French economy grows 0.6 percent in second quarter

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France's economy grew by 0.6 percent in the second quarter, compared with 0.2 percent in the first three months of the year, Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said on Friday.

Speaking on Europe 1 radio, Lagarde also said 35,000 jobs had been created in the second quarter, but indicated that a forecast of 2.5 percent growth in 2011 would remain unchanged.

France -- Europe's biggest economy after Germany -- experienced a recession last year of 2.5 percent, but President Nicolas Sarkozy's government is expecting growth of 1.4 percent for the whole of this year.

© 2010 AFP

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