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French economy stifled by rules pegged to staff size

Small-medium firms feel trapped by endless bureacratic demands; Hollande finally pushing through reforms

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LOOKING INTO THE PROBLEM: If employers and unions have not reached a deal on workforce number thresholds by the end of the year, Mr Hollande says he will implement the reform by decree.

Paris

OF all the decisions that Dominique Goubault says have helped to keep his 117-year-old family business alive, one in particular raises eyebrows: limiting his staff numbers to 49 or fewer.

The CEO is among many bosses in France who won't hire a 50th worker, in order to avoid

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