From political woes to economic ones: The first roaring week of France’s election campaign

France’s budget has breached EU fiscal rules, according to the European Commission’s latest report. In response, the Elysée has until September to present a plan to quell Brussels’s fears over its growing budget deficit and its high levels of debt.

The excessive deficit procedure’s timing could not be worse — France is going through an unexpected political campaign where both far-left and far-right parties have promised to their electorate generous economic measures. Is it the start of a fiscal struggle between Brussels and Paris?

In this episode, host Giada Santana and Paris reporter Theo Bourgery-Gonse sum up the highlights of the first roaring week of the French electoral campaign.

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