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Insufficient number of exporting companies, loss of competitiveness and market share Weakening level of product sophistication, insufficient focus on innovation Low employment rate among younger and older workers Room for improvement in public spending High level of public debt, private debt on upward trend Risk assessment Growth slows after peak in Growth picked up inin particular thanks to accelerating business investment and a rebound in electricity exports and tourism.
While household consumption slowed in and earlyit is expected to bounce back slightly for the full year as a result of the rebound in purchasing power in the second half.
Real wages are expected to rise, due to incipient labour market tensions growing number of companies declaring difficulties with recruitment. These very same factors will likely encourage business investment, which should therefore remain dynamic in Nevertheless, as investment is conducted largely through credit, corporate debt will continue to rise Insolvencies will continue to decline in With the effects of the terrorist attacks of and fading, tourism rebounded in and is expected to accelerate further in Hotel stays grew 5.
At the same time, imports growth will slow, in the wake of corporate investment. Despite the lower telecommunications prices increased competitioninflation will rise sharply over the whole ofdriven by higher energy prices. Heavy debt burden fuelled by twin deficits The balance of goods runs a structural deficit, as the country is a net energy importer.
In contrast, the balance of services is in surplus thanks to tourism revenues. Sincethe goods and services balance excluding energy has become negative, as the manufactured products deficit has steadily widened due to increased investments in machines and the delocalisation of automotive production.
This deficit is partially offset by the income surplus dividends of French subsidiaries abroad. The current account deficit is mainly financed by the issuance of debt securities held by non-residents. There is limited leeway on the budget: During his first year in office, President Macron passed the aforementioned fiscal measures as well as reforms aimed at making the labour market more flexible and changing the status of the SNCF public rail transport company.
As with these reforms, the reform of the pension system removal of special regimes — for which the consultation phase was launched in April and which will be unveiled in —, could lead to significant union protests.
While one of President Macron's commitments was to boost the building of Europe, any progress will depend on the political instability in the other main economies in the area.
July Payment Bank cards are now the most commonly-used form of payment in France, although cheques are still widely used. In value terms, cheques and transfers are still the most popular forms of payment. If a cheque remains unpaid for more than 30 days from the date of first presentation, the beneficiary can immediately obtain an enforcement order without need for further procedures or costs.
Bills of exchange, a much less frequently used payment method, are steadily becoming rarer in terms of number of operations — although in terms of total value they remain important.
Bills of exchange are still an attractive solution for companies, as they can be discounted or transferred and therefore provide a valuable source of short-term financing. Bank transfers for domestic or international payments can be made via the SWIFT electronic network used by the French banking system.
SWIFT offers a reliable platform for fast payments, but requires mutual confidence between suppliers and their customers. France is also part of the SEPA network. Debt collection Unless otherwise stated in the general sales conditions, or agreed between the parties, payment periods are set at thirty days from the date of receipt of goods or performance of services requested.
Interest rates and conditions of application must be stipulated in the contract — otherwise the applicable interest rate is that applied by the European Central Bank in its most recent refinancing operations. Amicable phase During this phase, the creditor and the debtor try to reach an amicable solution via direct contact, in order to avoid legal procedures.
All documents signed between the parties such as contracts and invoices are analysed. By using this procedure, creditors can rapidly obtain a court order which is then served by a bailiff.
The defendant then has a period of one month in which to dispute the case. If the debtor is neither present nor represented during the hearing, a default judgment can be issued.
The court then renders a decision, typically within seven to fourteen days though same-day decisions are possible.
The jurisdiction is limited to debts which cannot be materially contested. If serious questions arise over the extent of the debt, the summary judge has no jurisdiction to render a favourable decision. Judgments can be immediately executed, even if the debtor issues an appeal.
If appropriate, the judge can subsequently decide to declare himself incompetent to rule on the case. Based on his assessment of whether the case is valid, he can then invite the plaintiff to seek a ruling through formal court procedures.
Ordinary proceedings Formal procedures of this kind enable the validity of a claim to be recognised by the court.
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