France spends too much in wrong areas: EU’s Juncker

FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrives at the EU summit in Brussels

BERLIN (Reuters) – High state spending in France is a problem, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday, one day after business-friendly candidate Emmanuel Macron won his country’s presidential election.

“With France, we have a particular problem … The French spend too much money and they spend too much in the wrong places. This will not work over time,” Juncker said in Berlin.

He was attending a presentation of German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s book “Neuvermessungen” (Remapping) where Brexit and the French presidential election were discussed.

(Reporting by Paul Carrel; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Andrea Shalal)