facing the new French President when he or she takes office on May 8.feedback

Jean-Claude Trichet - European Central Bank

I would say all taken into account, this is an earthquake in French politics. We don't know yet how the political forces will re-establish the appropriate equilibrium, in particular, the two governmental parties. It seems to me that the success of the new government, the new president, will rely upon eliminating this youth unemployment, which is an abominable disgrace. If it is not done then we will see the populism, protectionism, you name it, continuing to grow.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Extremism can only bring misfortune and division to France. We are clearly turning a page of French political life.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

Leftwingers and ultra-conservatives could yet hand the French presidency to the Front National candidate – by refusing to back Emmanuel Macron on 7 May. Many will have felt a huge sense of relief at the outcome of yesterday’s vote in the French presidential race – I certainly did. But to say the battle has been won against extremism and demagoguery, in this key test for liberal democracy in Europe, would be a daring assumption. Two weeks remain before the 7 May run-off, and that can be a long time in politics.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

She will not be the next president of France, but I fear she might get 40%. It would be a second shock. We must remain vigilant to erect a barrier against the [Front National]. Le Pen qualified for the second round. She may have scored less in percentage terms than was expected, but it is frightening that she still got 7.6 million votes. It is too early yet to heave a sigh of relief. The election is not over.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

In one year we have changed the face of French political life.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

In a year we have changed the face of French politics. The French people have expressed themselves. It is an honour and a responsibility. We are clearly turning a page of French political life.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We're turning a page in French political history. We can't respond with the same men and the same ideas.feedback

Laurence Azzéna-Gougon

We were worrying about of course the Front National, but I'm pretty confident that if François Fillon wins the first round ... he will win the second.feedback

Ben Nimmo

There is very, very strong support for the Kremlin among the far right in Europe. And Farage is squarely in that bloc with the likes of the Front National in France and Jobbik in Hungary. And it's not going to be his normal 'Mr Brexit' speech. He's going to be talking about the need for closer relations with Russia.feedback

Lukman Otunuga

Although Macron has been labelled as the favourite to become the next French President, an unexpected Marine Le Pen victory could deal a symbolic blow to the unity of the European Union and ultimately create a tidal wave of risk aversion.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

An interesting feature of the current upswing is that the positive momentum is broadly spread across most euro zone countries and not only driven by a few strong ones. Even though on the eve of the first round of the French elections a good portion of caution is recommendable, evidence is piling up that the euro zone economy could become the positive growth surprise of the year.feedback

Bernard Cazeneuve

The Front National candidate, just like every attack seeks to divide and manipulate. She is shameless trying to exploit fear and emotion to exclusively political ends.feedback

Richard Burr

I think it's safe to say by everybody's judgment that the Russians are actively involved in the French elections.feedback

Harold Blanot

This is forgotten France. The real misery is in the countryside. In Nièvre and Morvan a few decades ago, there was small industry – manufacturing, charcuterie, textiles. It has slowly shut … The Socialists have been here since after the war, but it has led to disaster... People want to turn the page and the solutions the Front National are proposing are having an impact.feedback

Peter Boockvar - The Lindsey Group

We can actually celebrate a Fillon or a Macron victory because it would be a real change in complexion in terms of the business attitude in French politics.feedback

Gilles Ivaldi

When people think of the Front National, it's really about the policies and extremist background. The candidate doesn't really matter.feedback

Vasileios Gkionakis - UniCredit Group

Once the French elections have concluded – and assuming that Ms. Le Pen does not make it to Elysee – the political risk premium currently embedded in the euro should be priced out. Based on real rate differentials, EUR-GBP is now trading around 6% lower than it should, most likely due to the election uncertainty in France. So, when the latter is priced-out we would expect a swift reversal towards the 0.88-0.90 range.feedback

Benjamin Haddad

A Melenchon or a Le Pen victory would clearly mean the end of the EU. The French President has much more power than the American president… there's far fewer checks and balances. So the impact on the way society is organized and how institutions function, as well on fiscal policy, immigration, the EU and foreign policy would be tremendous.feedback

