A Talk With France's Point Man For A Market Economy

Finance Minister Strauss-Kahn says recovery is on track

Finance Minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a champion of France's New Economy. A lone centrist in the leftist coalition of Lionel Jospin, he is the government's point man for creating a more market-friendly France. But he faces major challenges. With government spending at 53% of gross domestic product, the French state sector is still bloated and urgently needs overhauling. Strauss-Kahn, widely considered a potential front-runner for prime minister in 2002, spoke about his goals with Paris Bureau Chief Gail Edmondson and European Regional Editor John Rossant.

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