France can learn from Irish recovery: PM

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R) poses for pictures as he meets with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin, Ireland, on April 24, 2015French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Friday said France could find inspiration from the Irish economic recovery, including its start-up culture, as an example of an economy oriented towards high growth. Ireland’s economy raced ahead at the fastest rate in Europe last year following the end of its European Union-International Monetary Fund bailout, and is forecast to grow strongly again this year. Valls wanted “to see what we can (take) from the Irish example,” he said at a joint press conference with Irish counterpart Enda Kenny during a visit to Dublin. The Irish economy expanded by 4.8 percent in 2014 after several years of tax hikes and spending cuts, whereas France recorded growth of 0.4 percent.

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