Today I gave a talk at the Conference RENCONTRES ECONOMIQUES 2012 “L’ajustement des déséquilibres en zone euro” at the Ministry of Finance in Paris. I discussed the legacy of the Monti government, the positive and negative aspects of the economic reforms,  and some implications of the current governmernt crisis. I was very surprised to see how little the French   audience actually knew about  the economic and political situation in Italy. The slides of my presentations are here