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Breakingviews: Beware - France set to get more erratic

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 - 04:18

June 23 - Paris will buy most of Bouygues' stake in Alstom. It’s a concession by Hollande to his protectionist economy minister. But it won't help his unpopularity which is set to get worse, says Breakingviews.

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The warnings to investors and bankers. Over what's been going on in France from breaking views PF -- song. Is here to expect and I told -- about your piece today I entitled investors who wet -- a bit more drastic. And something that's -- colleague of yours -- Webb said on Friday. Buying because of the world take Alcatel -- and Vivendi. -- -- -- emanate screams from now given what we've seen in front and then they -- do themselves any -- is -- look for the program. Most he's erratic in the country. Government ministers -- the last few days. Couple weeks it looks like because you don't -- those qualities -- can sometimes shocked by his unpopularity. Terrible results of his. Socialist Party in the European elections so there's no one really you can I think the shop. And so all and ruling ministers seems to be putting the book in one direction or another and we've -- that in the last base. The -- to -- to suppress it could just say okay we got what we wanted to be General Electric improved its offer we've got this -- and could -- which two. Mind the future of the UK are we going to do and that's acceptable let's -- days part of the game covenants are mindful of them take him back. And they have that totally. You've got to. Part of the deal which is depressed is your take 20%. We -- about stuff Yahoo! originally it was gone -- reason it was none of us the most worrying part is not because they wanted it because. Or longer wanted to give a concession to his. Highly interventionist antiglobalization. Economy minister on the -- who. Who lost. The deal with you want to Siemens takeover announcement he justified. And don't have OK I don't want the guy in the tent pissing out -- not outside the tent pissing and so I would give him and give him that concession. There is another example also -- popular. And currently being French energy and environment minister last week. All of a sudden abruptly decided to counsel. Tariff rates for -- yet to electricity. That program is that the president has 85% of India. Share is down 11% choose those different state has lost almost six billion euros for its just because an economy minister decided to cancel. That deal that was agreed upon by by the way but the former socialist yes that's disrespect -- -- -- longer than what he's doing but he's contradicted itself. And eighteen ministers friend of the show. Until people are wondering where's the guy. There's no hiding under and 100 is that what what what's. What does that what message does that send out here to ratchet the investment community -- did -- to get treated to protect -- to a -- and it's going to be highly dysfunctional. In the next I've got it's in the next three years. There's no way politically. -- -- through week 18% of people who have. Depressed economy -- generally to attempts at reform they're highly contested within the socialist. And they would not produce results anytime soon take an -- terrible the situation politically. And it's and it -- half a tennis parent messes up right I mean that sort of uncertainty. Will surely mean. What companies are still running I mean the -- France's top. International companies that do their business outside. I still is that they don't have to deal with the states to find -- -- -- gets me or needs state. Or if you. -- to a controversial merger and not a little of that tomorrow by the way here. The house could lead sewn do those who remember. With the Swiss and so it's not to like press is not open for business. Thought anything that house to require French authorization permission. About me and I don't know would be where -- -- in the near it that's -- the next couple of years is going to be unpredictable. And again. It looks like the patience are running into. Thank you and yet many thanks stuff -- Nassau I don't you Russian twelfth these incidents and heading PST comments from sources.

Breakingviews: Beware - France set to get more erratic

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 - 04:18

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