wildly uncompetitive, will become more so. How can it not?
Exiting the euro is going to involve a divorce from hell. There is no easy way to do this folks.
Capital controls will have to be implemented. In the hype and hope of a “new France” the hoi polloi will probably go for it, realising too late what has happened as their savings are vaporised in favour of the state.
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Make no mistake: Le Pen isn’t about “the people” but about “the French state”. The difference couldn’t be more dramatic.
The cost of capital will soar as free market mechanisms are constricted.
This will be a disaster for France, a country with private debt levels of 229% of GDP. A significantly weaker franc won’t do much good as the public sector will crowd out the private and access to capital and credit will decline faster than the newly issued franc is declining, which is probably saying something.
The idea that an already bureaucratic socialist, interventionist, and increasingly unproductive system needs more, not less interventionism, needs more state control not less, needs more money printing, not less, could only be dreamt up by complete morons. Sadly, that is what lies in store.
This has all happened before folks. Go read your history books. A 5-year old can tell you that in order to bake a cake you put in certain ingredients and you come out with a tasty cake.
Le Pen’s ingredients are going to bake an economic disaster. France is going to be like Argentina under Kirchner without the good steaks and the collagen enhanced lips.
The Question is…
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“The FN has absolutely no chance of winning power. Its score in the second round will hover around 30 percent, perhaps 35 per cent – not more” — Patrick Buisson, ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy’s former key adviser