Emmanuel Rivière - TNS Sofres

If there is a Trump effect on the campaign, it is that in many minds, it's assumed that anything is possible. It's not unreasonable to have a victory of a candidate who is improbably excessive, and unexpected. We are in a very unprecedented moment in French politics. This presidential term will be something we have never seen before.feedback

Sébastien Grislain

French politics has become Americanised and the campaign is only dealing with superficial issues.feedback

Giles Merritt - Friends of Europe

Without the European Parliament, you wouldn't have a UKIP or a Front National as powerful and cohesive as they are now. But the fact they were able to get substantial numbers of people in parliament, and through that, funding, that has been significant in the whole populist tide.feedback

Alvin Tan

Obviously the French political risk concerns are quite large. If we continue to see Melenchon improving his position in the polls into the first round, it will weaken the euro and that will weaken euro/sterling.feedback

Ned Rumpeltin - TD Securities

It's a relatively modest reaction but there is a lot of geopolitical risk in global markets at the moment. There is Syria, there is more uncertainty about the U.S. economy after relatively weak jobs numbers and we have French elections coming up.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

The presidential favourite has chosen a difficult time to recast France as a diverse, inclusive nation. At age 39, Emmanuel Macron is a breath of fresh air in French politics. But can he convince enough voters that he can take France into a 21st century of openness and confident, diverse modernity? With the spectre of Marine Le Pen looming, a lot seems to rest on one young face, just two weeks ahead of a presidential election set to define not just the fate of France’s democracy but also the future of much of Europe.feedback

Luca Paolini - Pictet Asset Management

It's not just about Syria, it's also about North Korea, it's about the French elections, it's also about the fact that Trump's administration will probably not be able to deliver all the tax cuts they've promised. It's a number of factors and while markets are quite expensive we still feel that as long as payrolls are actually okay, U.S. growth is accelerating, we will continue to see the markets go higher.feedback

Daniel Vaissier

When he (Briois) arrived in 2014, it was the Socialist Party at the helm, and Hénin-Beaumont had a lot of difficulties, now Mr. Briois put things right … I say that the Front National is today able to do the same thing on a national level.feedback

Bob Janjuah

Some kind of tax reform bill will have to be delivered in the next few months, the market will like that. I think what the market will come and say is, Is that it? Market-wise the belly of this year could be OK. We could get a decent positive re-pricing of equities in Europe post French elections. I think the market will assume their version of Trump reflation will be a (Emmanuel) Macron plus (Martin) Schulz type of reflation.feedback

François Heisbourg - The International Institute for Strategic Studies

In France, even if you are of the extreme right, as Marine Le Pen is, you do not have credibility if you do not know how to align a subject, a verb and a complement. Trump truly wouldn't last 20 minutes in the French political system – not because of his ideas, but because of the way he expresses them.feedback

Gerard Araud

That'll be the real significance of the French elections: the survival or the demise of the E.U.feedback

Richard Burr

I think it's safe by everybody's judgment that the Russians are actively involved in the French elections. It's safe to say that we have had conversations with a lot of people, and you would think less of us if Gen. Flynn wasn't in that list.feedback

Richard Burr

We know that our challenge is to answer that question for the American people. What we might assess was a very covert effort in 2016 in the United States, is a very overt effort, as well as covert, in Germany and France. I think it's safe by everybody's judgement that the Russians are actively involved in the French elections. We feel part of our responsibility is to educate the rest of the world about what is going on because it is now into character assassination of candidates.feedback

Wayne Gordon - UBS

In the short term, the French elections make a bit of a mess of the European story. So all of a sudden you get this Goldilocks scenarios for Europe where the data is better, the macro looks better, the risk has come off because you no longer have this challenge of a potential very important election in France. And so then that's when see really the euro-dollar getting some traction there.feedback

