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Higher than that of the United States in 1980, is the GDP per capita of France today 40% lower?


THE VERIFICATION - Faced with Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Eric Zemmour cited this figure to illustrate the "decline" and "third worldization" of France. Exaggerations?


The decline of France is the obsession of Eric Zemmour and the central theme of his latest book,

France has not said its last word


Faced with Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Thursday evening on BFM TV, the polemicist-not-yet-candidate gave a number of figures to illustrate this downgrading of France.

I don't believe we are such a rich country.

I believe that we are a country in the process of decline, impoverishment, third worldization


In 1980, we had a GDP per capita that was higher than that of the Germans and the Americans. Today, 40 years later, we have a GDP per capita that is 15% lower than that of the Germans and 40% that of the Americans. So there is a relative impoverishment. At the time in 1980, we were in terms of purchasing power the 4th or 5th country in the world. Today we are the 26th or the 27th

”. Are these statistics quoted by Eric Zemmour correct?


First of all, a little reminder.

The annual gross domestic product (GDP) is the sum of the added value accumulated by the economy of a country.

In everyday language, taken up by economists, it measures the wealth produced by a country.

If we divide it by the number of inhabitants, we obtain the “

GDP per capita

”, which allows international comparisons.

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Source: lefigaro

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