The Financial Times has a rather pessimistic piece on France today, which makes the claim that France is the sick man of the Eurozone. (I can't quote from the article without violating the FT's rather strict reading of the copyright laws, so you'll have to settle for the link and find your way beyond the paywall). Suffice it to say that the article's stark conclusion is based entirely on the Purchasing Managers' Index, which has been misleading in the past and probably is now as well.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think that the French economy is doing at all well. But to single it out as the weak link in the European economy is wrong, and probably a prelude to louder calls for stricter adherence to austerity by the French, on the grounds that more austerity-minded governments had a better third quarter. This is wrong-headed and short-sighted.