Le Maire says the first quarter of 2021 will continue to be tough for the economy

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The first quarter of 2021 will continue to be difficult for the French economy“said the country’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire while speaking at the Reuters Online event on Thursday.

Additional comments:

I’m sure that the second part of 2021 will be very good for the French economy.

The forecast of 6% growth this year is not out of our reach, but we must remain cautious.

I am not disappointed with the speed with which vaccines are being launched in France.

While the crisis lasts, we will continue supporting the sectors affected by it.

Once the crisis is over, we will have to think about restoring sound public finances.

We need to implement a very clear strategy to reduce public debt.

The time has not come to reduce public debt, it will come when the crisis has passed.

In France, we need a pension reform in order to restore sound public finances and for social justice.

Trade sanctions are at the top of my agenda with the new US administration.

I have no sign of the new administration of the United States, but I will travel to Washington as soon as possible.

The best scenario for everyone would be to have an agreement on both the digital tax and the minimum tax in the OECD.

I will spare no effort to convince the US administration that now is the time for an international tax deal at the OECD.

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