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Latest update : 2014-04-21

Guillaume Poitrinal, Chief executive of Woodeum

France is often viewed as a country plagued by massive bureaucracy and pointless regulations. Trying to run a business there can be frustrating, entrepreneurs say. A few months ago, President Hollande pledged to cut red tape and paperwork and make business easier to do. Guillaume Poitrinal is one of the men tasked with simplifying France. He is the co-chair of a presidential panel that has announced 50 measures aimed at saving billions of euros for French companies.

By Markus KARLSSON

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2015-04-23 Economic growth

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2015-04-16 French economy

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