Berto Jongman: Economic War on France? Civil Unrest Costing Companies Money…

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Civil unrest: Companies face higher risk of disruption in France than any other western economy – Global index

Civil unrest is significantly more disruptive to business in France than in any other western economy, reveals a new global index released by risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, which rates the country ‘high risk’ alongside emerging markets, such as Brazil and South Africa. France’s deep-rooted culture of political protest and strikes has seen the country ranked 16th most at risk globally in the latest quarterly Civil Unrest Index (CUI) from Verisk Maplecroft. The ranking of 198 countries measures triggers for unrest: the frequency and severity of mass demonstrations and protests: the effects on business; and the mechanisms in place to avert disruption. As companies assess the viability of relocating European headquarters from the UK following the Brexit referendum, the findings provide a useful insight into some of the structural problems facing business in France.