Jean Fourastie; Economist Who Aided Reconstruction of France

Jean Fourastie, 83, economist who helped oversee the reconstruction of postwar France. A longtime commentator for the newspaper Le Figaro and the news magazine l'Express, Fourastie worked alongside Jean Monnet and Pierre Masse in planning economic and industrial policies after World War II. He had headed the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences and was the author of numerous books including "The Great Hope of the 20th Century" in 1949, "40,000 Hours" in 1965 and "From One France to Another" in 1986. On Wednesday in the Lot region of France.

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