A closer look at France's economy under Hollande
28 September 2012 Last updated at 09:15 BST
French President Francois Hollande's government is presenting its first budget, and is expected to commit to a sharp reduction in the public deficit.
The budget will include measures to plug a 30bn euro (£23.8bn; $38.7bn) hole in the country's finances.
Officials have suggested roughly two-thirds of the money will be come from tax rises rather than spending cuts.
The BBC's correspondent in Paris, Christian Fraser, looks at how the Socialist leader plans to please not only his electorate - but also the financial markets.