Nationalization and Privatization in Contemporary France Jacquillat, Bertrand

France presents an interesting case study since, as the government is currently constituted, the conservative Chirac must contend with the reality of dealing with incumbent Socialist President Francois Mitterrand.

When Mitterrand ascended to the presidency in 1981, with a victory that also gave the Socialists control of the prime minister's office, he inaugurated a massive, and economically destructive, nationalization policy. Its effects and the politics that have now brought about the beginning of its reversal are the subject of Nationalization and Privatization in Contemporary France by Dr. Bertrand Jacquillat.