The economy France's next president will inherit

May 4, 2012 - 9:56 AM

Amid a global slowdown, France's economy is suffering. Here is a look at what the country's next president will inherit — compared to when President Nicolas Sarkozy came to power on May 16, 2007.

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GDP (AT CURRENT PRICES)

2006: €1.8 trillion

2011: €2 trillion

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GDP GROWTH

2006: 2.5 percent increase

2011: 1.7 percent increase

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UNEMPLOYMENT

May 2007: 8.7 percent

March 2012: 10 percent

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DEBT TO GDP RATIO

2006: 63.7 percent

2011: 85.8 percent

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DEFICIT TO GDP RATIO

2006: 2.3 percent

2011: 5.2 percent

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BUSINESS CLIMATE SURVEY (AVG:100)

May 2007: 113

April 2012: 95

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VALUE OF EXPORTS

2006: €486 billion

2011: €536 billion

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FRENCH 10-YEAR BOND'S SPREAD TO GERMAN BUND:

May 16, 2007: 0.05 percentage point

May 3, 2012: 1.18 percentage point

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FRENCH CAC-40 INDEX v. GERMAN DAX INDEX

CAC: Down 46 percent since May 16, 2007

DAX: Down 11 percent since May 16, 2007

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Sources: Eurostat, Insee, FactSet