France joined the eurozone on January 1, 1999. Almost 23 years later, French people still do not believe the EU’s common currency has been beneficial to their pockets.
According to a poll launched by French daily Le Figaro on Tuesday, as of 09:20 am today, 61.08 percent of the 95,343 respondents said the euro has not been beneficial to the them.
Jumping on the results, Generation Frexit leader Charles-Henri Gallois said the bloc’s common currency has been a “catastrophe” for his country.
Calling on people to leave the EU, he said: “The euro was a catastrophe which accelerated the deindustrialization and the loss of competitiveness of the French economy by fixing our currency with Germany.
“We were being sold inflation protection.
“With the crazy money creation of the ECB, it’s around the corner.”
The eurozone, already struggling to fully recover from the 2009 financial crisis, has been further hit by the coronavirus pandemic, sparking fears of a new collapse.
Paolo Gentiloni called in November for a debate on reforming EU debt rules in view of the economic strains caused by the coronavirus crisis.
The European Union’s Economy Commissioner wants to set debt limits on an individual basis for member states under a proposed reform of the EU Stability Pact that he aims to present around mid-2022, he told daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
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He told the FAZ: “That just doesn’t correspond to my idea of a differentiated view of the states.”
As the euro continues to tumble and inflation soars, many Europeans have been quick to point to the energy crisis as the driving force behind the devastation.
But German publication Focus has pointed to a different, less obvious culprit.
The German finance analysts suggest it is their nation’s dependence on imports from abroad which is sending the euro crashing down, rather than rising energy prices.
While Germany battles its fourth wave of coronavirus, the inflation rate is rising unchecked.
According to data from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), inflation in November was 5.2 percent.