French economy expands by 0.5%: data

Paris (AFP) –


The French economy expanded by 0.5 percent in the second quarter of the year despite a slowdown in growth in business investment, the Insee national statistics agency said on Friday.

That quarter-on-quarter pace matches the growth the French economy managed in the previous two quarters, confirming a modest recovery in the eurozone's second-largest economy continued despite political uncertainty during the presidential and parliamentary elections.

An increase in the growth of consumer consumption, to 0.3 percent from 0.1 percent in the first three months of the year, helped compensate for a slowdown in the increase in business investment to 0.5 percent from 1.4 percent following the expiration of tax incentives.

Exports also helped boost growth, jumping by 3.1 percent after having contracted by 0.7 percent in the previous quarter.