France Economy

November 6, 2012 - 10:32 AM
France's Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault is seen at the end of a press conference he gave after a meeting on the competitiveness, at Matignon, in Paris, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012. Economists agree the situation in France is urgent. The world's No. 5 economy has been fading for years — its share of global GDP has halved since 1990 to 2 percent — and the debt crisis and the global recession have exacerbated the problem. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)