French PM to Name New Cabinet Today

Arnaud Montebourg was forced to step down as France’s economy minister on Monday after openly criticising the government’s austerity policies, spurring the culture and education ministers to follow him out the door.

This forced government reshuffle was further bad news for President François Hollande, a Socialist, who is already struggling with a record-low approval rating and soaring unemployment.

Half way through his five-year term, Hollande has also failed to curb unemployment or France’s ballooning debt, prompting a growing number of people on the left of his Socialist party, like Montebourg, to question the soundness of his economic strategy.

France’s economy has been stagnant for the past six months, and the government has had to cut its growth forecast to 0.5 percent for this year, half of the already modest estimate it had previously given for 2014.

via France24

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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