BERLIN Jan 16 European Central Bank policymaker
Jens Weidmann urged France on Thursday to live up to its
responsibilities as one of the largest economies in the euro
zone, saying the country had lost some of its competitiveness.
Weidmann said during the heated phase of the crisis the
focus had been on the periphery members of the currency bloc and
less on the reform situation in Germany and France.
"France is decisive for the euro zone," Weidmann said in a
question and answer session after giving a speech.
"France has lost some of its competitiveness. I'd hope that
France, as one of the largest countries in the euro zone, would
live up to its position as a role model," he added.