Alex Edwards - European Central Bank

The euro has reacted positively to Rutte's win, or at least it's been well supported since the result. The Fed decision and statement last night got more of a reaction - Yellen was a lot less hawkish than investors were expecting. Expect EUR/USD ranges to be fairly narrow over the next month or so in the run up to the much anticipated French elections, arguably the biggest market event of the year.feedback

Tony Cross

A pivot to the right could be cause for concern ahead of next month's French elections.feedback

Raphaël Glucksmann

They've reached this point ... hooked nose, the alliance of capitalism and Bolsheviks (the red sickle and the cigar) ... Even the [far-right Front National] wouldn't dare.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

France is a country beset by scandals and security fears – and with the mainstream parties crumbling, anything is possible. Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National party has never been closer to power. That is not to say she will be elected president in May. When in 1962 Charles de Gaulle introduced direct universal suffrage for the presidential election, he cushioned it with a two-round voting system in which a 50% majority is required in the runoff. Le Pen seems set to pass the first hurdle, but not the second. In that case, the biggest danger lies not so much in her entering the Elysée Palace, but in her party becoming the largest opposition force in the National Assembly after the parliamentary elections in June. But don’t be mistaken, a worst-case scenario is possible.feedback

Alain Juppé

I don't intent to engage in partisan bargaining for positions. I'm not in a position today to achieve the required unity behind a unifying project. I confirm, once and for all, that I will not bid for French president.feedback

Franck Debeaupuis

It's part of French political life. It always has been.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The step that was taken, our common decision on an alliance that we took together is, in my opinion, a real turning point not only for this campaign, but also for the French political life, because it shows the capacity to go beyond classical divisions of our political life.feedback

Karl Steiner

What we have seen later yesterday and this morning is some euro strength. It will be interesting to see if the euro continues to be dominated by French politics. That has certainly been the case in the last few days.feedback

Ric Spooner - CMC Markets

U.S. stock markets are currently a great example of the old trading adage that the trend is your friend. The slide in the euro as Marie Le Penn's polls improve was the other key feature of international markets last night and is an early indicator that French elections could loom larger on the market radar over coming weeks.feedback

Diego Iscaro

Most polls suggest the Front National will lose the election. That said, polls have been wrong recently, so we have to take it with a pinch of salt.feedback

Diego Iscaro

Again, it's not impossible, but it's also not a done deal that if the Front National win, that France will leave.feedback

Gavin Friend - National Australia Bank

The French political noise has brought the euro down and that has given the dollar a reprieve, . Markets know that if Trump was to come out and start talking about tax reform and infrastructure spending, the dollar would go up. The dollar rose a long way at the end of last year, it has come back, now we are sitting around waiting for the next steer.feedback

James Woods - Rivkin Securities

The market is clearly pricing in a degree of uncertainty around the French elections, although that's not to say that the market is pricing in some type of shock political outcome.feedback

Kim Pessala - Evli Bank

We're leaning towards possibly increasing our exposure to European equities as many things look good, but there are two big uncertainties: Trump and the French elections.feedback

Gerard Mestrallet - Suez

Most were interested in income tax and executive tax on pay. Many will wait three months to have more clarity on the outcome of the French elections.feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

European markets have really struggled to make any headway today with investors once again reluctant to try their luck against a backdrop of rising political risk. Narrowing opinion polls in Germany eroding Angela Merkel's lead, along with Marine Le Pen launching her bid for French president at the weekend, has seen European stocks roll over, and that's after the geopolitics surrounding US President Donald Trump.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

The December decision has put the ECB on autopilot at least until the summer and until after the Dutch and French elections. This autopilot should also immunize the ECB against short-term volatility in macro data.feedback

Douglas Webber

It is true that she's expanded the support of the Front National very successfully in the course of the last five or six years since she controlled the party, but I think still for a great majority of French voters and citizens, the Front national remains a rather frightening political party.feedback

