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Domestic Public Policy
Domestic public policy

France is not only a large state but an active one as well. In recent years, state expenditures have accounted for well over 40 percent of the country's GNP, and taxes eat up almost half of the average citizen's pay.

But although the tax rates are at least as high as those in almost any other country, the French get a lot for their money. The state provides an array of social services that are as extensive as any in Europe. For most of the time since World War II, the state also played a major role in sparking an unprecedented rate of economic growth that turned France from an economic backwater into one of the four or five most affluent ...

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