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Sacre Bleu! France Collapses Right as Spain, Italy and Greece Become Embroiled in Corruption Scandals


by Phoenix Capital Research

 

The following is a excerpt from a recent client letter.

 

The house of cards that is Europe is close to collapsing as those widely held responsible for solving the Crisis (Prime Ministers, Treasurers and ECB head Mario Draghi) have all been recently implicated in corruption scandals.

 

Those EU leaders who have yet to be implicated in scandals are not faring much better than their more corrupt counterparts. In France, socialist Prime Minister Francois Hollande, has proven yet again that socialism doesn’t work by chasing after the wealthy and trying to grow France’s public sector… when the public sector already accounts for 56% of French employment.

 

France was already suffering from a lack of competitiveness. Now that wealthy businesspeople are fleeing the country (meaning investment will dry up), the economy has begun to positively implode.

 

The first sign of this came actually came from Germany. As we noted a few months ago, Germany had prepared a working group to examine the impact of an economic collapse in France.

 

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has asked a panel of advisers to look into reform proposals for France, concerned that weakness in the euro zone’s second largest economy could come back to haunt Germany and the broader currency bloc.

 

Two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters this week that Schaeuble asked the council of economic advisers to the German government, known as the “wise men”, to consider drafting a report on what France should do…

 

The biggest problem at the moment in the euro zone is no longer Greece, Spain or Italy, instead it is France, because it has not undertaken anything in order to truly re-establish its competitiveness, and is even heading in the opposite direction,” Feld said on Wednesday.

 

“France needs labour market reforms, it is the country among euro zone countries that works the least each year, so how do you expect any results from that? Things won’t work unless more efforts are made.”

 

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/11/09/uk-germany-france-economy-idUKBRE8A80MN20121109

 

This German concern has proven to be well founded, as the recent spate of French economic data has been truly horrific.

 

Auto sales for 2012 fell 13% from those of 2011. Sales of existing homes outside of Paris fell 20% year over year for the third quarter of 2012. New home sales fell 25%. Even the high-end real estate markets are collapsing with sales for apartments in Paris that cost over €2 million collapsing an incredible 42% in 2012.

 

 

 

Since the EU Crisis began in 2008, France and Germany have been the two key countries backstopping the implosion. The fact that France is now facing an economic implosion does not bode well for the future of the Euro or the EU.

 

The other sovereign backdrop for the EU, Germany, is also experiencing an economic slowdown.

 

The German economy was hit hard by the euro zone crisis in the final quarter of last year, shrinking more than at any point in nearly three years as traditionally strong exports and investment slowed, the Statistics Office said on Tuesday…

 

Gross domestic product shrank by 0.5 percent in the final three months of 2012, the worst quarterly performance since Germany fell into a recession during the global financial crisis in 2008/2009 and only the second contraction since it ended.

 

The parlous fourth quarter pushed overall growth for the year down to 0.7 percent, a sharp slowdown from the 3.0 percent registered in 2011 and a post-reunification record of 4.2 percent in 2010. The 2012 figure was a tad below a Reuters consensus forecast for growth of 0.8 percent.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-germany-gdp-idUSBRE90E09Q20130115

 

Thus, we find that Europe’s primary political market props (EU leaders including ECB head Mario Draghi) are coming unraveled at the precise time that EU banks are showing warning signs and the most important EU economies are heading sharply south.

 

2013 is going to be a very interesting year for Europe.

 

We have produced a FREE Special Report available to all investors titled What Europe’s Collapse Means For You and Your Savings.

This report features ten pages of material outlining our independent analysis real debt situation in Europe (numbers far worse than is publicly admitted), the true nature of the EU banking system, and the systemic risks Europe poses to investors around the world.

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Best of all, this report is 100% FREE. You can pick up a copy today at:

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Best

Phoenix Capital Research

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  • mick

    “The house of cards that is Europe”…I hope this isn’t coming from an American !

    Pot meet kettle !

  • fuqdisqus

    So what? All the brilliant business people can proactively move their wealth to their utopia of choice. Chop, chop.

  • dick

    Murica logic. What a fucking joke. Please educate yourself before writing such stupid ill-informed nonsense. jeezus christ

    Oh and do not pray too much for EU collapse. You know there’s nobody else left when we are out, don’t you ? Who will buy from you ? Japan ?

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

  • Bonnie

    So,France has admitted, publicly, last week that it’s flat broke!
    So, instead of going in, within its own country to the Small People, cutting taxes, et al, & giving incentives to small businesses to KICK START the economy, in this way ENCOURAGING the People,, to continue on, what does France do?
    It starts a war in Mali !
    It gets NATO /U.S. to send in U.S. troops to Mali, AND Niger, to fight the Africans.
    I gotta tell you, good going France!
    And BTW, in case you haven’t noticed, those are NOT little, Budhist peasants, you’re gonna deal with. Those are big, tall, muscular Black Africans….who happen to be islamics!
    They’re not going to take an invasion lying down. Islamics have said themselves, that, they’re not forgiving, and they don’t turn the other cheek, like xtians.
    Not only that, but the weapons you’ve been giving the rebels in Libya, have mde their way down south. And the Locals are using them on YOU!
    So, if you France / Americans/NATO think it’s easy as pie to take over, you’ve forgotten Vietnam! This is Super-‘Nam, you’ve got on your hands now.
    DAMN YOU FRENCH!