34 Projects for France’s “Industrial Renaissance”

A film on the Elysée website reminds viewers that France gave the world the steam locomotive, the automobile, the motorized scooter, cinema, modern medicine, and radioactivity. The voice of Charles de Gaulle booms, “We must obtain the rung of a great industrial state or resign ourselves to decline.” This is the introduction to a new […]

Saving Industrial France: Report calls EU policy “naïve”

A parliamentary report released Tuesday, July 16 in France by the commission assigned to inquire into the French steel industry claims that Europe’s industrial policy is “naïve” and requires protectionist measures. The commission provided 26 proposals to, in particular, rescue the steel industry in France. Described by Le Figaro as “scathing,” the report calls the […]

“Florange Law” Proposed One Year After Hollande Takes Office

Hollande and the Parti Socialiste (PS) have finally introduced a bill regarding the closing of viable industrial sites, which was promised during his campaign in February of last year. The proposal came shortly after the ArcelorMittal steelworkers in Florange erected a tombstone dedicated to Hollande, marked with the word “betrayal”. Hollande had visited the site […]