This Free Market Prophet May Find Honor After All

Former Economics Minister Madelin's comeback drive

It looked like a career in ruins. Last August, French Economics Minister Alain Madelin was fired by his boss, Prime Minister Alain Juppe, for publicly questioning why government workers deserved their rich benefits. Pundits took Madelin's sacking as a sign that serious economic reform in France was dead--and that Madelin, politically speaking, was a goner.

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