Kit Juckes

My overall sense is that we'll start the year eking out further gains from the post-Trump trends, before we get a change of tack. I reckon dollar-yen will get as high as it can relatively early in the year, the euro as low as it can by the time of the French elections in May and Treasury yields may get as high as they can sometime soon after that.feedback

Scott Thiel - BlackRock

In my mind the French elections are obviously the most important.feedback

Kit Juckes

A bit of a euro short-covering rally overnight changes nothing. The $1.0580 area where the last two euro falls have found resistance is the next key support. There's a huge dose of political concern to keep the pressure on the euro ahead of the Italian referendum on 4 Dec, and perhaps ahead of French elections next year too.feedback

Su-Lin Ong - RBC

The move coincided with an FT (Financial Times) story about French President Hollande demanding tough Brexit negotiations.The move was exacerbated once stops were tripped below a key level of US$1.2600 in very thin trading before the U.S. payrolls.feedback

Anna Soubry

Triggering Brexit as early as March really concerns me, troubles me hugely, because we won't have had the French elections, we won't have had the German elections, and I'm sorry, it is going to take a lot of time and effort to disentangle ourselves and get the right deal.feedback

Frédéric Chatillon

Obviously, the Front National has nothing to do with this private affair, neither directly or indirectly.feedback

Giovanni Grevi

We have in France, the Front National. We have a debate on that in Italy. We have a strong debate in the UK. It is going to be very, very difficult.feedback

Michael Leigh

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president François Hollande share some of Cameron's reform goals on immigration, the single market, and labor law but will not pay any price to keep Britain inside the EU.feedback

Matthew Moran

They are policies that one would more usually expect to see come from more right-wing political groupings and this is an indication of the cumulative effect of the attacks in 2015 on the political landscape in France. President Hollande is now competing with Nicolas Sarkozy on Sarkozy's natural battleground – security – and the broader shift to the right is playing into the hands of the Front National.feedback

Jean-Yves Camus

2017 is far away and we don't yet know who the candidates will be except, of course, for the Front National. It has a small advantage since the party won't be holding primaries. There's no contest over who will represent it. The election remains open on the right and, in any case, if the presidential election were to be held today, Marine Le Pen wouldn't win.feedback

Jean-Yves Camus

So, on the one hand we have institutions made for a simple, left-right split in political life. And on the other, the Front National, which is growing and, little-by-little, has led to the existence of three – rather than two – political forces, which split the cake into fairly even pieces. That means, eventually, French politics may go through a major restructure.feedback

Bernard Thibault

The French president is making the wrong analysis of the situation to justify – or try to justify – unemployment figures, that it would be the employees fault who would cost too much.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

Where the Front National is ready to prevail in the second round, the left and the right are responsible for creating the conditions to prevent it.feedback

Marine Le Pen

The Front National success signifies a national force and also, from now on, a great local force. It's a vote calling for us to grow roots in all the territories of the Republic, to prepare for tomorrow's alternative.feedback

Frédéric Badi

The left lost badly except in a few strongholds. The Front National only ran in 600 cities; this means only one French voter in three had the chance to vote FN. The five percent score it got across the country is an illusion compared to its real potential.feedback

François Copé

Round two should switch from yellow card to red card; women and men who voted for the Front National, next Sunday should massively go over to UMP candidates to really make their opposition to the left felt.feedback

Nigel Farage

Because we feel that their politics, whether their leaderships reflect it or not, within those parties, the Front National certainly, there are still elements of the old anti-Semitic brigade and that's of no interest to us.feedback

Sadou Diallo

I want to thank the French president who answered the call of my president.feedback

Isabelle Coutant-Peyre

Of course it is a political trial, the proof is the condition of the abduction, illegal abduction, by the French political police, from Khartoum.feedback

Paulo Cento

As for the French president, this is a humane gesture, considering the health of Marina Petrella the victims families should be on the side of law and order and vendetta serves no purpose. We must leave these dark times behind us.feedback

