According to the rosy European Commission forecasts, France will have a deficit of 3.7% this year. The deficit was t least 5.2% of GDP for 2012, so the EC is expecting France to decrease its deficit almost 30% in a year where its economy will remain stagnant in the best case scenario. In fact, current PMI numbers favor a recession in France:
The article fails to mention that Moscovici was guaranteeing that France would meet its 3% deficit target in 2013 just a few weeks ago. He is now backpedaling and has pushed off compliance until 2014.
With the French economy entering a recession, attaining the goal of a 3% budget deficit must be put off indefinitely.