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Latest update : 2012-08-09

Budgets cuts and higher taxes: the end of the Socialist honeymoon?

The French saw it coming, and now they know the pill will be bitter to swallow. Socialist PM Jean-Marc Ayrault delivered his keynote address to Parliament this week, warning that France's ills are serious, and that the road to recovery will be a long and tortuous one. Meanwhile, on the other side of the political aisle, the battle is on to take the helm of the conservative UMP party.

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  • Philip Turle, Journalist, RFI;
  • Grégory Viscusi, Reporter, Bloomberg News.

By FRANCE 24

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