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France's Economy and Immigration
A review of France's economy, fiscal policies and immigration issues.
# 153274 | 1,357 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 13, 2013 in Political Science (Non-U.S.) , Hot Topics (Immigration)

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The paper first discusses the years from 1945 to 1975 when France went through what is called les Trente Glorieuses, 30-years of major economic growth. Next, the paper examines the economic agendas and strategies of Barre', Mitterand and Jacques Chirac and discusses their influence on the economy and on unemployment levels. The paper then looks at immigration in twentieth century France by North Africans, the Portuguese and Spanish, and Asians, and addresses the French economy in the 21st century and how the government is less involved in the economic arena.

The End of les Trente Glorieuses
Immigration and the Economy
Overview of French Economy in the 21st Century

From the Paper:

"Between the years of 1945 and 1975, France went through what is called les Trente Glorieuses, 30-years of major economic growth. The years are called glorious because the economic growth rates were so incredible during this period (Hughes & Reader 2003, 168). Wages went up and thus the standard of living also rose accordingly. The good times would end in 1974, however, when the first oil crisis caused a major and irreversible change in the world economy. The oil crisis caused French energy prices to skyrocket because of the country's dependence on imported energy sources (2003, 169). In the long run, the oil crisis caused an overall increase in the price of raw materials as developing countries - as well as ex-colonies - especially those that had hefty reserves of raw materials, now saw the opportunity to use their power against their old masters (2003, 169). Countries in areas of southeast Asia were not beginning to grow and industrialize, which happened at the same time as this oil crisis and they were now fierce competitors of France in industries such as textiles, shipbuilding, and heavy industry (2003, 169)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dormois, J.P. 2004, The French Economy in the Twentieth Century, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Hughes, A., & Reader, K. (eds) 2003, Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture, Routledge, London.
  • Maclean, M. 2003, Economic Management and French Business: From de Gaulle to Chirac, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
  • van der Eyden, T., & van der Eyden, A.P.J. (eds) 2003, Public Management of Society: Rediscovering French Institutional Engineering in the European Context, IOS Press, Amsterdam.
  • Werding, M. 2006, Structural Unemployment in Western Europe: Reasons and Remedies, MIT Press, Boston.

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