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    ECO Focus – Edition April 17, 2014

    France: breakdown of public spending by function

    50 billion € in public spending savings over three years: 19 billion € in cuts to State and State agency spending, 10 billion € in savings on healthcare spending, 11 billion € on other social spending, 10 billion € on local government.

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    France: cutting-edge sectors generating trade surpluses

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