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National debt of France 2024

The statistic shows the national debt of France from 2014 to 2018, with projections up until 2024. In 2018, the national debt of France amounted to around 2.55 trillion U.S. dollars. For comparison, the Greek debt amounted to approximately 360 billion euros that same year.

French national debt and developments in taxation

France currently has one of the highest national debt levels of any of the world’s nations. Debt in the European Union’s second largest economy is currently at around 97 percent of GDP. The cost of interest on the country’s debt alone comes in at over 1,600 euros per second; every man, woman and child in France, of which there are 65.3 million in total, take a share of just under 28 thousand euros of the debt.

On the 6 May, 2012, the incumbent French President was defeated by François Hollande, leader of the French Socialist Party. The new President vowed to develop and change the tax system of France, announcing wide ranging economic policies in a bid to balance the nation’s budget and right what he considered to be social wrongs. He pledged and supported the separation of lending and investment banks, as well as proposing sweeping changes to the French tax system. The introduction of the measure of capping tax loopholes at a maximum of ten thousand euros per year and questioning the solidarity tax on wealth, the annual direct wealth tax on those with assets in excess of 1.3 million, were also part of Hollande’s proposals. The President has also signalled his intention to implement an income tax rate of 75 percent on revenue earned above one million euros per year. He stated the allocation of the revenue from this tax would be used to develop the deprived suburbs and to balance the nation's budget by 2017. France is a country brimming with big business and millionaires. The nation is home to the most millionaires in Europe; 2.6 million in total.

France: National debt from 2014 to 2024

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Due to the high level of uncertainty in current global economic conditions, the IMF does not offer projections for this economic indicator at this time. Data will be updated as soon as they are available.

* Estimate.

Values have been rounded for better understanding of the statistic. Exchange rate as of November 27, 2019, 1 EUR = 1.10058 U.S. dollar

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