Let's now turn to France, to get an overview of their economy.
Oddly enough, Y/O/Y percentage change in retail sales have been fairly decent.
There are two big deficit issues with the French economy: a budget deficit and current account deficit. As a result, France must continually be attractive to foreign investors in order to continue operating in this manner.
Despite the above mentioned deficits, notice that government bond yields are actually very low -- currently coming in at just over 2%.