Recent job cuts at PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Air France, and Alcatel-Lucent have all shocked France, raising fears the country is losing its industry. Meanwhile, is Africa the rising continent? After decades of slow growth, the IMF predicts 6% growth across the continent in 2012. Patrick Artus, Chief economist at Natixis, discusses all these issues in The Business Interview.
Average annual growth of more than 10%; or 200% growth over ten years - those figures would make most businessmen and women envious in these tough economic times. But Anders Dahlvig achieved just that when he was the head of the world's biggest furniture retailer Ikea from 1999 until 2009. He has now became a writer and published "The Ikea Edge: Building Global Growth and Social Good at the World's Most Iconic Homestore" last year.
He is a living Wall Street legend and he's been nicknamed the Indiana Jones of finance. Jim Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund together with George Soros in the 1970s. Today he is Chairman and Chief Executive and Rogers Holdings - and also an avid traveller.
African business is undergoing a revolution.
From huge oil and gas wealth to the rise of a middle class eager to consume, the opportunities for investment seem limitless.
But there are plenty of ongoing problems, not least with the concept of an African business model.
At the New York Forum Africa in Gabon, the World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa, Shanta Devarajan, talks to France 24’s business editor Owen Fairclough about the challenges ahead.
His home country is considered of the most difficult places in the world to do business.
But Verone Mankou has blazed a trail as the man who created Africa’s first tablet – a gadget for people who cannot afford Apple’s iPad.
At a special summit in Gabon dedicated to African business, he tells France 24 business editor Owen Fairclough the story of the Way-C.