Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

Brazil's presidential election seen from the web

Read more

WEB NEWS

Ivory Coast launches the "Soap Bucket Challenge"

Read more

#TECH 24

Anonymous Vs ISIS

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus: US to send 3,000 troops to West Africa

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Nigeria attack: Bomb blast in college in Kano

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: Lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy's political comeback: did he ever leave?

Read more

DEBATE

The World This Week

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Travel chaos: Air France pilots take industrial action

Read more

France

France's deficit shrinks in 2011

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-03-30

France's public deficit shrank to 5.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011, official statistics agency INSEE said on Friday. The 12-month drop from 7.1 per cent of GDP in 2010 is the biggest fall on record.

AFP - France beat its public deficit target for 2011 with a figure of 5.2 percent of output, official statistics institute INSEE said Friday, instead of the 5.7 percent forecast in the budget.

The deficit figure was confirmed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a radio interview. The state of France's public coffers has become a key issue in a presidential election campaign which is in its final weeks.

The deficit, which includes state and social services spending such as the public health system, was 7.1 percent of GDP in 2010 and the 12-month drop is the biggest fall on record.

This means "that the commitments I made, if the French give me their trust, to be at three percent in 2012 will be held and zero percent in 2016," Sarkozy told Europe 1 radio.

French public debt however continued to expand in 2011, hitting 85.8 percent of gross domestic product, higher than the 84.9 percent forecast, INSEE said.

EU nations are supposed to keep their public deficits at under 3.0 percent of GDP and their public debt at under 60 percent.

INSEE said in 2011 public spending slowed to 2.3 percent growth and tax revenue rose to 43.8 percent of GDP, up from 42.5 percent in 2010.
 

Date created : 2012-03-30

  • FRANCE

    French economy edges up as Italy slips into recession

    Read more

  • ECONOMY

    French trade deficit hit record €69.6 billion in 2011

    Read more

  • FRENCH POLITICS

    Far right's economic plans not credible, French say

    Read more

COMMENT(S)