Jean-Paul Betbeze

Leading French Economist & Advisor.

Leading French economist and advisor to the French government.

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About Jean-Paul Betbeze

Jean-Paul is an important commentator on the current European crisis and advocates tough action to reduce state expenditure. He is the director of SAS Betbeze Council and until recently the Chief Economist at Credit Agricole SA one of France's largest banks. He has also been Professor of Economics at the University of Paris.
  • Former Head of the Economic Research department and Chief Economist of Credit Agricole S.A
  • Member of the Circle of Economists
  • Member of French Prime Minister's Economic Analysis Council
  • Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Robert Shuman Foundation

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Academic and formal

A leading authority on the French and European economy, Jean Paul offers a frank and upbeat European perspective.

Jean-Paul Betbeze began his career as an academic and was Professor at the University of Franche-Comté, a Senior Lecturer at the Universities of Caen and Amiens and also a Lecturer at the University of Paris IX Dauphine.

From 1990 to 2003, he was Head of Economic and Financial Research at Crédit Lyonnais where he went on to become Head of Strategy. He joined Crédit Agricole S.A. in 2003 eventually taking on the role of Chief Economist.

Among the many distinguished positions he has held, he is a member of the Circle of Economists and advises the French government as part of the Economic Analysis Council. He is Chairman of UNICE's Commission for Economic and Financial Affairs, the Political Economics Society and a member of the International Conference of Commercial Bank Economists.

He is currently director of SAS Betbeze Council.

He has written many books and comments regularly on European economic affairs in the media where he has declared that the announced reduction of state expenditure for 2014 is "not enough".

He is also the author of a number of official reports including the Banque de France's 2006 Report on late payment (December 2006) and several from the Prime Minister's Economic Analysis Council, on topics such as strategy for SMEs and employment.

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