- First of all, there used to be an era of negligible unemployment rate, which lasted until the early 1970's.
- Low unemployment economy was terminated by the introduction of the modern European welfare state since approximately the mid-1970's.
- While Germany has been able to tackle the problem (even at a high cost), France has never fully recovered. The extravagantly expensive French welfare state has become an unbearable burden.
- Onerous regulations of the labour markets and a heavy labour tax burden make France reliant on debt growth; French economy would implode without an incessant debt expansion.
French unemployment rate stood at 10.4% in May 2014; in Germany, it was only 5.1%.
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