• France edition
 
France in 2025: Minister predicts full employment
Photos: FDEComité/Flickr/AFP/NASA

France in 2025: Minister predicts full employment

Published: 16 Aug 2013 15:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Aug 2013 15:56 GMT+02:00

Although they went on their summer holidays in June, it seems French cabinet ministers were first handed some homework by the man in charge, President François Hollande.

Monsieur le President apparently asked his ministers to write up their vision for the future of the country: “La France en 2025,” in time for the cabinet’s “back-to-school” meeting next Monday.

And French magazine Le Point managed to get its hands on the essays of five top ministers, whose predictions were devoured by the French media this week.

CLICK HERE: FRANCE IN 2025 - 10 CHANGES TO LOOK OUT FOR

Full employment

Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici strikes a sober note in the preamble to the “risky exercise.” “It could seem artificial, if it drifts into a sort of work of public policy fiction,” he warns.

He goes on, however, to predict that France’s GDP will drop to eighth or ninth in the world, sinking “as always, with the UK.”

More optimistically, however, Moscovici predicts “full employment” by the year 2025.

Police 3.0

Minister for Industrial Renewal, Arnaud Montebourg, is particularly ambitious with his projections. The notoriously patriotic minister envisions France as a world leader in the pharmaceutical, tech, agrifood, and nanotechnology industries.

Predicting a kind of “rail version of Airbus,” the minister, who has had some recent high-profile run-ins with foreign business leaders, also sees France as a global champion of aeronautics and mass rail, and the proud birthplace of a car that runs 100 km on 2 litres of fuel.

For his part, Interior Minister Manuel Valls, often regarded has having lofty political ambitions of his own, is hoping for a “French Islam at the heart of the Republic,” and the intriguing-but-vague sounding “Police 3.0.

Furthermore, Valls calls for the intriguing-sounding “Law enforcement 3.0” which promises to be “effective, close to the people, and at the forefront of technological advances.”

An end to red tape

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira envisions an end to chronic overcrowding in French prisons, through an expansion of alternative punishments and sentencing.

And Green party Housing Minister Cécile Duflot, who quotes Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ in her preamble, has a somewhat idyllic plan for the next 12 years.

“Due to laws passed between 2012 and 2014,” she begins ever-so cheekily, “vacant housing will become extremely rare, and 6 million new homes will be constructed.”

“Everyone will have a roof over their heads and good quality living conditions,” she continues.

As if that wasn’t optimistic enough, Duflot appears to predict an end to France's rich tradition of red tape: “Getting access to this universal housing will no longer provoke stress and uncertainty,” she declares.

“Rather, it will be a pleasant step in one’s life,” she concludes.

Will France have changed much by 2025? The Local ponders 10 ways the country might look different. CLICK HERE to see the gallery.

What fate do you predict for France by 2025? Will the row over gay marriage still be rumbling on? Will DSK be president? And will there be a women's Tour de France by then? Join the debate by sharing your thoughts in the comments section below.

Dan MacGuill (dan.macguill@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
France places Oscar hopes in 'Saint Laurent'
Gaspard Ulliel stars in "Saint Laurent" which France is putting forth for Oscar consideration. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP

France places Oscar hopes in 'Saint Laurent'

France has put forth a film that traces the dark side of the life led by fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent for the 2015 Oscars. READ  

Gallery
A look inside France's 'most notorious' prison
La Santé was open this weekend for guided tours. Photo: Joshua Melvin/The Local

A look inside France's 'most notorious' prison

The only prison in Paris, the notorious and historic La Santé was open this weekend for guided tours as it sits empty ahead of massive renovations. Here’s a look inside at a place that’s both fascinating and terrifying. READ  

Air France pilots reject offer to end strike
Air France announced on Sunday that only 41 percent of flights would be operational on Monday. Photo: AFP

Air France pilots reject offer to end strike

Air France entered its second week of a crippling pilots’ strike on Monday with no end in sight after the main union rejected what management described as its 'last offer.' Over half of the airline's flights remained grounded. READ  

