No wonder Hollande is worried stiff:
François Hollande promised an “offensive” to bring “more growth and less austerity” to Europe as he launched a bid to resurrect his presidency.
Struggling against record low approval ratings and an economy in reverse, Mr Hollande laid out proposals for closer “economic government” of the eurozone, a drive to tackle youth unemployment and a 10-year investment plan for France.
But Germany will not ‘set Paris free’ (again):
Mr Hollande is being pushed hard by France’s European partners – especially Germany – to speed up the pace of reform to reinvigorate the eurozone’s second-largest economy, which has suffered badly declining competitiveness in recent years.