France isn’t heading for a belle époque, but its future looks better than Britain’s

Emmanuel Macron new dawn may be a false one, but at least his country has some industry, a decent education system and no Brexit bind

The French economy is growing at the same pace the UK managed in 2016 and looks set to maintain it for the rest of the year. Growth for the second quarter was 0.5% and 1.8% over the past year. Meanwhile the UK is shuffling along in the slow lane, up just 0.3% between April and June.

Does the reversal of fortunes tell us that France has found its mojo while the UK has done worse than let its foot slip off the accelerator?

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