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Frenchman Pascal Lamy says France's 'Gps is a little wonky' and lambasts minister for industrial regeneration

The head of the World Trade Organisation has delivered a hard-hitting critique of France, saying the country has lost its bearings and needs profound reform to increase its competitiveness.

Pascal Lamy, a Frenchman, said his country needed to stop thinking it was "an island of temporary happiness in a world of catastrophes".

"This is not a good approach. We cannot deduce from it that if France has problems it's the world that must change."

Lamy, a former European commissioner and supporter of the Socialist president, François Hollande, saved his harshest criticism for Arnaud Montebourg, the minister for industrial regeneration, whom he lambasted for blaming the Chinese for France's economic woes.

"If there is an example of a Gps that has a few problems, in my opinion it's him," he said in an interview with French radio and television. »

- Kim Willsher

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