Comments on: Hollande’s sins more those of omission Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:55:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: tizneh Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:56:28 +0000 The author makes good points, but the worries about France’s welfare state are overstated. France has long had what Anglo-Saxons regard as a bloated public sector, and yet it manages some of the highest rates of productivity in the world; far higher, say, than Germany, with which it is being adversely compared here. It is easy to caricature France as the place where everyone is always on strike or on vacation. But that has never been the reality. It is a world class innovator with a skilled, highly adaptable work force. It will remain a leading world economic power for the foreseeable future. As for M. Hollande, he is likely to replace M. Sarkosy, but to continue much the same economic policies. Merkosy will give way to Merkolland.