If economic growth were correlated with ministerial hyperactivity, France would be bouncing back from recession even faster. President François Hollande has instructed his ministers to minimise time spent with their nearest and dearest, and told them that if they must take a break, it has to be in France, ideally punctuated with visits to local factories and employment agencies. Unemployment does not take a holiday, he explained.
To underline the point, the presidential spokesperson declared portentously that “power will not be on holiday” this year. Furthermore, ministers have been set homework: the whole cabinet must be back on parade at the Elysée Palace on August 19, ready for a discussion on the state of France in 10 years’ time. Continue reading »