Thorbjoern Jagland

The presence here today of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande make this day very particular, symbolic for all of us I believe.feedback

Dominique Moisi

They have given a terrible image of themselves by giving precedence to personal rivalries over national unity and the party. Whoever is secretary general after these elections is extremely weak, extremely discredited, and is confronting a very strong French president.feedback

Angela Merkel

I support, as the French president does, the idea that the necessary interest payments for the debt be paid into a separate account so that it can be sure that Greece has the money available at all times.feedback

Francois Chaulet

While we still don't know the total cost of rescuing, for example, Dexia bank, the agency is being specifically cautious about France. Then there are a lot of individual things that are specific to France – a government that's made particular announcements, let's say first of all, to slightly reduce the deficit. We've seen the need several times to go back to the drawing board to find other sources of savings. It's not certain that between now and the next French elections there won't be the need for more reassuring measures vis-à-vis this rating.feedback

Julia De Clerck

Even if the Lisbon Treaty isn't ratified – I mean the enlargement process has been going on under the Nice treaty so far with ups and downs – the problem is really political that we heard both from French President Nicloa Sarkozy and from Angela Merkel in Germany, who has just started the second term, that they don't want enlargement to proceed unless the Lisbon Treaty is ratified – unless institutional reform is dealt with.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The French president visits Armenia and from there makes biased recommendations to Turkey, using the question for electoral ends.feedback

Marine Le Pen

The Front National has demonstrated today that people subscribe to this movement's ideas. I believe that no one can say otherwise. Our voters want our candidates, to defend their ideas, therefore our ideas.feedback

Martial Foucault

I think it's too early to know if France has abandoned its two-party- right-left system. Let's see the results of the European elections before judging whether Marine Le Pen's politics have borne fruit. At the end of May, we'll see if the Front National achieves a high score. We mustn't forget that the European elections are decided by proportional representation, which gives a clear advantage to small parties such as the FN. I think that, come May, we'll see if there's a third political force on the French political landscape.feedback

Gordon Johndroe

The President spoke by phone to French President Sarkozy….feedback

Giovanni Magi

Old-fashioned investigative journalism has caused a real political earthquake, a tremor that will have unpredictable consequences not only on the government in power, but probably the entire French political class.feedback

Nikolaus Blome - Spiegel Gruppe

We'll have to see. I think that, more than ever, she has to call the shots in Europe because other heads of state or government such as French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron have lost a lot of ground at home in these European elections. Other parties, especially eurosceptic ones, have taken over, such as the National Front in France or UKIP in Britain, which weakens the two men. The tables have turned, and that will make it even harder to find a compromise.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

What the French president presented yesterday is first of all courageous and second, in my view, the reporting of it did not get the attention it merited because of other topics which were allegedly interesting.feedback

Jean-Yves Le Drian

There are raids happening at the moment, there will be more this afternoon and tomorrow. The determination of the French President is absolute: we must eradicate this terrorism that could threaten the security of Mali, the security of our country (France) and of Europe.feedback

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

I can't be more specific yet, but the French president gave a very clear indication during his state visit to London about the possibility of France increasing the number of its already considerable force in Afghanistan and I know other nations also are trying to increase the number of forces.feedback

Michael Sapin

He was a great CEO, and also a great personality. I would say almost a big mouth, with a capacity to speak his mind, without any fear of bothering whoever he was speaking to, whoever they were, heads of states, big CEOs or French political leaders, to whom he knew how to speak frankly.feedback

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

And now a question from Samer Chaloub, who asks how policies and reforms can help in the fight against racistm. You were very critical of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, do you think François Hollande is doing better?feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

There's a lot of uncertainty with how a new French president would change the political dynamic between Germany and France. I mean, Mr Hollande has already said he wants to renegotiate the fiscal compact, Angela Merkel has implicitly ruled that out. He's also gone on record as saying that he wants to raise the minimum wage and reduce the retirement age, well that's really going to grate with Germany.feedback

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