FRENCH business leaders laid out their wish list for the forthcoming presidential elections, with demands for a lighter touch at the top.
Laurence Parisot outlined the hopes of Medef, the employers' union, which included a call to make it less expensive to employ people and not to look to increase taxes.
Her speech stressed the importance of business being "allowed to breath" and saw the launch of a discussion paper titled Need for Air.
Her talk came as figures show a further increase in the number of businesses being created.
The French research organisation INSEE says that in 2006 the creation of completely new businesses increased by four per cent.
With business creation in the construction, real estate and business services sectors very active, even though it was down in most other business sectors in the past year.
Although the number of businesses being taken over was down five per cent, in general the number of business creations was up two per cent compared to 2005.
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