Reports the Paris government is looking at ways of increasing competition in the French retail sector have prompted renewed rumours that Wal-Mart could soon move into France. Despite the problems with its operation in Germany, there has been speculation for some time among United States analysts that Wal-Mart would either buy a French chain or would open its own stores in France. Commentators now suggest, however, that entry into France for Wal-Mart would be easier if the Chirac government relaxed the Galland Law, which prohibits low cost selling, or eased the restrictions on large store development set out in the country's Raffarin Law. {{NEWS }}