France attempts a high tax economy but with dirigiste direction of the economy – not leaving room for the free market to innovate and grow because of the thicket of regulations. This does not work. It’s just not one of the mixtures that ever will work. France therefore needs to move in one of two directions (or, best of all, follow both paths a la Hong Kong). Either lower the state’s portion of the economy to allow growth to happen, or blow up the regulation to allow the innovation. The Anglo Saxon and Nordic models both work in their own ways, the French does not. Thus, France has to choose.