Frenchman unhurt in 100 km/h suicide leap
Speeding car photo: Shutterstock

Frenchman unhurt in 100 km/h suicide leap

A suicidal man who jumped out of his moving car at 100km/h in the middle of a motorway in south-east France has miraculously survived with minor injuries, French media reported on Monday. READ  

France to try to convince Germany to spend again
France and Germany are meeting on Monday to talk about spending. Photo: AFP

France to try to convince Germany to spend again

The French prime minister is to meet on Monday with Germany's chancellor in a bid to advocate for an easing up of budget-cutting policies in favour of pro-growth actions and stimulus spending in the eurozone. READ  

Isis urges killing of 'spiteful, dirty' French
Isis fighters have put out a call for the kiling of 'dirty, spiteful' French. Photo: Weyleyat Salahuddin/AFP

Isis urges killing of 'spiteful, dirty' French

Isis Islamic extremists on Monday called on Muslims to target the French and citizens of other countries that have joined the US-led coalition to fight the jihadist organization, branding the French “dirty” and “spiteful”. However France's interior minister insists that the country is "not afraid." READ  

The Local List
Ten French customs that confuse Anglos
What may seem like normal behaviour in your home country doesn't always apply to French culture. Teacher photo: Shutterstock

Ten French customs that confuse Anglos

What may seem like normal behaviour in your home country doesn't always apply to French culture. Whether you’re at the supermarket checkout or the raising your glass at a dinner party, here are ten common customs to watch out for in France. READ  

Napoleon marriage document draws €437K
Josephine and Napoleon's marriage document went for a whopping sum at auction.

Napoleon marriage document draws €437K

Napoleon and Josephine’s marriage licence fetched a whopping €437,500 at auction on Sunday, one more remarkable happening in one of the world’s greatest love stories. READ  

Sarkozy comeback: 'I don't have a choice'
A TV grab shows former French president Nicolas Sarkozy speaking during France 2 broadcast news in Paris. Photo: France 2/AFP

Sarkozy comeback: 'I don't have a choice'

Nicolas Sarkozy painted a dire portrait of the crisis in France on Sunday as the ex-president capped a high-profile political comeback that has kicked off a battle for supremacy over the country's struggling opposition. READ  

PM slams farmers for torching tax office
An officer of technical and forensic police takes pictures of the partially burned tax center, on September 20, 2014 in Morlaix, western of France. AFP Photo/Fred Tanneau

PM slams farmers for torching tax office

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Saturday vowed to prosecute farmers in Brittany who torched tax and insurance buildings and dumped vegetables in the streets in protest at falling living standards. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Paris installs new device to stop 'love lock' craze
National
Paris cabby dies in vicious high-heel attack
National
'Paris is a sexy city, its beauty is inspiring'
Culture
Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of booze a day’
National
Top French chefs want banned bird on menu
National
VIDEO: Making of French rugby hunk calendar
Marks & Spencer
Sponsored Article
Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe
National
Ten great bars in Paris only locals know about
Society
France's top expat tribes: Which are you?
National
France to set flat-rate for Paris airport taxis
Politics
French separatists want Scots to say 'yes'
National
Anti-dog poo offensive launched in French town
National
Scammers attack Paris's top cop at tourist hotspot
National
French leader didn't pay his rent for three years
National
'WW2 bomb' kills camper on French island
Does France have a racism problem?
National
National
'Enough gloom, France is an amazing country'
Gallery
The top ten tourist traps to avoid in France
Politics
The juiciest bits from Trierweiler's tell-all book
Politics
Trierweiler tells all: 'Hollande wanted me back, at any price'
Education
'Sacre bleu!' Do the French really say that?
Politics
Manuel Valls has plenty in common with Tony Blair, but not background
International
Votes for expats: Plan to end UK's 15-year rule
Gallery
Ten dos and don'ts for keeping your French in-laws happy
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se