Can tourism save France?
Surplus and provider of jobs, the tourism sector could offset some of the decline of the industry. But this surplus is fragile. In this area also, France must improve its offer to stay in the race.
Last month, Louis Gallois has given the government a report outlining the extent of the de-industrialization of the French economy.
Possible measures to redress the balance are costly and can not be, at best, a medium term impact.
Would it not be better to finally build instead on other activities, such as tourism, to rebalance the country's external accounts?
France is certainly well placed in this area, but its performance is less flamboyant that they look and the prospects are not insured.
The Hexagon is currently the world's top tourist destination, and for over thirty years.
In 2011, 81 million foreigners visited France, a record.