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French gov't vows firm action to ease economic woes

(Xinhua)

11:07, August 23, 2012

PARIS, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- As officials' holiday ended this week, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Wednesday pledged hard hand to promote the country's sluggish economy and restore public finances amid rising doubts over the Socialists' ability to face the economic challenges.

"The government's task at the start of this polictical season is extensive and demanding. The work that we will do should respond to the expectations of French and commitments made by the president to the country," the prime minister said during a cabinet meeting.

Detailing the government's working plan in a statement issued by the presidency office, the Elysee, Ayrault maintained the deficit target of 3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013 and a return to balanced finances in 2017.

"Our course is the country's recovery in justice. Our ambition is to embody change that our people have chosen for a reconciled society, confident in its future, willing to fight to restore growth and employment," Ayrault added.

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