The economy in France weakening and there are fears it is heading the way of Spain. This from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal…
The manufacturing index for France, the second-largest euro-zone economy, fell to 42.7 from 46.0, suggesting the country’s stagnant economy could contract in coming months. French President François Hollande’s government last week announced a new set of austerity measures to slow the rise in public debt. They are likely to damp prospects for economic growth.
The French have sprung into action, however. Yesterday France announced 100% free abortions.
France on Monday unveiled a package of reforms designed to increase access to abortion, including 100 percent reimbursement of medical costs by the state social security system.
At present French women are only able to claim back between 70 and 80 percent of the costs, which average between 200 and 450 euros depending on whether the abortion is induced by medication taken at home or carried out by surgical procedure in a clinic. …
In a statement the government said the move was “necessary to ensure all women have equal access to abortion.”